My buddy Tadao–who likes to read what I call “boring books” and from them does “boring writing” (he studies Buddhism, and sure, what he’s told me does sound interesting, but it’s academic so, you know, non-fiction, myeehh, “boring writing”)–planted an idea in my head the other day that I should make a diagram of The Cycle of the Six Moons.
(All the information below is presented in-story in An Eclipsing Autumn, but you don’t need to have read the second book to understand the information, and there aren’t any spoilers. It’s supplemental material.)
But if you’re more into boring diagrams, here’s a cut-and-dry table.
The Dark Mist
The Night Devourer
The Conquer of Hatred
Halting the Passage of Souls
The Black Hole
World of Origin
once a year
every two years
every ten years
every two hundred years
only when the sixth moon is inevitable
harmless darkness that can’t seep indoors
crops wither, fish become scarce, livestock fall ill
anyone who falls asleep loses their motivation to live
those in regions with a sun and moonrise on opposite horizons go berserk and kill everyone in their path
Today is another stop for The Cycle of the Six Moons “Name Before the Masses” tour by Goddess Fish Promotions! I’ve written a guest post over at Sharing Links and Wisdom. If you can’t tell by the appropriately named title, it’s about why video game music is the best music to listen to while writing.
Here’s an excerpt:
I’m a gamer. I have been since elementary school. One important element of video games that I found helped immerse me into a fantasy world was its music. It’s designed to set the tone, help you concentrate on the task at hand, exemplifies the written dialogue of the characters you encounter, or even makes your heart race during boss battles.
Since I was about ten years old, I’ve used video game music to help set the scene. Unlike pop songs or ballads, there are no lyrics to distract you, listener and fellow writer, from the words that you want to write. Here are examples of the kind of music I listen to and the scenes they fit.
Setting up the hometown of your hero before adventure calls him forth? Try the Outside Island theme from Wind Waker!
Feel the joy and innocence of everyday life? Feel the peaceful breeze of the ocean?
Today begins the first stop of The Cycle of the Six Moons “Name Before the Masses” tour by Goddess Fish Promotions! I’ve written a guest post over at Long and Short Reviews YA. If you can’t tell by the appropriately named title, it’s about the importance of food in storytelling.
I even made a nifty pie chart about the usage of the five senses!