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  1. Sam

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    Hello, everyone! After a couple of days of lurking, I've decided to introduce myself finally. :) I'm not very good at coming up with stuff to say about myself, so I'll just use the helpful template. Basics Name/Penname: Sam Age: 31 State/country: Russia Education: I dropped out of college after a year because of a family situation. After that, my education has been all over the place: lots of online and offline courses on lots of different subjects. Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Writing, reading, learning new languages, tabletop roleplaying games, going on road trips with friends whenever time permits, cooking, horseback riding, watching figure skating, occasionally drawing. What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? The list of my favorite books changes monthly, because I keep reading new books and adding them to that list. I read too much. :D Listing favorite authors would probably be easier, so here goes, in no particular order: Seanan McGuire Robin Hobb Mark Lawrence Stephen King RoAnna Sylver Sharon Shinn Megan Whalen Turner Michael J. Sullivan N.K. Jemisin Scott Lynch What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? I don't watch a lot of movies, but the two that spring to mind immediately are The Princess Bride (a childhood favorite) and Only Lovers Left Alive. As for TV shows, I do watch a lot of them. My current top-5 probably looks like this: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Jessica Jones Stranger Things Babylon 5 Dollhouse Writing How long have you been writing? Since I learned how to write. Before that, I was making up stories in my head and sometimes asking adults to write them down. What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) I have a very foggy recollection of it (that was one of the stories I made up as a very small kid and asked my father to write down for me), but it was a retelling of a bedtime fairy tale. In the original fairy tale, a strong and cunning hero killed a dragon who was terrorizing a kingdom, or something like that. In my version, the hero decided to talk to the dragon instead, convinced it that killing people was bad, became the dragon's friend and I think they went on some kind of adventure together, possibly to convince an evil king from another fairy tale to stop being evil and to become their friend, too. The story was widely read and praised by my entire family. :D Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. This is a very complicated question that I'll probably have to skip. The truth is, every character of mine is my favorite. There are some who are harder to write than others, but I really love all of them, even the villains. (Sometimes especially the villains). Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. The world itself is probably a rather generic "medieval fantasy with a bit of renaissance," but I like the magic system I came up with for it. The effect isn't very unusual: it simply allows the users to imbue various items with unusual properties (a charmed quill that only allows its user to write the truth even if they try hard to lie; a knife that makes any food cut with it turn fresh even if it got rotten already, that sort of thing). The catch is that it has a price, paid in memories. For every item they create, the mages forget something: maybe the plot of a book they once read, maybe a type of animal they often encounter, maybe their own birthday—it could be anything. It's impossible to predict by any widely known means which memory is going to be lost. That's why mages tend to be very smart and well-traveled: they spend a big part of their lives learning as much as possible about the world around them and experiencing new and new things so they have more things to forget. It is believed that the more things one has to forget, the smaller the chance of forgetting something really important, like whether you have a child or who your own mother even is. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? I have several (I always have several). The main one is a slice of life urban fantasy about a bunch of young mediums, shifters, vampires, ghosts, friendly neighborhood lovecraftian monsters and other supernatural creatures squatting together in a mysterious house protected by a witch's spell because they have nowhere else to go. It's sort of a collection of novellas, each centering around a particular character and loosely connected by an overarching plot. The setting is basically a kitchen sink of urban fantasy tropes; there are mysteries, magic, and supernatural politics, but mostly it's just a character-driven new adult story about finding your place in the world and learning to accept others as well as yourself and all that. It's not the most original thing ever created, but I'm having a lot of fun with it. Once I've written and edited a few parts/novellas, I'm planning to start putting it online as a web serial. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? Yes, several times. I finally won for the first time in 2018, a fact I'm still very proud of. Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? I'm part of a writing game site called 4TheWords. A short while ago I made a post on the forums there asking if anyone knew of an online writing community and was directed here. What made you decide to join? I really love NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNo for the sense of community it provides: it makes writing stop feeling solitary. So I've been looking for some sort of community that would provide the same feeling for more than three months a year, and I'm hoping this might be it. What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? (Examples: Find a beta reader, get feedback, motivation, a sense of community, fine-tuning the craft, etc) A sense of community; motivation; eventually feedback, once I feel brave enough for that. :)
