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Published Works / Kay Brooke/Ahryantah
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:19:01 PM »
Author Page:
The Writing of K. L. Brooke

Self Published Works:
Unusual Florida: A web serial about one very strange summer spent at Holden Point Resort, where the year is 1997 and nothing is as it seems. Updates every Monday and Thursday. (link goes to the chapter index)

The Smyths Guild / Kay's Writing Goals
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:27:39 PM »
So it seems people are making separate accountability threads for themselves? If that's not what we're supposed to be doing, let me know.

I'm going to be honest, my writing output this year so far has sucked. I've been making a weekly accountability post in my Dreamwidth (for stuff other than writing, too) and it hasn't really helped. But I did do some writing today, so right now I feel a bit better about things.

Goals for this week:
  • Write at least 2000 new words on PB (this is the second book of a trilogy)
  • Finish my outline for UF (web serial going live in March, not fantasy)
  • Write two more episodes of UF
  • Get back to editing PC (first book of the trilogy)

I also have half an idea for a short story, but I don't really even know where to start with it, much less where to go with it. I'll let it ruminate for a little longer.

Bookworm's Corner / Favorite Fantasy Books of 2017
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:16:59 PM »
What the title says. What was your favorite fantasy book(s) that you read this past year? It doesn't have to be a book published in 2017 (I'm so far behind on my reading list that I don't think I read a single book published this year), just one that you read in 2017.

For me, I think it was the Divine Cities trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett. The three books are City of Stairs, City of Blades, and City of Miracles (actually, that last one was published this year, so I guess I did read at least one book that came out in 2017!). Bennett is an author I just discovered this year. I read American Elsewhere, a standalone novel by him (it's more science fiction/horror than fantasy, or else it would be my pick for favorite), and liked it so much that I immediately sought out the rest of his work.

So what did you all enjoy reading this past year?

Writing Challenge Submission Archive / September 2017 Writing Challenge
« on: September 25, 2017, 04:13:48 PM »
Author: Ahryantah
Title: War Planning
Word count: ~1100
Summary: What use are principles in war?
Challenge #: September 2017
Prompt(s): Picture prompt
Notes: You all wanted more from my trilogy, right?  :D
Google Docs link: War Planning

Writing Challenge Submission Archive / August 2017 Writing Challenge
« on: August 31, 2017, 07:54:44 PM »
Author: Ahryantah
Title: Gossip
Word count: 495
Summary: The city is rife with a crop of new, ridiculous rumors about Martyn. But Martyn kind of likes it.
Challenge #: 18
Prompt(s): 500 Word Flash
Google docs link: Gossip

Worldsmyths Archive / The Desert in Winter
« on: July 01, 2016, 05:05:48 PM »
I went back and forth over what I wanted to post first and eventually decided on this. The Desert in Winter is a working title in lieu of anything better at the moment. I actually don't have a whole lot of this written (it started out as a NaNo a couple years ago but I ended up switching projects pretty early on), but there is an outline--four books' worth of an outline, so we'll see if that actually ever happens--and I do want to get back to working on it regularly.

Anyway, it takes place in the same world as my Myrrosta fantasy trilogy, only a couple hundred years in the future, so there are no characters in common (if anyone is interested in reading stuff about that world and the trilogy, um, knock yourself out). It is about Caroline, only child of the recently-deceased king of Arkijt. Her cousin, with the support of the Arkijti nobility, has taken the throne that rightfully belongs to her. So Caroline sets out to find allies to help her defeat her cousin.

It's still in the early stages, but any comments and constructive critiques are welcome.

Introductions / Hiya
« on: May 31, 2016, 05:39:30 PM »

Name/Pen name: Ahryantah, or Kay since that's easier to spell.
Age: 30
State/country: Indiana, USA
Education: I have a BS in Biology and an MS in Microbiology.

Hobbies and Favorites

What are your hobbies? Reading, writing, hiking, bike riding, martial arts
What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? Favorite authors are Stephen King, Ursula K. LeGuin, Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan, uh, more that I'm not thinking of right now.
What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? I'm not a big movie person. For TV, I like the Stargates, The X-Files, Doctor Who, Fringe, Lost, Psych, Agents of SHIELD, Game of Thrones, Grimm, Veep, Supergirl, Brooklyn 99.


How long have you been writing? A long time.
What was the first story you wrote that you remember? A story about a family of ants, inspired by the sand city my best friend at the time and I built in her sand box. I think I was about seven.
-Is it finished? At least one little book is, because my mom still has it. I had a whole series planned and I'm sure I wrote some of it, but all that remains is that first story.
-Have you ever let anyone read it? I'm sure my mom read it.
-What genre (romance, fantasy, etc) was it? Well, it had talking ants, so let's go with fantasy.
Who is your favorite character that you've written about? Merrus, the main character of the fantasy trilogy I've been working on for three million years.
What is your favorite fantasy world you've created? Feel free to tell us about it. Catah, the world of my fantasy trilogy.
What fantasy project(s) are you currently working on? How's it going in terms of progress? So I started this fantasy trilogy years ago, wrote the first book and part of the second, then kind of abandoned it/took a long break to work on other things, and I've just recently gotten back to it. I just finished an edit of the first book and I'm working on completing the first draft of the second.
Do you plan on taking advantage of the beta reading and/or excerpt posting sections? Sure.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? Yes
-How many times? Uh, ten-ish times? Not sure if I should count the years I did it unofficially. Officially it's been ten times, yeah.
What genres were your NaNos? Fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, metafiction.
Did you finish the actual story by 50,000 words, or just reach 50,000 words but not be actually finished? I've won every year except 2004, which was my first year. I have yet to finish a story within 50,000 words.
Are you planning on participating this coming November? Maybe? I have a new novel idea, but we'll see how I feel about it when November rolls around. I'm sort of at the point where I'm more interested in finishing/editing some of the more promising WIPs.

Other Stuff
How did you find out about Worldsmyths? From Ally.
-What made you decide to join? I don't know. It's just been awhile since I was part of a writing forum.
-Have you told anyone else about it? Not yet.

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