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Can you describe them?

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One of the key elements to my writing style for The Weathered Kingdoms, is the fact that I don’t include a lot of descriptions.  Bare minimum, in fact.  I have chosen to do this as I wish for my readers to create their own, very personal images of the characters and locations.  

That being said, I have decided to include descriptions of one physical attribute of each of the main characters, to lend depth.  These are few examples of what I’m including;

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Proof Readers Please

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I have finished the writing and typing up of The Weathered Kingdoms.

Three years of writing and a few weeks of typing have brought me the accomplishment of 15500 words over 28 basically formatted a4 pages.  And now it need to make sure that it actually makes sense.

During the typing process I changed a few names which need to be checked for continuity.  My grammar is also quite poor, especially, I believe, my use of apostrophes when used to identify a possession.  Not to mention the fact that I typed the whole thing out using an iPad and, whilst I tried to catch every auto correct that tried to insert itself, I’m fairly certain a few remain.

I feel the need to point out that, despite the fact that it is a story aimed at children, it is very wordy.  I will not be editing this issue.  Simply put, this is how I write.  When I was a child, I would read books that were more advanced that my own vocabulary because of the superior story quality.  If there was a word that I did not understand, I would learn it, and in doing so, expand my knowledge of the English language.  This is a quality that I am aiming to inspire in my younger readers.  I will include a glossary at the end of the book and also on this site (to save the digital readers the hassle).

If there is anyone out there that is interested in doing a bit of proof reading for this story, leave a comment on this page or message me via my Facebook page.

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Copy, Right?

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Copyright is the most basic right when it comes to your creations.  The most simple way to describe what copyright actually is, would be that it stops other people making money from something that you have created without your permission.

It can apply to pretty much any kind of creation; story, movie, art work, design and idea.

All that you have to do, in order to claim copyright, is to prove that you had it first.  

To do so, is also very simple.  Post it to youself.

Put a copy or a photograph of your creation into an envelope (I use padded, just in case), take it to the post office, make sure that it is sent with one of those printed our stamps that include the date and be sure to get a proof of posting.  

When you receive the package, do not open it.  Put it somewhere safe, with the proof of posting, until it is needed.

Alternatively, you can email a copy to yourself, although this method is less concrete as any proof can be tampered with of photoshopped, making the postal method must more effective.

Keep you creations safe, and they’ll keep you safe.
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Concept Art

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Otherwise known as proof as to why I will not be the one to illustrate my story.

  
Flames of white whipped the fire into a frenzy, the flames rose so hush as to scorch the eaves of the ceiling, an overwhelming scent of sulfur, of rotten eggs, caused each member to the assembled to reel away from the hearth.
  
Using her disguised form to her advantage, she flew around her to create an enchanted circle to contain the magic, then landed on the finger that had been extended towards her, as the queen had noticed the beautiful dragonfly encircling her.

  
From then moment the stone had come into contact with that woman, the black crow stirred.  Through every movement it had stayed in place, stuck fast to the young seer’s shoulder.
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The Weathered Kingdoms (working title)

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The kingdoms are in chaos.  Their only hope is the marriage of the Royal families.

The magical princess and her beloved prince have a chance to save their homelands, yet on the eve of their wedding they are torn apart.

Now the prince must discover a way to return his princess’s lost soul before their people decend into civil war.  
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I’ve Written A Book

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So I’ve finally actually finished a book.

I’ve been trying to do so for the past seven years.

Story after story has been started, very few in vain, however none that have, so far, reached completion.

Although, admittedly, this is a short(ish) children’s story, however it has taken me two years to get to this point.  I started it as a way to pass the time when I arrived early for my job at an after-school club, hence the genre, and have just been doing bits here and there ever since.  I even kept it almost a secret, by omission, simply because I find that the more I talk about what I’m writing, the more imaginary pressure I feel and the less motivated I would be to actually write.  Keeping it to myself gave me the freedom to write whatever, whenever and wherever I wanted, with no thoughts about having to get a certain amount done, dreading the ever present, “so how’s your story coming?”

My efforts now will be focused on getting this completed story published.  Once typed up, creating a second draft, I will be distributing it a few people who will proof read it, helping me to create a third draft.
This version of the story will then be made available to the world using amazon’s self-publishing process.
If the story is well accepted and I can save up some money from the sales, I will then publish paper copies.  The final goal is to publish a fully illustrated copy.

For the illustrations, I will be asking the talented people of the internet to submit any artwork they would like, to be considered to be added to the published edition as well as the digital.

This, of course, all hangs on how well it is received.  If even a small handful of people enjoy it, I will be happy.

I will be documenting my progress via this blog as well as a new YouTube account
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Wish me luck.
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Fort Z (working title) paragraph 1 (first draft)

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Dead.
Mostly dead.
If it wasn’t for the commotion coming from the car park, she would have assumed that there were no more than twenty or so people in the retail park that morning. Had it not been for the car alarm that caught the attention of the guy who was recommending to her a few of the local tourist spots, nobody in the shop would have survived. “LOCK THE DOOR,” he yelled, startling the seven other customers standing within the confines of the shop. He sprinted to the till, calling out, “the key for the door, where is it? Where is it?” The cashier, hands shaking, pulled out a ring of keys, flinching as he snatched them from her on his way past, heading for the door which slid open before he could reach it. Three teenagers, tripping over one another, came belting into the building, the third of which was streaming blood from his shoulder. “Get back, get away, I’m bit, I’ve been bitten, they’re coming, those sons of bitches are coming!”

Yes, it’s a zombie novel, yes, it’s my first attempt at horror, yes I would like feedback, the good and the bad, and yes, I need a good name, an actual title “Fort ………..” It either needs to be a hopeful name, like salvation or hope, or an end of the world name, like omega or apocalypse, I’m undecided as to which, so suggestions would be appreciated.