You thought I was dead huh?

Well I’m not! That’s right! Now that NaNoWriMo has come back around, Kyo is back as well!!!

I’m not gonna lie. I’m a horrible blogger. It’s true. I write for a while then vanish when I have nothing to say and then come back when something interesting is going on and repeat the process over and over again. For some of you it will suck but hey! Look on the bright side, you will never have a blog from me on a random topic of no interest. You are welcome my friends. 

Anyways. As I said, NaNoWriMo is here and for those who don’t know that is National Novel Writing Month and at the end of yesterday, Day 1, I was at 2,222 words. Most of my followers will know what that is and those who paid attention to my previous blogs will know about Ilisrian. Need a refreasher, eh? Okay.

Ilisrian is a novel series set in the future where virtual reality gaming is now true and real. You hook up to a machine and ‘download’ yourself into a game. Think….Avatar but instead of going into a body on another planet you just go into a game….and your not a blue 8 foot tall creature thingy…..

Moving on! Ilisrian is the name of the novel and the game in the novel. It’s a typical mmorpg with monsters and lords and dragons and quests and all that good stuff! The fun part is the people playing the game and that the game is completely unscripted. The players choose the course of the game and what happens. The big evil of the game? Doesn’t exsist. There are monsters, yes, and factions that hate each other but no clear cut views on who is right and who is wrong. That’s up to the players to decide. And the world? Well they are watching the players while they game because if this isn’t the ultimate in reality television what is? 

I’ll be posting updates and tid-bits from the story as I go along but for now I will quote gamer-girl Lacee and say “I hope theres dragons. Lots and lots of dragons!”

Have a great day and Happy Writing!

❤ Kyo


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Kyo is alive!

Soooo sorry I have not updated you guys on what I’ve been doing the past couple weeks but things have been super busy here at the farm. We had a lot of bad storms come through that left us with weeks worth of repairs to do that sapped all my time away from the computer. It even took away from my writing time as I work from 5am to 1pm and then have barn work that drains my energy for anything else.

But when we finally got the farm all fixed up my family and I started a new adventure. A weight loss adventure. Sadly, this to will take away from my writing time so it might be a while before I have anything writing related to share with you guys but hopefully you will stick with me until the time that I can write more rolls around because to me my health is more important and I have to take this step.

So far that is going good. Today was the week 1 weigh in and my sister lost 1.4 pounds (she had a serious wake-up call on how hard she is going to have to work) my mother lost 6 pounds (*Cheers all super proud like*) but I was the biggest loser this week with a total of 7.4 pounds lost! Yay me! I’m aiming for 10 lost this week so I will be working even harder then ever. And eating healthier then ever!

Now, I’m not sure if I will post about my journey here or in a separate blog but a lot of people have been asking me what I’m eating, how I’m working out, and a lot of different questions. I think I will probably do a new one and drag in a few guest authors from others I know that had a great amount of success in changing their lives. 

But have no fear! I will not forget about you guys nor have I completely abandoned my writing. It’s just taking a backseat to my health for a little while.

Until next time! Have a good day and happy writing!

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Mini Update.

I’ve changed my camp nano project. Instead of doing a guide (which is currently 6k of jumbled notes) I’m going to be doing journal/scrolls that are wrote by gamers in the world of Ilasrian.

I just hate not having something to post for you guys to read and learn about the world. Plus, writing about people in the game will help me figure out things about the game so it’s win-win, eh?

Also, two confirmed races for the world. The Kinyth and the Ilisirn. The Ilisirn being the founding race of Ilisrian and of a elven-esque type (but done my way cause standard elves are cliche but if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it) and the Kinyth being of animal bonded decent (essentially the original pet class of the world).

I should have a scroll up for you by tomorrow! Have a good day and happy writing!

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The world of Ilasrian is coming alive!

As Camp Nanowrimo progresses and time goes by my word count is limited but my world has grown huge. Though it took a while as I got caught up on the technical aspects of the game and the mechanics. Luckily I found a fellow writer who also happened to be a gamer on the nano forums and she and I began debating ideas back and forth and helped me work through a lot of my questions and uncertainties.