  2. Name/Penname: EdelBeeRocker, you can call me Jess Age: 31 State/country: Ohio, USA Education: Associate's in something boring Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Coloring, photographing random animals, cooking, raising hot peppers and monarch butterflies, spending time outdoors with my pupperonis. What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is probably my all time favorite. What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? I'm currently enjoying American God's. I can't wait for the last season of GoT and for Good Omens to start. Writing How long have you been writing? I have been writing in one form or another since I was 12 or 13. What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) I did some super cringey fanfics back in the day. The first thing I wrote and liked was a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood where Hood was in a cult that served Granny and everyone but the Wolf died eating poisoned cookies. Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. My three favorite characters are Erin, William and Joseph. Erin is the MC of The True Covenant. She is a teenager in the current WIP. She is the daughter of a monster hunter and a mage that retired from the life. She is a pretty crap mage in her own right. She is filled with good intentions and really really bad ideas. William is an elder vampire and the eldest practicing non-lich necromancer in my world. He is an absolute rat bastard, but most people think he's a pretty stand up guy because he does good deeds. They are all done for selfish reasons though. Joseph is a vampire hunter that was turned. He's just shy of 300, a night club owner and a psychonaut. He is deeply religious, which is why he didn't kill himself after he became a vampire. He has been living the life of a family man vicariously through his best friend from WWII. Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. The world of the True Covenant is the product of a forum RP I ran a long time ago. It is like our own in many ways. There are several organizations playing in the background to maintain the order of the world against magic and monsters. If anyone is interested, I think I still have a write up if all the organizations from back in the RP days Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? It's a long walk from Erin's intro to magic to the destruction of Narrowsville four years later. I've got about two and a half years written. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? I don't know what that is so no. 🙂 Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? I was referred by another member in a FB fantasy writing group. What made you decide to join? It seemed very chill and reminds me of my Gaia days in some ways What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? Friends and feedback 🙂
  3. Basics Name/Penname: Rose Whitewater / Selenity Age: 32 Education: High School, some college, some certificate courses. Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Role-playing, reading, writing, singing, cooking, gaming, budgeting, blogging- cooking, writing, lifestyle, and financial. What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? My fave genre to read is fantasy- be it high elves, werewolves, witches, or a bit of mysticism in a seemingly 'normal' environment. What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? I'm on a kdrama kick at the moment. But i'm often watching anime or re-watching one of my all time favorite movies: Limitless (or it's spinoff tv series), Harry Potter, Serenity (or the firefly series). Writing How long have you been writing? I published my first poem and short story when i was about 12? so roughly 20 years. What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) The very first story i wrote has not been read by anyone and I still have. It's a story I wrote when I was 10 about reuniting with a parent and was a story I wrote for myself to deal with missing my bio father when my parents divorced. Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. My favorite character is actually a character that is believed to be the main villian of one of my storie. They are very driven and passionate despite being someone who seems extremely cold at first meeting. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? I have 4 or 5 wips going on. They are all going well and I think each project has passed the 25k mark at this point except for my newest one at 15k words. Three of my projects are currently in the revising stage at this point. The newest one is in stream of conscious writing and world building stages still. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? Yes! It's one of my favorite exercises of the year 🙂 It took me a few years to successfully complete it but when I finally did it was worth it and now I know what works for me. Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? Penquin's post at 4thewords What made you decide to join? I loved the idea of a fantasy specific writing forum. What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? (Examples: Find a beta reader, get feedback, motivation, a sense of community, fine-tuning the craft, etc) A sense of community and a place to continue to learn and grow.
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