The Universe Series Wiki + Art Contributions

I know, I know. I was supposed to release The Demon Realm like 2 and a half months ago. Still nothing! Not even an update!

But I’m not just not doing nothing. I’ve been writing on The Angel Realm and slowly worked through the editing process of The Demon Realm. But my lore document started to get fairly difficult to navigate, so I decided to create a wiki page for the series to make it easier to navigate.

I’ve put up the Timeline of the Universe in more detail on the wiki and plan on adding information about the species before the end of next week.

The plan is that the Wiki page will eventually replace the Works page, but getting that in order will take some time.


Right now there aren’t a lot of… anything… on the wiki, but I’d love to see some art based on whatever you think looks interesting. As the Universe is based on our own universe it largely is the same – which means there would be lots of art from each era in time.

So I’d love to see people who would want to take the opportunity to contribute (to practice or try something new or just have fun with it) with some art. The media doesn’t matter, but the art would be for the in-universe pages, so it should be made with that in mind.

I don’t expect to own any rights to any art, but as all my stories are or will be available for free, I will also not offer any payment. I don’t expect anyone to do it just for exposure, but I want artists to give it a go because they want to.

In case I would like to use your art in some form in any of the illustrated, paid, versions of future books, I would contact you and ask you then if you want to, and I’d offer you an appropriate price for your art, but the rights to the piece remains yours, no matter what.

To contribute:

  • Create a piece based on what you read about the universe at the Universe series wiki.
  • Write a story about the piece. Where was it found? Who created it? From what era is it? Whether it was a piece inherited within some noble family or excavated from a previously undiscovered cave, or if it’s by a Picasso or by unknown doesn’t matter. Just create a story about the piece. And, well, make it believable.
  • Email to jennichrysong [at] gmail.com with your piece and the story around it. Remember to give me a link to your website, portfolio or other site to link to in the credits of your art!
  • If you have Twitter, mention @jennichrysong and I’ll retweet it

What? An updated?!

I know, I need to update you all more.

But I can say that The Demon Realm (very likely) will be out for free on December 30th! Yes. I’m barely making it, but I think I will be getting it out this year!

Can you believe it?

No? I suspected as much.

I wanted to get the illustrated version out too, but I couldn’t find the time to illustrate the book, because you know… Childcare takes up way too much time to be kind to working on books while you have a lot of other things going on.

Those who follow my blog, The Anny Blog, know I’ve tried to post every month, but I have just struggled with that. So the book hasn’t gotten enough time from me.

But as our little one is starting in pre-school, I can put more time into things, and so I will work on my writing. Or more specifically, on the illustrations for my writing.

I hope to release the illustrated edition before the end of the year, so I hope you look forward to that in 2019!

Camp Nano results

So, this is long overdue, but I finished one out of two short stories during Camp NaNoWrimo. I’m currently finishing the second one, before I finish posting The Gatekeeper and then go on to finish working on The Demon Realm for a release this December.

Yes, you read that right! The release will be this December. I will make sure it happens, no matter what. Look forward to it!

But for now, enjoy The Boy Who Could Not Cry which is set in the same universe as The Gatekeeper and The Three Realms.

Camp NaNoWriMo (April 2018)

I will be participating in this April’s Camp NaNoWriMo and I will write short stories that are set in The Universe series, together with The GatekeeperThe Three Realms and Beyond The Horizon. In preparation for this, I decided to make a page about the universe itself. You can find information about the series as a whole with information about the timeline and different species, as well as some (expanding) information about countries, territories and languages if you check it out.

Feel free to ask more about the Universe and The Universe Series, if you’re interested. You can also check out this page to know what I think of work based on my work.

Nanowrimo 2017 and The Universe updates

First I want to apologise for the lack of updates on The Gatekeeper. I didn’t expect it to be so hard to keep the updates coming during pregnancy, although I admit I expected it to be hard once the child was born. And those were the circumstances I didn’t mention before.

I have to look over the missing chapters for typos and word exchanges, and this will take some time to do as I’ve accumulated a lot of them for Patreon, and less for Wattpad. However, if you sign up as a patron on my Patreon today and until I catch up I will send you an unedited copy of The Gatekeeper as an apology for the lack of updates, as I counted on The Gatekeeper being fully published on Patreon before the year changed.

As for The Demon Realm, it will certainly not be released this year either. I don’t even have the sketched second draft ready. However, I do have an unillustrated second draft ready for potential readers. As this book is supposed to be released both free (without illustrations) and as a paid for version (with illustrations), if I gather a group of proofreaders for the second draft even without the illustrations, I might be able to release the book faster. Please do send me a mail if you’re interested in being in that group.

And from The Universe series to Nanowrimo 2017.

I’ve participated a few times before, but never finished a novel during this time. Now I’m on parental leave, so I thought “why not join Nanowrimo?” yesterday. And then I decided to give it a go. The problem is that I don’t have a story in mind.

I have several projects I need to finish, The Demon Realm being perhaps the most urgent. But currently my health won’t allow for illustrating it, and I don’t have much to do the moments between our little one being awake. But that time in between him being awake, I can write. And I want to go into Nanowrimo with something new. I did write part of The Universe series during Nanowrimo, but I don’t know how many words, because I also made edits on older parts and I simply forgot what the word count started as. And I gave up. So I already know working on an existing title during Nanowrimo doesn’t work out for me.