One of the things I was caught up on was respawning. I originally wanted absolutely no respawning. If you died in the game that was it. Game OVER! However, she helped me see that while I, as a hardcore gamer, would simply take that to mean ‘get your head on straight and play smart, bia-bia,’ the casual gamer might be thrown off of playing it even if it is the first ever full immersion virtual game. However, I wanted the risk to be high to discourage impulsive actions and to make the tension of a high class battle mean something. If the character can just respawn then their death means nothing.

So we came up with the soul binding towers. (They will not be called that in the story but I’m not up to naming them at the moment. ^.^) You see, few and far between in the land of Ilasrian are the great towers (or orbs, or alters, or something but we shall refer to them as towers for now) that a player can bind their soul to. By bind I mean they save. If they fall in battle their body and all items/equipment they had at their save point are ‘absorbed’ back into Ilasrian and they are reborn at their save point. Sound simple enough, right?

‘But Kyo, that’s still respawning and takes away the thrill and danger of the fight!’

Wrong! Two points. One: A player can not save/bind their soul at the same tower twice in a row. If they bind at Tower 1 the next save HAS to be at a different tower. And they are, as I said, few and far between so their is risk of traveling to the next tower but they have to if they wish to save again. They can only return to Tower 1 after they have saved somewhere else. So they run the risk of saving at level 10, getting almost to Tower 2 and dying at level 24 before they reached the next tower. (Towers may or may not be closer/farther apart).

‘But I still don’t see the risk, Kyo!’

Give me a minute! Okay the big ‘oh shit’ factor? Respawns are not unlimited. You only get so many (2-5 dependent on race/class) So if you only have 3 rebirths and die three times? Your character is dead. Done. Gone Forever.

How’s that for the big risk?

Now I am still working on one aspect. When a person starts the game their brain is scanned and all their memories, knowledge, and essentially everything they are is scanned into their new character/avatar. While they play their character is only able to retain the knowledge and memories they had on that initial scan and what happens in the game. So all the breaks the players take where they leave the game world and spend time with their friends, have a nice hot shower, crack open a cold beer and watch the game? When they are in the game they won’t remember those moments. So say you play the game for a year. Your real self will remember the game and your real life. When you are in the game though you will only remember the game world. When you are in the game you have no knowledge that you ever left and that helps drive the nail in the coffin of ‘this might be a game but it’s my world now’. That, my friends, is going to cause some VERY interesting things to happen to our dear players throughout their adventure.

A few people have listened to me go back and forth about races and no, I still have not decided yet, but I do know their will be multiple races. How many? No clue! But at least three. What I am going to try and do differently though is intermingling the races. None of this (humans live here, elves live there, dwarfs over yonder, and all humans are alike, all elves are alike, ect) the races are going to be living together. Their might be isolated villages here and their but in Ilasrian the races live and work together.

The races are not all the same either. The nature/animal bound race of the forest will have different cultures, morals, and way of being then the nature/animal bound race of the mountains. Hell, even in the forest their might be several different cultures within a single race. Just like all us humans here on earth.

That leads me to the next decision I made. The big bad? The major quest? The evil that needs to be vanquished? Doesn’t exist! Not in this game! Oh there are quests and trust me there are plots and things going on but who is evil? Who is good? What is the right thing to do? What is the wrong path to choose? No one knows, especially the players. That, my friends, is something we are all going to have to learn along the way. And what we learn might just surprise us.

Have a good day and Happy Writing!

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A Trip Into A Fantasy World! Or is it a gaming world? What is it??

I know, I know! I promised to be better about updating this blog more often but hey! It’s only been a week this time! So, wanna know what I’ve been up to? Do you? You don’t? Well, I’m gonna tell you anyways.

As some of you may know I’ve restarted work on the fantasy gaming world that I once attempted then tossed aside. With Revival being set aside for the moment so the other authors and I can concentrate on our solo work I have been able to throw myself completely into this project and I am loving the results. Notebooks full of information and notes and creatures and races and all sorts of fun stuff!

