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Stealing the Life-Force


Stealing the Life-Force

I'm participating in July Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 with a fairly new project set on a world I've recently been working on. Camp Nano offers a place for participants to post a snippet of their project, and this is the snippet I chose. It's from the Prelude of the story, and stars the antagonist. --------------- This, he realized, was an opportunity, and he grinned. It took but a moment for him to rise and prepare the spell. The creatures and their wolf-mounts whipped around to face him. The three mounted nocked arrows while the two on the ground drew knives Niardy hadn't noticed belted at their waists among their wood-and-bone-adorned vine-belts

Article: Cutting Before it's Done


Article: Cutting Before it's Done

This is the final article I was able to submit to Vision: A Resource for Writers because it was the last issue of the ezine, #80. --------------------- I have something important to say: It's okay to cut an incomplete project and rewrite. Yes, I know the going wisdom is to complete the story first, then rewrite. I was told early on, via writers' magazines, that if I felt that I hadn't written the best story up to a certain point, that I should continue on writing from that point as though I had always made the changes I wanted to make in the draft up to the point where I felt dissatisfied. And I tried that. More than once. If I didn't g


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My Bio
Primarily, I am a writer. My main genre is fantasy, though I also write in SF and Science Fantasy; nearly all my MCs are some variety of LGBTQ+. I started writing back in 1989, desperate for some escape from the difficulties of my life, and I was in 9th grade (about age 14) at the time.

I also dabble in art and music. Occasionally, I'll engage in such crafts as crocheting, knitting, and sewing. I'm far better at writing than I am at any of these other activities, though I will admit to some minimal skill with the drawing and enough practice with the crocheting that I'm able to make my own patterns, usually involving me creating pictures with my yarn, if I wish. My ability to sew is restricted primarily to simple projects, mostly out of lack of interest in working on more complicated things.

Right now, I'm currently using Duolingo to learn Spanish, in a rather desultory manner. English is my native language, and I can get a bit pedantic with it, but am not afraid to look things up if I or someone else thinks I'm wrong about something. I think I know how to use semocolons, enjoy writing long and complicated sentences whenever I have an opportunity, and firmly believe commas should come before conjunctions when in a series.

Yes, that is an actual picture of me. From 3rd or 4th grade, I think, clearly Before Glasses, which I got to start wearing in 6th grade. I almost remember wearing that sweater. This school photo has long been my favorite.

Back in 2007 (IIRC), I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It is this condition which is the primary, invoulntary control mechanism for my creative urges. Whether or not I even want to do anything creative, as well as what creative endeavor I wish to focus on is determined by this condition. If you'd like basic info on bipolar disorder and its treatment, please look up that information yourself. If you'd like to have me describe my personal experience with this condition, feel free to ask questions, but be forewarned that if I feel you're asking for general information, I'll tell you to look it up.

I identify as a polyamorous panromantic asexual transperson. As with my bipolar disorder, if you have any general info questions regarding my LGBTQ+ status, please look up the answers yourself. If you'd like me to share my personal experience with being LGBTQ+, go ahead and ask, but if I feel you've asked a general-info question, I will likely tell you to research it yourself. And, in case you were wondering: No, I will not tell you which restroom I use, or what my sex is.

I have serialized my completed novel, Discordant Harmonies 1: A Pitch of the Scale on my website and it and two sequels on Wattpad. Currently, I am serializing the third book of the series on Wattpad. Look for Ashe Elton Parker there.

Should you have any care about what I'm reading, and what I think about what I've read, I can be found on Goodreads as A. L. Shelton, or follow the link here:…

I take pictures of my cat, Hendrix (and other things) and post them to my Instagram. If you like, you can follow me there too. The address is:

There is always a story. ~ AEP

Favourite Visual Artist
Jody A. Lee, Boris Vallejo
Favourite Movies
Mel Brooks movies, Star Wars, Nausicaä, Labyrinth and other fantasies
Favourite TV Shows
Soap, Are You Being Served?, Red Dwarf, Perry Mason, Original Hawaii Five-O, Star Trek
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Queen, Elton John, Enigma, S.J. Tucker, Michael Jackson, Damh the Bard (don't ask me how to pronounce it), Enya, Heather Dale, Vince Guaraldi, Elvis Presley, Beatles, Boz Scaggs, ZZ Top, Cyndi Lauper, Bee Gees, Abba
Favourite Books
The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey, The Complete Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Favourite Writers
None in particular
Favourite Games
Dungeons & Dragons, Vampire: The Masquerade, Magic: The Gathering
Tools of the Trade
For writing: Computer (writing), paper, whatever writing utensil is at hand; for crocheting: Hook and Yarn and Pattern; For drawing: Paper, pencil, eraser
Other Interests
Reading, History, Fashion (esp. period--various eras), Tea, Square Dancing, Crocheting, Cats (and in particular, my cat, Hendrix)
Just a comment here: It would be nice if people who did fanart always labeled what fandom it belongs to and who the character(s) is/are. I'm much more likely to favorite art with references, because even if I don't watch the shows or haven't read the...
Working on another washcloth, but had to stop to do something else, and when I got back to my desk, Einstein joined me. Had to quickly pack up yarn to make room for him. Now we're engaged in a battle of wills over whether or not I'll hold him. I'll p...
It's odd not having ads an more. I'm so used to having them that it's a surprise not to have them, and I keep looking for them.

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OctoskyHobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday~!
AsheEltonParker General Artist
Thank you!
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thank you for the fav! <3
AsheEltonParker General Artist
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LudaritzHobbyist Artisan Crafter
AAAAAH thank you so much for the watch!!! :iconepiclaplz:
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