But with no story in mind, I ask you to give me suggestions. You can do so by sending me a mail or a tweet or in any other way contact me. I don’t mind writing outside my usual genre. While I see myself as an aspiring children’s author, I also don’t mind if I get suggestions that work with an older demographic. One has to get out of one’s comfort zone every once in a while. So that’s what I aspire with this Nanowrimo project. If I get anything to write about. I’ll take suggestions until October 31 at 5 pm GMT+1. I’ll use the evening to choose what I’ll write and start writing on Wednesday.

Remember that you also should mail me if you’re interested in proofreading the second draft of The Demon Realm, and let me know if it’s with or without illustration sketches.

Fan art and the like

Hello!

I was asked about whether it was alright to make fan art earlier today and of course it is! I posted a page for it and I’ll be gladly linking and/or posting your fan art, fiction, songs, poems or whatever other work you may want to make.

My only wish, which I believe is reasonable, is that it’s available for all. As I plan on releasing all my stories for both free and with paid options, I think it would just fair to at least make sure it’s available for all. It would especially sadden me if someone used fan work for commercial use, when my goal with releasing my writing is to share my stories and not to earn a profit.

If you want to make a profit, however, you can always ask what I would be okay with. I will likely judge these things case by case unless I start getting a lot of questions about same kind of thing. If so, I’ll update the fan work page.

You can read the first draft of The Gatekeeper on Patreon (up to chapter 6) or Wattpad (up to chapter 3), and always feel free to contact me. I might be slow at replying or accidentally post a chapter late because I’m expecting to have a child in about 2 months, and if you’re unlucky it comes around a chapter day or I am busy and forgot on the specific day. Please bear with me, I still try to post them when scheduled.

Thanks for taking your time to read my stories.

Changes

Due circumstances, it’s possible the release of The Demon Realm will be delayed to late 2018. Life took an unexpected turn for me. However, The Gatekeeper will keep running as planned!

October 30, edit: The Gatekeeper hasn’t been running as planned due to pregnancy and giving birth. Once I get around to it, I will do a batch upload of chapters.

Release announcement

I had plans of doing this much earlier, and at the same time, not this early, but today I come with an announcement to make.

The Gatekeeper (draft 1) will start being released monthly on Wattpad! The first three chapters will be available for free on Patreon in advance, and otherwise the story will be released on a bi-weekly basis for Patrons and Patrons’ feedback will be considered for later drafts. You can read more about that here. If you’re interested in some of the illustrations, I will post a few characters sketches of the main characters for free on Patreon in the future as well!

The Gatekeeper is a prequel to The Three Realms, and is part of The Universe series, which I will introduce in full in the future. The Gatekeeper is set mainly in the fairy society that exists in the Three Realms and you will get some insight of how The Universe series is set up.

While being a prequel to the The Three Realms, I’ve written The Gatekeeper as a story that can be read by itself.

The reason I say I planned to make this announcement earlier is because I had hoped to finish it while I was on a writing roll. But life interfered and I still haven’t fully finished the story, but I feel like I need to start getting this announcement made and the chapters out. It’s the first draft of the book, so changes will be made for the final book, which will be released as a single volume in the future, possibly together with The Demon Realm (the first book in the trilogy The Three Realms), which I plan on releasing at the end of this year.

The first chapter is available on Patreon from today on! Become a 1+ USD Patron to get chapters 4 and up early. Chapters will be available on the Friday on even weeks, and with every even-numbered chapter, a chapter will also be available on Wattpad.

I wish you all a happy new year!

To some, a new year has just about started, for others it’s still several hours away. For me, it’s still about 7 hours left, which with each ticking second is closing the distance to the new year.

The year that has passed have been filled with misery, as we’ve lost many dear role models and people we have looked up, and in some parts of the world, people we did not want to obtain power, has gained it, while other have lost it. We live in an insecure age and some don’t know what will happen in the close future, while others are safely heading towards it.

We, whoever we happen to be, do have the ability to do the best of any given situation, and many of us have survived this year of misery. Many others were born, many have shown kindness and many have done this world a better place.

Let us believe in the hope the newly born and the kindness of people give us, and strive toward a happy 2017. A year in which we feel like we have made the world a better place. A place were fewer people have to fear, for any reason – be it war, politics, or health. We cannot perform miracles, but we can still do even the smallest of actions to make us worthy of sharing the life with many other living beings on our planet.

img_20161231_163426To welcome this new year, a year – I hope – of happiness, I have two things. One is my well wishes to you all, and this image to the left, featuring Princess of Spirits, Kuyu Espiritu, from The Three Realms. I got a set of markers from my sister and I felt I wanted to try them out, and used them to try them out. I’m afraid the image is photographed this time, as my scanner has since long stopped functioning.

The other is a domain name, so you more easily can find me and the news of my writing. I’m certain it will also be easier for you to share my corner of the Internet with this domain name.

I would also like to make a bold statement. The Demon Realm will be released during 2017. No exact date has been set, but you will certainly learn more with time.

As I have writing this, while the seconds have ticked to minutes and the minutes will tock to hours, I hear the sounds of fireworks. They are sporadic and I see nothing from the windows behind me. On this eve I think of my father, with whom I used to spend this day of the year, and I remember the starry sky above of the countryside. And again,

I wish you a happy, peaceful and hopeful year of 2017.

Nanowrimo 2016 is over, & now it’s your turn

With December starting, Nanowrimo 2016 has ended. I didn’t make it. I didn’t managed to write 50 000 words. But I did get a lot closer to the end of the story than what I used to be. It’s a pretty amazing feeling. I should be able to finish the draft this month, I’m sure.

And as finishing it is around the corner, I’m opening up for people to read the drafts I have. One is The Angel Realm, which I worked on during Nanowrimo, the other is the prequel The Demon Realm. Below are a short Q&A. Continue reading