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Blair Legarde

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  1. Thanks, you two! I will seriously consider NaNoWriMo if my coursework forecast doesn't look too rough. Glad to be a part of your community. 🙂
  2. Basics Name/Penname: Blair Legarde Age: 25 State/country: New York, USA Education: High School and currently pursuing a BA in Creative Writing Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Reading - Fantasy, Fanfiction, poetry, random knowledge found on the internet. Writing poetry and fantasy stories. Playing video games - anything with a great story or that I can play with friends, or both. Some of my most favorite are the .Hack// series, Xenosaga trilogy, Star Ocean 3, Valkyrie Profile 2, Final Fantasy X + X-2, Mass Effect trilogy, Dragon Age trilogy (4 when?), Final Fantasy XIV, Fire Emblem, Pokemon, and the dreaded League of Legends. When I reference my love of video games in conversation I almost always cite Xenosaga as the best game I've ever played, though. The story is absolutely incredible and I cry every time. I also enjoy exercising, nature, and having meaningful conversations. What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? My modern favorite is Kristin Cashore. I'm currently listening to Jane, Unlimited via Audible and I'm somehow surprised at how much I'm enjoying its unique structure. Her Graceling series is a complete winner for me and I recommend it to everyone. Other favorites are Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, which I recommend to any writer, Bram Stoker's Dracula, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (which I just finished, else a friend threatened to disown me), William Wordsworth in general, and many other poets I've read that I won't list here at the moment. What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? I don't watch television, really, but my old favorites are Buffy the Vampire Slayer (has anyone else read those published fanfiction books? I still have them somewhere, but I loved them) and Teen Titans. I've been enjoying the new Marvel movies. I think it would be easier to name the movies I don't like, which is pretty much anything horror and Titanic. Yes, Titanic is responsible for my one and only phobia, which is the fear of being on a ship at sea. Why did they show it to us in 3rd grade? Pure. Evil. Writing How long have you been writing? I wrote a lot as a kid. Mostly crazy fantasy stories with my friends as characters. I also did a lot of online role-playing in middle/high school to flex my writing skills. I sadly stopped for a long time afterward, until recently. I've hardly begun to write again, but I'm making some modicum of progress. What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) I wrote a short story for English class in 8th or 9th grade. We were supposed to do our own rendition of a fairy tale, and I chose Little Red Riding Hood. It was called Red and was written in first-person. It followed Red on the only day of the year she is allowed to leave house arrest to visit her grandmother, who she discovers to be eaten and replaced by Wolf. She promptly murders Wolf with an axe and buries him in her grandmother's back yard. The police come to collect her shortly after. That's the gist of it! Rather dark for me, especially when I was so young. And I said I disliked horror movies - ha. I earned an A+ and was complimented as the only one to use first-person, which I was proud of for some time. Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. I wish I could say I have a current one, but I hardly do. My WIP is in that bare-bones stage of "I have one page of how the magic in the world works written down and everything else is in my head so does this even count as a WIP?" Embarrassing, but there it is. I have about four or five characters that have swirled around in my head for some time now, however, and I know quite a bit about their personalities. I think my favorite to think about is Mar - a young woman who was exiled from her clan for trying to destroy a false deity that had slowly brainwashed her people into revering it, which gave it power. When she failed, she was sent across the sea to a cursed land, and must learn to survive its perils. I think I love Mar because she is the angriest, grittiest character I've ever thought of and her situation is completely hopeless, yet she continues to fight for survival if only for the chance to one day take her home back. Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. The most worldbuilding I've ever done was of Mar's world. The false deity that claims her clan is some form of wisp that gains sentience and power when it's around many people. Because Mar's clan is not educated on magic or magical creatures, it takes advantage of them. The world itself is divided into several continents that have had little to no contact with one another ever since a great war that happened on the central, decaying continent known as the Cursed Land. The idea was to have Mar eventually meet representatives of the other continents who, for one reason or another, are surveying the Cursed Land. I'd like to return to this story some day and finish it, because I have so much of the plot just lazily swimming around in my mind. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? I think I mentioned that one page...right? Progress! Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? No, though it has often been recommended to me. If I know what's good for me I should probably look into it for this year. Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? r/fantasywriters What made you decide to join? The desire to get myself motivated, have a writing site to call home, and to meet other writers. What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? (Examples: Find a beta reader, get feedback, motivation, a sense of community, fine-tuning) All of the examples listed above. Mostly a sense of community, I think. Looking forward to talking to everyone, Blair