I've uploaded the first two chapters of Relm of Kuhraiy. I'm considering these drafts for now. (Update: Removed the second chapter for now. I need to focus on Chapter 1.)Relm of Kuhraiy, Chapter 1
The thing is, I'm VERY happy with how both of them turned out. Of course, that's after several revisions, and after I completely rewrote significant portions of the story. However, I want to make sure that others feel the same way about them as I do. I don't want to make severe mistakes right out the door. So, that's why I posted them up for now for people to read. Going to share them at a few different sources to try and get some opinions as well.
Another important thing you might want to read is the Setting document.World of Kuhraiy - Setting
This details the eras and most notably, the new names for months and days (though so far I haven't been using days of the week at all). The months are exactly the same as real world months, just with different names. Though all months have 30 days exactly just to make things easier.
Sorry guys. I'm a writer at heart and I always write way, way too damn much. I've broken this up into sections.
Section 1 - A status update of what I had planned before and my personal complications.
Section 2 - My recent thoughts, feelings, and disappointments in my lack of progress in my original works.
Section 3 - My plans for the story itself and how it will be structured.
Section 4 - About how I plan to keep up to date, and for creating Patreon at a later time.
If you've read my fanfiction The Legend of Zelda: The Demon Within back in 2013 (damn, its SERIOUSLY been THREE years since I've done any writing?) you probably were aware that I had been teasing something called "Relm of Kuhraiy." After all, I wrote the final Epilogue of that fanfiction JUST to promote my original series (it does help that Relm originated in Scepter of Darkness and throughout both fanfictions was the single most important original character).
Since long before I even finished The Demon Within I've been making huge plans for my original works. It even resulted in me (annoyingly) force-feeding my original characters into that fanfiction to promote some of the story elements and ideas I had planned.
Last year I was working significantly throughout the year trying to outline every detail of my world's backstory. Two years before that in 2013, I had been trying to make plans for a video game series, and in 2014, I was trying to start with a simpler video game idea--namely for a puzzle game. 2015 is when I realized I just could not take time away from work and making real money (despite me being bored as hell doing the same thing on a day-to-day basis) to try and make video games which I had no experience in doing (just a huge desire to do so), and no idea if I'd be able to make up for the time and effort it would take to work on that.
What did not help matters is the fact that my biggest money-making job was falling apart and I needed to go back to looking for work again, which took up a significant amount of time. That and for some reason Windows crashed on my PC, forcing me to switch entirely to Ubuntu, where my writing program Quoll Writer did not work. Before I switched I made sure to export all of my files, but it left everything disorganized and I had no idea which files had been fully updated in my existing documents and which hadn't, and I didn't have time to sort through it all.
Now, for what came to me recently.
After recently reading some web fiction a bit more, I found a web writer somewhat successfully produce a web novel using Patreon. (I also happened to think the work in question was amazingly well written.) It just reminded me so much of how I wanted people to be able to follow the storylines I had built out and not specifically a game. I was the one forcing myself to make them into games.
I realized that one of the things bugging me for years is how I've just been pushing this back further and further. If I keep doing it, I'm never going to get it done and my dreams will remain unfulfilled. I don't want that to happen. I felt like I was at a breaking point, and I had to do something about it.
I've been wanting to do this for a LONG time, and now I feel like I'm finally ready. Over the past couple of weeks I cleaned out all of my Quoll Writer profiles and place them in their proper documents. I now have a complete "Bible" for the full backstory of the Kuhraiy series. I have no intention of releasing this information publicly at this point in time, but its for my purposes.
I also rethought my plans for the first story in the series. I've been musing over titles for each Episode for years. (Note: I'm calling each story an "Episode"; I'm taking a Suikoden approach by building up one location and its history and building a story set in that world location.) After rethinking everything, I decided that I felt "Relm of Kuhraiy" was in fact the most appropriate title. I'm also going to build the Kuhraiy website out to host the web novel, planning to call the website "Realm of the Kuhraiy."
This past week I finished rewriting my plans for Relm of Kuhraiy. I have the entire story outline. I'm no longer going to have multiple viewpoints in this specific Episode. Its going to be Relm and only Relm. If an event occurs that Relm is not present to witness, it will not be shown off, only talked about. I feel like this is the best way to handle things for a new start. To fill in the gaps, Relm's backstory will be explored, along with the backstories of a select few other designated "main" characters (but as Relm is the viewpoint character, these won't be explored unless they're telling it directly to her, or at least she's present to hear them).
Future episodes WILL have multiple viewpoint characters, though. And despite only having one viewpoint character this time, I'm not writing it in first person. I don't feel like I could do first-person justice.
Another factor I'm including is how, instead of spreading out Relm's backstory throughout the series, this one story is going to explain it fully, only leaving off a couple of small details that are part of the longer-running lore. I feel like my previous plans were faulty, plus there's some themes I really want to be explored sooner rather than later, and I realized some plot and lore elements I planned out simply made no sense the way I had it in mind.
One example: When I redesigned Relm for my original works and made a point commission with HalcyonEnigma to form Relm's final design, I began to plan out how she would eventually get that design, and it kept getting pushed further and further back in the timeline... Its supposed to be her MAIN outfit. Needless to say this was one of the first changes I made (though she still doesn't start out with it).
All things considered, at same time, I'm bringing this up and how I want to get started on my original works (and have done so)... I'll fall into the same trouble I keep falling into if I feel some things aren't well concepted, people aren't interested in my writing, or I fear that maybe I made another false start. If my starting point is bad, things could just get worse from here on out.
So I'm posting the first two chapters up TODAY on deviantArt. I'm going to share them around as much as I can to get some feedback. Also, I'm NOT planning on writing the whole thing and uploading it at once or publishing it into a novel or something like that. I wrote out the entire outline of the first episode, I have things planned out in advance for future episodes, and I have a lot of scenes jotted down in my head. Once I officially get started, I want to post one chapter every weekend, maybe two a week if I find I can keep up with one a week. If I can't I might reduce my load to one every other week, but I want to have a steady one-per-week.
In the past you may also remember that I did a ton of point commissions to get designs down for my characters. Back then I had less access to funding and had tighter budgets. Today... well, I'm in a slightly better situation I guess, though not as good as last year. (Last year was my best year ever financially until towards the end of it.) I plan to do commissions again. In addition to updating the web novel weekly, I want to gradually create character profiles. I'll only put up a profile if I have a paypal commission artwork for the character in question, and only in a specific order (Relm will always come first).
Naturally, this is subject to my budget. But once I make some decent progress I want to create a Patreon. Though, I don't think it'd hurt to create the Patreon early and gradually update it, I feel like I should get a decent reader base first before I create a Patreon. I can discuss over the details on that later. Some ideas I have for Patreon include a monthly pinup commission, side story in-universe one-shots, and maybe even themed written requests.
One beauty about the world I've created is I can explore any number of themes and still make it canon, write out any number of side stories focusing on less important characters, and even do alternate story ideas that shift the fantasy environment into modern or even sci-fi (by going far enough into the future). Ideally, if I ever do split focus and write multiple stories at once, I'd keep them in-universe to just keep expanding things further.
But these are just big future ideas. I need to actually get started first, of course.