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FFC #108 - A Further Update on Dawn of Darkness

Posted June 24th, 2023 at 01:54 PM by TGRF
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #108

I wanted to give my readers a quick update on the status of DoD.

Over the past month or so, even before I started the development for DoD over, I've been having trouble sticking with it. I will sit down to develop what should an easy and straight forward part, only to lose interest soon after and switch over to something else.

In the last week, I've stopped trying to develop DoD completely, and have turned my attention to my novels instead. At this point there is no guarantee that I will return to DoD.

Despite the fact that this seems to be coming out of nowhere, it's been coming along for awhile now. Several times while developing, I would feel a deep lack of interest in the story. Some parts I enjoyed, yes, but the story as a whole never really gripped my imagination.

This is probably because I never planned on writing a sequel to my Utgar story. There was room for...
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TGRF Reviews - Words of Radiance

Posted June 18th, 2023 at 03:01 PM by TGRF
I finished book two of The Stormlight Archive yesterday, which means it's time for another review. When I started reading the book, I intended to review each part individually as I did for TWOK. However, book two felt far more cohesive than TWOK did, and for that reason, I decided to simply review the whole thing as one.

Let's get to the review.

Ratings:
5: Amazing, above flawless.
4: Flawless, but doesn't really stand out.
3: Might have some issues, but works fine.
2: Has some issues which might detract from the story.
1: Flawed, bring the movie down noticeably.

Title: Words of Radiance
Author: Brandon Sanderson
My Rating: 4.17/5 - A hard-to-put-down original adventure, only limited by some stylistic choices.

Spoiler-free summary: Keeping these summaries spoiler-free is only going to get harder as the series progresses. I tried to write one for this book, but because so much...
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FFC #107 - June Update

Posted June 14th, 2023 at 03:11 PM by TGRF
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #107

It's been exactly a month since my last update, thanks mostly to the site going down for an extended period of time. During that time, quite a bit has changed with my writing. I'll get the small update out of the way first.

Novels:
Progress with my novels remains slow but steady. The fact that the whole thing hasn't imploded yet is a big win, and I'm taking that to mean I'm on the right track.

The magic system needs a bit of refinement, but the important parts are in place, and I know the basics of how the plot will unfold for the first story. Now that I know that, I can worldbuild for real, letting the setting develop naturally as the plot fleshes out in the background. Chat GPT is helping immensely in the speculation department of how the world would adapt to the magic system.

My plan for my novels is to write the first story as a standalone with series potential. Assuming...
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FFC #106 - May Update

Posted May 14th, 2023 at 11:20 PM by TGRF
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #106

Concerning DoD:
Since my last update just over a month ago, I've only gotten approximately half way through the outline for Dawn of Darkness. This isn't due to a lack of interest or any problems. It's simply because the story is turning out far larger than I had anticipated.

I revisited a few things which I felt the outline needed, most notably a consistently ramping feeling of tension. I'm quite happy with the way the story gets progressively more and more tense now, and I feel that this story has really nailed that more than others.

DoD is also making use of light worldbuilding and side character development to feel far more full and realistic than some of my previous stories.

If everything turns out, DoD should be quite excellent. It's just taking a while to get there. I'd judge my actual progress to be closer to 60% than the 50% my signature shows, because the second half...
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TGRF Reviews - The Way of Kings

Posted May 8th, 2023 at 08:04 PM by TGRF
I have today finished The Way of Kings, and since I plan on diving straight into the second book, I wanted to go ahead and review it. Normally I would let my thoughts sit for a few days (or try to at least), but with TWOK, I've been writing this review in my head for a while now, helped no doubt by the lengthy nature of the story.

As usual, I will break the story down into areas I feel deserve mention, either because they were done well or poorly. I'll average the ratings of these sections out to get the final rating for the story as a whole. Keep in mind that this is of course my own personal take on the book, and certainly not indicative of any other reader.

Let's get on with the review.

Ratings:
5: Amazing, above flawless.
4: Flawless, but doesn't really stand out.
3: Might have some issues, but works fine.
2: Has some issues which might detract from the story.
1: Flawed, bring the movie down noticeably....
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