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  1. Project: Dreams of a Breathless Dragon Goals: Get at LEAST a decent chunk / majority of it done by the end of the year, if not all of it. But that seems unlikely. Summary (rough): Edylzi, a Tower Dragon in the Greater Region where dragons lived, was an outcast and hermit of a dragon was able to experience something other dragons only had heard about in myth and legend: Edylzi dreamed. Feeling more alive in dreams than in waking, Edylzi condemned themselves to a life of somnolent solitude. However, after an unusual night with their only friend, Edylzi discovered something that could change their lives, and the lives of all the dragons in the Greater Region, forever. But could Edylzi's wandering mind keep up with the cascade of events that were sure to follow? This novel is in the same universe as the short story I submitted back in December or January or whenever that was ("Pymyre, Weaver of Dragon Souls"), though that story was standalone and has nothing to do with DoaBD, which is the "main event" in a way that occurs after the events of that story.
  2. Yes, and whenever I do this, I get so tempted to go off track for a while and fill in some more about them, or accidentally start making the main character's thoughts too centered on that character. This is something that is not a problem in writing theatre LARPs, thankfully, because in those, every secondary character in someone's backstory or otherwise is, most likely, just another player character who gets their own story as the main character for themselves. If everyone feels they are a main character, everyone is a secondary character to each other, and all secondary characters are fleshed out and given love! I think that's wonderful. It's just so hard in more linear fiction!
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    Really, everyone should have responded "Maybe" to this. It would be such a cliffhanger!
  4. Money, chocolate, and a small toy dragon. And the blessing of some family members as I came out as transgender to them. And their appreciation of a musical performance for them, finally, instead of just dealing with me and my usually-abrasive music. Falling into more complete love for narrative at the forefront of art brought me to the folk harp the past few months, and that helped considerably for me to get to that point with them. I have already used some of the money I received to buy a very pretty dress I have had my eye on for months and a few other smaller things, mostly to complement it. So I guess mostly I received self-reassurance. And also a lovely toy dragon. That is also important.
  5. I am also Zovi (Zovi#3058) on Discord.
  6. I feel like, to a point, that when a writer in fantasy is writing a decidedly non-human character with decidedly non-human thought patterns and mannerisms, they often write them as something approaching neurodivergence, and good writers will get (perhaps accidentally) pretty close to something that resonate with neurodivergent people, I think. I've noticed this with a couple of novels I've read recently concerning human-appearing main characters with dragon or semi-dragon thought processes ("The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart" by Stephanie Burgess and "Seraphina" by Rachel Hartman, respectively). Their disconnects with some aspects of human interaction feel super familiar. I find this empowering, personally, because there are a lot of fantasy writers, then, writing neurodivergence into their plots without even realizing it! But at the same time, they're not usually the character the author intends you to identify with. In these, that's not the case and the character is absolutely who you are meant to identify with, but I am pretty sure these are a minority. I'd still like to see more of that, though. It seems easier for non-neurodivergent writers to write this sort of character if they're not human, anyway. Maybe that's a bad thing. I certainly could see it being less than ideal for people who want to be considered human above all things, like, properly human human as opposed to just "a person to be respected." But it's a nice emergent thing, perhaps.
  7. I recently read The Traitor Baru Cormorant and The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson and totally want to talk about those with more people. It is FANTASTIC hard fantasy with near-Machiavellian themes. The second book in the series just came out a month and a half ago. I'm so excited about where it looks like it's going for the third book.
  8. Thank you for listening! The E. Mezuxie stuff is a mixture of soft synths (I used a ton of instances of a Minimoog clone) and hardware synths and keyboards, plus a good number of effects to get that sound. There's also electric guitar in Through. A lot of the composition is based on polyrhythms of repeating phrases. I tried to make that a theme. And thank you, I will take "nuts" as a compliment for my work as Zovi 🙂
  9. That sounds wonderful! I'd love to read about that lore.
  10. Thank you! I have not actually played any Spyro games ever, although I probably would enjoy them mechanically, at least. I'll have to try one at some point. But Spyro's design isn't something I'm super into, which is perhaps the dragon-minded reason.
  11. Zovi

    Hello :)

    Oooh, Metanoia has a becoming-gods plot! I love those! And at the cost of the people directly! Even better! It would be lovely to see Alinora have to face that head-on, perhaps put in a situation where she would have to sacrifice some to save the rest, or something.
  12. I definitely recommend Seraphina, though I haven't read the sequel and spinoff yet on purpose because the reviews suggest it may be a letdown for why I liked Seraphina. But it's really, really worth reading Seraphina, yeah. And the rest of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles! I was somewhat sad at first that the whole series isn't from Cimorene's perspective (love her), but the other perspectives are all quite fascinating as well. It's quite freeing with no humans, I think. You're fully immersed in the fantasy, in a way. And yeah, there can be more respectful dragon riding, but it kind of feels like human propaganda in a way...like, "we have reached a reasonable agreement out of respect (!) with these dragons for them to be our subservient steeds when we need them to do that to further the human plot!" Like, okay, you're friends, but it seems kind of like a one-sided friendship in terms of plot utility most of the time.
  13. Admittedly, my dragon setting is rather soft fantasy. They are magical and tied to cosmic happenings. They don't eat and they don't breathe to survive (a dragon's mouth is specifically for use as a tool and for their Breath). And yes, actually, reading the Enchanted Forest Chronicles is what jumpstarted my love for dragons a few years ago into overdrive. It was beautiful. Kazul and the rest are exactly how I would like dragons to be characterized, and I did base some of my setting on that (rather vaguely). Recently I read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, which has a similar level of respect for dragons communicated by the author, though in different circumstances and rather different and interesting setting.
  14. Absolutely no humans, nor any other life (though I might break that for some birds in a side project). I am quite obsessed with the alien qualities of legendary/mythological non-human entities, and putting a single human or close-to-human being in the story will draw a human reader's sympathies toward that character. I want to remove that entirely. I want to force the reader to understand the dragons are the main characters no matter how one spins it. I have the apparently-unpopular opinion that dragon riding and dragon breeding by humans and other such common dragon plot hooks are demeaning to dragons and I prefer literature that doesn't...do that. Unfortunately, there is not relatively much that I've found, so I'm forging ahead with creating my own, I guess.
  15. Thank you! The setting, more specifically, is that of a Greater Region of dragonkind, with dragons in towers and caves and underwater and in all sorts of places, often depending on their breaths and concepts of dragon propriety and either following or breaking those rules. The novel follows a hermit-like, introspective, something-of-a-psychological-mess purple dragon from their perspective (but not the one in my profile pic, that one is me, and Edylzi is not exactly a self-insert). I will likely post the first draft of the first chapter at some point soon, since I need to forge ahead from that instead of going back to it over and over.