Star Wars Writing Update: Back In A Flash

At last Star Wars Monday returns with another character profile update! Today’s focus will be the abilities of captain Flash, the leader of ARC trooper team Saber Squad. As the first non-Force sensitive character for whom I’ve focused on this part of the profile, writing that part certainly proved to be much more of a challenge than with the Jedi who went before him. Without Force powers or other superhuman abilities, I had to really delve into his ‘regular’ mental and physical skills. An interesting change of pace and focus, but definitely in a good way. I feel like, despite already knowing what I’ve written today, I’ve gotten to know Flash a bit better and I really look forward to getting to his fellow ARC troopers even more now!

If you want to learn more about the good captain, you find his profile RIGHT HERE! Do leave a like and/or comment if you enjoyed what you read! And since it’s been a while, you can click RIGHT HERE to find the Ashukahwa Archives’ Star Wars Library and access all of the Star Wars stories I’ve posted on this site, as well as the background information on the stories’ characters, events and more!

And that’s it for today. A fairly short update, but be assured there’s a lot more coming your way very soon! Please stay tuned and as always…

May the Force be with you!

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Daily Writing Part 171. Story of Poems Part 105

Random words of the day: Salmon. Reindeer

After more than two months, the Ashukahwa Archives’ longest running project (with the exception, perhaps, of Daily Writing itself) returns! With the barrage of strange characters, twists and turns that kept popping up, the last chapter has undoubtedly been been a roller coaster wrapped inside a hurricane and I actually had to go through it again to recall just what had happened. Now that I’m caught up, we can, at last, turn from last year’s cliffhanger to the continuation of our grand tale! Yes, I’m aware this continuation actually contains a bit of a cliffhanger of its own, but I felt this was a good way to drop us back where we left off and set the tone for what’s to come.

But enough talk! Without further ado, let’s enjoy the story! Welcome back, everyone, to The Artist’s Tale! ^_^


The Artist’s Tale. Chapter 5

Each salmon, reindeer, bird and bear
Each creature held their breath
For they knew what was coming next
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For the first chapter of The Artist’s Tale click here.

For the second chapter of The Artist’s Tale click here.

For the third chapter of The Artist’s Tale click here.

For the fourth chapter of The Artist’s Tale click here.

For the fifth chapter of The Artist’s Tale click here.

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A Fresh Start

A belated happy new year, everyone! It’s been a while, once again. I probably should have realised trying to restart right in the middle of the holidays wasn’t the most … I’ve had a wonderful time with my family and friends, good food, an unexpectedly enjoyable series to watch and an overall great atmosphere, but writing and blogging have been remarkably absent. Now, though, with vacation time coming to a close and regular daily life making its reappearance, I feel I’m ready to get things rolling once more!

Like I usually do, I’ll get things started slowly. As I’m going back to work this week, I’ve managed to start exercising again and there’s plenty of other things I still need to jump onto (including getting my finally finished NaNoWriMo story ready for publication), blasting off with my usual posting schedule may . It’s going to come in bit by bit. This week you can expect the start of a new chapter of The Artist’s Tale, coming next Friday! The week after that, the expansion/updates of the Star Wars profiles will continue, with a short update post on any new content on Monday. Finally, the week after that will see the return of the complete posting schedule with a brand new installment of Project Realm!

I also hope to get some more poetry and/or short stories out there, possibly through the Daily Writing ‘system’ (using a word from the random word generator as a writing prompt), but the days for that have yet to be set. For now, the above is what you can be expecting for the near future here on the Ashukahwa Archives. I hope you’ll (continue to) enjoy the content here and look forward to see you all as a new year of writing takes off! ^_^

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FOUR!

What better moment to end that three week break from writing than today. For you see, today it is exactly four years ago that the very first post was posted on the Ashukahwa Archives! Four years ago I set out on my quest to share my writing with the world and it looks like I’m still going! There’s been the occasional hiccup, sure, but these past four years have been some of the most productive and insanely enjoyable writing years I’ve ever had! I mean, take a look at this:

I dusted off two of my Star Wars stories and finally put them online (partly fulfilling one of my initial reasons for starting this blog), began bringing an old fantasy world to life, bared a vast part of my writing life, discovered my love for a wonderful genre of poetry, and successfully wrote my way through no less than three NaNoWriMos! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! From daily life to the furthest flights of fantasy, I managed to express myself like never before; through prose and poetry, through drama and humour, through word and image! And of course, I got to know some awesome new people along the way; not always as well as I’d like, but well enough to be thankful for those encounters!

Four years already… Wow… That’s, nearly an era in its own right! And you know what the best part is? It’s not over! Not by a longshot! No, I intend to keep going to write, write and write again! That crazy Artist’s Tale, that Galaxy far, far away, that Realm of old and those seventeen syllables are just a handful of the places I’ll keep visiting over and over again! And all of those visits will of course be shared here, for all of you to enjoy!

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Happy fourth birthday, Ashukahwa Archives! Here’s to many more to follow! ^_^

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NaNoWriMo 2017. Log 30: Victory!

And there it is! Thirty days, over sixty-six-thousand words and countless emotions from all across the spectrum later, the magnificently absurd tale of a Scottish, a Colombian drug kingpin and their fight against the most bizarre of alien invasions has at last drawn to a close! Dear family, friends, followers, likers and everyone who has in some way stood with me in all this: Pwnage has been finished!

I HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!

