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Damon L. Wakes

Things are really moving along with Ten Little Astronauts, and the book is expected to release on December 13th: less than a month from now!

There’s more information about this over on Unbound, but since the people reading here are probably familiar with my work beyond this one book, I’d like to focus on something else entirely and ask if you could do me a massive, massive favour.

I don’t normally go chasing people for reviews, which is probably part of the reason my books don’t have many. However, with Ten Little Astronauts set to go off to the printers any day now, it’s likely that a fair number of new readers will come across my older work and I’d like for it to make a good impression when they do.

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Announcing Code Lyoko: Foes & Friends Remastered duology!

If you’ve been following my Code Lyoko fanfic stuff and talks on DeviantArt, you might have noticed me writing something for a new duology, other than the discontinued Swordswoman of Shadows: Foes & Friends Remastered. Now, I am pleased to announce that the prologue of the Remastered version of the first installment of my oldest duology (which dates to 2012) has now been translated into English and published on DeviantArt.

The first story of FFR is New War Remastered. Its prologue presents you Alex Starsky, the protagonist. He’s in big trouble, caught up in a war into which the Lyoko Warriors are about to get tangled into as Alex enrolls at Kadic to seek their aid. Hence, the name of the first story is New War Remastered, NWR for short. For the Lyoko Warriors, this will be a new war, for X.A.N.A. is gone, and they are about to face a new enemy just as vicious as X.A.N.A., only in human skin…

That’s it for now. I hope you’ll end up reading the story and that you like it.

And in case you haven’t read the oneshots I’ve written for FFR here but plan reading this duology, please do not read the oneshots before NWR is finished. The oneshots can be kinda spoilery.

Oh, and warning; It’s rated T because stuff gets real nasty later on… The original New War (which will never be translated from Finnish to English because even after fixing it’s bad – and it’s far inferior to Remastered anyway) is rated K+, and so was Remastered until I found myself writing some messed up stuff and had to raise the rating.

And bonus: while the Finnish versions of both FFR and Lyokostar censores vulgarities, I’m going to give you English audiences less censored versions… at least at those points when my imagination is enough to sustain the cursing of certain foul-mouthed douchebags who’ll appear in Lyokostar eventually… ‘>.>

Anyhow, that’s all. Still a lot of stuff to be done today, so I have to hurry. Have a great day!

 

PS. I know, the stuff about poetry book has been on hold for long. I finally got my books during June, but I haven’t found time to write about it, let alone publish and translate my poem. My writer name wasn’t included there, so I will hold onto it until I start self-publishing my FFM collections. In fact, my last name was misspelled in that book, true story! 8[

I do hope to actually write about it here at some point since at least so far there aren’t any online sources telling about it. I happened to find it on a local bookseller recently, but their online shop doesn’t have it, only a more local store does, and they don’t even tell pretty much anything about the book… It might be that anyone outside Finland will be unable to get it, but I’ll most likely publish a poetry collection of my own someday and include the poem in that book as well.

Perhaps in August I manage to get it done once FFM is over…

Announcing Greenfield and a poetry book I’m in!

If you’ve followed what I’ve been working on, you have noticed that the page for my Greenfield book series has been updating daily with the translation proceeding.

 

Now, I am glad to announce the completion of current translation and thus the series itself!

 

So, what is this book series I’ve worked on a lot and talked quite little about?

 

Greenfield is about a teenaged girl named Iris Mäkelä who ends up to another world, Greenfield, with her horse Miracle Truth soon after running away from home. In Greenfield, she has to learn to live in a world without technology and learn the ways of a magician with her tutor Matthew and fellow student Thomas so that she can find a way to return to her own world. But as the evil forces of the Night Lord return with their master getting stronger, can she even survive the upcoming months, let alone get back home someday?

 

The first book is heavily in progress and a lot of new has to be written and a lot of old (some of it originating from as far away in the past as 2012 and thus in dire need of reworking) has to be edited before it is ready for editing phase and later possibly beta readers too. I haven’t yet thought of much when they will come or if they will come for sure; it depends on whether or not I get a professional editor for it, at least. A lot of worldbuilding has to be done as well, so that will take up time while making the first book happen too.

 

So far, I’ve been thinking I might be able to finish the writing phase during 2019 or 2020, depending on how much time everything in life from university studies to bad old writer’s block takes away from writing. I have no solid word goal set at least yet, but I will work on this daily just as I have done so far and therefore will update word and page counts daily. I might dedicate some days for worldbuilding alone instead of writing, so that also discourages setting a daily goal for writing. After I proceed to the next four books and maybe later the 4 side story books I’m planning, I might set a daily word goal when I have everything on the world readily available.

 

At the moment, that’s all I have on Greenfield. I will most likely do some artwork on the characters in the future (so far there might be a sketch or two about it on DeviantArt), maybe release some Work In Progress (WIP) bits of the story or maybe end up writing Greenfield oneshots during Flash Fiction Month, but at the moment this is all.

 

On other news, last Monday I received a letter from the organizer of a Finnish poetry competition I took part in last November. It was for young people aged between 13 and 18 and who live in Finland. The theme, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the independent Finland, was “love is blue and white” (the colors of the Finnish flag). The best of the poems were to be published in a poetry book named 100 runoa tunteella ja rakkaudella (in English: 100 poems with emotion and love). And just as baffling as it is, my poem, Rakkauden kuoro (The choir of love) was chosen for that book!