This is a whole new ballpark for me, this world of writing fantasy. I’ve said it before but my normal area is in realistic settings. Modern times with modern people. Now I’m writing in a mix of a fantasy world that is actually a video gaming world that is set in a futuristic world! It’s all sorts of crazy and I’m loving every moment.

The only difficult parts I have encountered so far are the things that separate a fantasy world in a novel from the world of a gaming companies creation. In a fantasy world you want everything to feel real. All of the settings, the creatures, the races, real! Where as in a gaming world you know it is not all real and can have fun with things. The trouble is making sure that while the gaming world can be fun and feel like a ‘game’ that the story and plot of the people in the world remain real. I think I have a good handle on it but we shall see.

Let me end this with a question to you guys. What is your comfort zone in writing? What genre or theme are you most comfortable writing in? Are you a mystery writer who gets lost trying to throw in romance? Are you a science fiction thriller writer who flounders like a fish out of water in a medieval comedy story? What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses?

As always, Have a good day and happy writing!

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Camp Nanowrimo is right around the bend!

Are you guys as pumped as I am for NaNoWrimo to start? I am and am not tackling a project as big as last time. This time around I am handling two different projects. The one is the work on Revival: Rise of the Black Dragon, as I have mentioned in previous posts, as well as the 50 short stories challenge.

Now, I have not exactly figured out what I will be doing those short stories on as in; Will they be centered around Revival characters? Will they revolve around characters in my solo novel series? Will they be unrelated, random stories? I haven’t decided! But I will let you guys know and I promise to be more active on here during the month and I will be posting a lot of writing Excerpts or full short stories so you guys will have something to read.

But enough about me! What about you guys? Are you doing Nano? Are you planning or pantsing? What genre are you aiming for? Is it something new to you or something familiar? Leave a comment and lets talk about it! There are almost 50 of you guys but not much interaction here. Lets change that!!

As always, have a good day and happy writing!!

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Satsuki Fukumoto [Playlist]

Revival: A Novel Series

Playlist featuring my original character, “Satsuki Fukumoto.” Just a brief glance into my seventeen year-old musician:

Satsuki is the epitome of innocence, gentleness, and grace. She loves life and tries to see the good in every human being, regardless of how much the world has given up on them. When others believe that there is no hope left for the individual or that there is no turning back for them, Satsuki takes that person by the hand and tries to lead them from going even further astray. Like a shepherd tending to lost sheep and protecting them from the evil wolves, Satsu is also a protector of the weak and defenseless.

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Away for the weekend!

Kyo will be going away on a camping trip for the weekend so I will not be around to post as the mountains have very limited cell service but I will hopefully have a lot to tell you all when I return. After all, a weekend on horseback up in the mountains with plenty of silence and scenery to lose myself in always seems to help jump start the creative juices. I remember going on a trail ride for several hours during April’s Camp Nanowrimo and gaining so much inspiration.

Granted, it was inspiration for a completely  new story and in no way helped Camp but still! I had great ideas flowing and with the restart of my untitled video-gaming-politics-of-war-and-blood novel s little creative surge is a great thing!

What about you guys? Do you find being out in nature good for getting your brain working? Or do you get more muse from a crowded city and a round of people watching? Drop a line and let me know!

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Fun Fact #2

Fun Fact #2.

Here is a re-blog for you guys from my new co-blog with my fellow Revival writers. Just a little blurb about our history since the eight years of Revival’s of our series’ birth!

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Things are looking up!

The new project is up and running! Ya’ll want to check it out? The link will be down yonder near the bottom of this post. It’s taken a bit of work and still has some work to do as we wait for our third author to get off her bum and hop to it ^.^ but other then that it is ready to go, long before the july camp is ready to start. 

We plan on using the July camp as a HUGE push in the transcribing department. So far, our plans are to have the ebook ready for publication by Christmas and the hardback novels ready for printing at the ring in of the new year!

What about you guys though? Are any of you doing the July camp? Or do you have a big project you are currently working on or planning out? Let me know!

And as always. Have a good day and happy writing!

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