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Wow… Okay, let me breathe for a bit, because more than ever before this month (with the possible exception of yesterday), I am absolutely ready to topple over and just not get up again…

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My third NaNoWriMo victory in a row is a reality! What a month it was! In more ways than one! Despite having a constant and eventually increasing lead on the average daily word count and reaching the magical, the wondrous and the stunningly beautiful 50,000 words a full three days before the end, this may just have been the most draining and demanding National Novel Writing Month I’ve gone through so-far. There have definitely been moments this month felt a whole lot longer than its thirty days. Before we get bogged down in negativity, however, let’s take a sharp turn straight for the positive!

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Because, exhausting though it was, exhilaration is probably the dominant feeling I’m experiencing as I look back on these past thirty day. This has also been my most productive NaNoWriMo by far! Not only have I managed to write nearly 17,000 words more than I needed to win, I’ve also finally been able to finish the story I’d been working on since last year; a story I am now even more determined than ever to turn into my first novel! With all the blood, sweat and tears that have been put into it, it most definitely deserves at least that much! I believe a certain general had something to say about that last year…

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That’s it! Yes, for that fact alone, I can already look back on this month with a whole lot of pride and happiness. Let’s also not forget that, however, that, just like during its previous two installments, NaNoWriMo has once again proven something beyond the shadow of a doubt: if I take my body, my mind, my will and my determination, combine them and focus them into my passion, I can achieve more than I could have possibly imagined! Not a single word of that is lied or exaggerated and I’m positive I’m far from the only one this magnificent month has left this way.

For me, NaNoWriMo 2017 has ended in probably the most awesome and amzazing way possible! It may have not always been easy (don’t let the daily word counts fool you!), but through passion, perseverance and a whole lot sugar and caffeine (sorry, didn’t manage an awesome alliteration this time! ^_^;) has once more led to a magnificent achievement of those goals laid out at the start of this month. And then some!

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To all fellow contestants in this incredible month of writing: whether you’ve written fifty-thousand, ten-thousand, or heck, even ten words, you set out to write, write and write again! And you DID! Consider yourself absolutely amazing and be very, VERY proud of yourself!

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And to all of you still working hard to get that novel of yours from your mind out onto the pages, keep it up! You’ve started this! You’ve come this far and I KNOW that you can finish it! YOU! CAN! DO! IT! For you and all you other wonderful crazy writing peoples, I am proud to once more bring you ancient (three years old) tradition the one and only patented (again, not really) Victory Boost Package(TM)! Seeking to get inspired? Wanting to bask in the glory of your well-earned victory? Look no further! ^_^

And there we have it. Another NaNoWriMo come and gone. Thank you, sincerely, for everyone who once more stood with me through this month! I may not always express it in the most noticeable manner, but know that your support really has kept and continues to keep me going! It means no less than the world to me! From the bottom of my heart: thank you!

Now, it is time to wrap things up for this year and give possibly the true MVP of the month – my poor, loyal, diligent brain – the rest it so badly deserves. As always, I shall wish you all good writing, good night and until the next National Novel Writing Month! V(^_^)V

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Final word count: 66,859!

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NaNoWriMo 2017. Log 29: The Longest Day

As I write this, the big, spectacular climax is still under construction. Seven hours of writing have passed this day and I’m still not where I had hoped to be. I suppose that’s something that should be expected in the wonderful world of writing, but being so close to the end, I can’t help but feeling nervous and uncertain if I’m going to finish this story before the clock strikes twelve tomorrow night.

Don’t get me wrong. I intend to work as hard as I can to make it a reality, but this last part is definitely a slog. Each part I wrote today took so much longer than I had anticipated and I was shocked when I looked at my outline earlier to see I was only about halfway through the final confrontation. You might imagine how my frustration and ensuing exhaustion are starting to get to me.

So if you don’t mind, I’m going to cut this log off here. I think I’ll go write for about an hour more and see how much I can churn out in that time. If it’s enough to finish the climax in its entirety: excellent. If not, well, then I suppose I’ll just have to work a little harder tomorrow. I’ll see you then, if I haven’t completely collapsed by that point. ^_^;

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NaNoWriMo 2017. Log 28: Keep On Crawlin’!

Who’d have thought the days after reaching the 50,000 words would be the most tense days of the month? Here you are working towards that number and after you get to it, you’re suddenly blasted into overdrive! That’s a nice dose of irony if I’ve ever seen it. I guess I kind of knew what I signed up for when I decided to not just go for reaching the 50,000 word count, but actually finish a story that turned out much much longer and more grand than I had anticipated! Still, let’s put everything in perspective, shall we?

My earlier writing day was three and sometimes up to four hours. Today, I’ve spent a good six hours on writing! That’s an entire quarter of an actual twenty-four-hour day and nearly twice as long as those earlier writing days! I can’t say it’s not an exhilarating experience, pushing out those final scenes on the edge of the month, but even more-so than the days before, it’s absolutely draining!

It’s also very satisfying, though, to see the story is now really coming together. All material that had been created before the start of the month has now been implemented into the story proper as well, so no more loose ends to distract me! That means I can completely focus on writing that big climax and, finally, its aftermath! That’s right, the big climax has actually started now and all of tomorrow will be dedicated to bringing it to a spectacular conclusion!

For now, though, I’m going to conclude this log here before I fall down on the ground and wake up with a big bump on my head. I bid you all further good writing, good night and until tomorrow!

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Itsa Me!

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Who? Just your average descendant of two sea-faring peoples, recently graduated anthropology Master and aspiring author with a life-long passion for writing.

What? Uhm, human. I think... Also a bit crazy, but in a good way. I think...

Where? A land under the sea, far, far away. Occasionally with my head in the clouds.

Why? Trying to get both my work and my love for writing out there, sharing them with others and getting in touch with fellow writers, artists and other like-minded people.

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