 

The book will be released on the 23rd and it will be the first publication I’m in. I’m not entirely sure which name I used with the poem; it has either been the author name I’m planning to use when I release my very own books or my full name with my nickname. I don’t remember anymore since it’s been already half a year since I mailed my poem. I will tell you more when I get the book myself and see it in print; I already ordered a few of those books for myself, some people who are close to me and for my mother language teacher whom I need to thank for informing everyone in my school about the competition. If it wasn’t for her, this wouldn’t have happened to me.

 

I must admit that while this is exciting, I’m also quite nervous as this will be the first time I will publicly connect WindySilver to my real name and to my very own face which I show around those I see often, especially my family. I never expected to win the competition nor get into the book, yet the latter happened. But I believe in the art I do, in the mask I will use for just a while one more time, in what I’m doing with my life. When the time comes to publicly announce that I am WindySilver, no matter the time or audience, I will do it with my head up and pride in what I do. I will not back down just because I’m scared. The fear won’t conquer me.

 

I don’t have a picture of the book yet and the only one who sells the book at least now is the competition’s organizer, Suomalaisen tangon Satumaa ry, so I don’t know how anyone outside Finland can get it. Maybe more information and ordering chances will come after the publication. We’ll see next week.

 

Oh, and I haven’t yet uploaded my poem anywhere. I decided not to upload it before I’d get the results, then stuff happened and I heard nothing about the competition and forgot about it. I’m planning to upload the poem on DeviantArt once I know where to direct people who want to get the book.

 

This is what has been going on this week in addition to other things in my life. I will get my results for March’s matriculation examination tests on Friday but I doubt I will make an announcement about how I did at least here. Maybe on DeviantArt, but possibly not here.

 

Thank you for reading. Have a great day!

 

~WindySilver

Finished renovation!

After months of working and not working on this site with school going on, I am very glad to announce that the renovation of this site has been finished! I believe I have covered everything I need to for now. As I am learning to use Unity now, I have no games to talk about. I have no actual text-based interactive games done yet either even though I do use Twine to make interactive fanfiction, so until I’ve made one, I will not make a section for games yet. Therefore, I call this place fully functional, although this site will at least for now serve more informative purposes than communicative.

I am not fully satisfied with the appearance of this site, but as I don’t know what I’d want instead, I will leave this as it is until I come up with something.

Now that this is ready, feel free to read through what I have here and please do point out any grammar mistakes or typos which have escaped my proofreading!

Have a great day!

~WindySilver

Renovation!

After I checked out my fellow writer’s WordPress page, I got the idea of logging in here and see what’s up here. What I saw was a huge need of remaking stuff. Therefore, I shall renovate this site when I have the time and feeling. I already updated the most crucial sections and the others I will update later.

That’s all, have a nide day everyone!

Progress diary: Rikios the Chirein, 9

Saturday, 11.6.2016

Let’s just say I am infuriated to hell because of my mom’s phone. When a simple turning the app off requires installing the factory version…. Argh! Anyhow, with hopes of relaxing with the fifth day of drawing scales, I started to work.

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Then I noticed that the scales have been shrinking again………

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With more infuration that I like to have, I erased and redrew some. This shall continue on another day, for kriff’s sake! I’m done for today! And I still need to start painting that one character…

Progress diary: Rikios the Chirein, 8

Friday, 10.6.2016

Scales once again. Fourth day in a row. And for a change, a headache from the morning. I hate it.

Oh well, I either exhausted my frustration on SWTOR since I kept losing connection. Then it completely lagged and I had to restart my laptop, which of course thought that it would be appropriate to waste my time on updates which could easily be installed at any other time. Anyhow, today drawing scales felt relaxing. And I can see real progress today.

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This is how far I got. I noticed that I was nearing the edge of the leg, and I decided to finish there. When compared to when I last did the scales before starting this drawing streak, I have progressed. When you just do it daily, you get there eventually, that I sure have seen with my writing streaks. 🙂

Progress diary: Rikios the Chirein, 7

Thursday, 9.6.2016

Third day of the streak! To be honest, it was today when I noticed the shrinking the scales. Yet before noticing that I continued them a little bit.

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This far.

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Well, when you must erase, you must erase. And I erased a lot.

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And it ain’t like I did much after that. It was a pain to start making scales of the right size, and it became a fairly big source of frustration to me, in cotrast to the previous feeling of being relaxed when making  these. You can imagine that I did not want to continue this much.

Progress diary: Rikios the Chirein, 6

Wednesday, 8.6.2016

The second day of my drawing streak. Some progress, but I also drew a character for my Star Wars fanfiction, Exceptional Jedi, since a friend of mine has a new story and the first three commenters would get their character to her story. Only when I had finished with the outlines I raelized that I could have made a progress diary of that character too. Well, too bad. I guess I’ll just try making a speedpaint of her or something.

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But now that I look at this, I can see that the scales have shrunk for no reason. It doesn’t look good. I guess I have to erase a lot of stuff now…

Progress diary: Rikios the Chirein, 5

Tuesday, 7.6.2016

It’s been a while since I last drew Rikios. The test week ate up all my time and strength, but now that my summer holiday has begun, I am now going to start a drawing streak of Rikios so that I can finish her during this two-month holiday. This marks day 1.

Not much, though. I did not draw for very long, barely half an hour I’d say. I started drawing since I was having a chat on Steam and had nothing else to do meanwhile I waited for the replies.

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Slowly but steadily the scales are spreading… 🙂