When I started this blog, I posted a few moodboards I’d been playing with, and one of them was Adventurer’s Academy. The idea is there is a school for adventurers to learn their basic skills, focusing either in magic, fighting, or stealth, with a sort of Harry Potter at the RenFaire vibe. I’ve played with the concept a few times, the original version of it being more serious in its fantasy world, while this version steals a few characters from other things I’ve trashed and gives a more lighthearted story. Originally this was going to be the month by month story I planned to post here, but my usual writing anxiety has put its first part in rewrites a few times, with me going back and forth on how I wanted to tell it (which is the sort of process that led Laemmle High to be the thing I’m posting instead).
But I have a lot of fun with these characters and I’ve been trying to flesh them out more. Like with my magical girls and the princesses, giving them their own unique style and influence seemed important, and so I created fake Instagrams for the individual characters as well. Here is the central cast of Adventurer’s Academy, borrowing from D&D’s method of character creation, with images shamelessly stolen from Pinterest.
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The moon continues its climb over Laemmle High.
When I first started this blog, I wrote six short stories in development of a princess project, mentioning I’d gone through a few iterations and adjustments to the ideas. I’m still going though those iterations and figuring out which version of the story is the one I like best, but the thing I do like about fairy tale stories is the idea of “the story” itself. I’ve always been fond of Neil Gaiman’s “Instructions“, or stories like No Rest for the Wicked, which rely on the tropes as part of the world. I’m also fond of “after the golden age” style stories as well, where the great things that have been told in stories have long since passed and another generation is living under their shadow, and all of this came together in the idea for the Seven Patron Princesses.
In Adalandia, continent of a hundred kingdoms, the seven patron princesses are more than the ancestors of the seven largest kingdoms, but icons and saints, worshipped in small ways throughout the land. Each are said to represent a virtue and depict the proper way to live. Snow White, who represents purity, is depicted in red running through the snow as the forest tries to pull her back into darkness, and survived death. Sleeping Beauty, who represents patience, is most often shown in her tower, where she remained until her brave prince saved her. Rapunzel, who represents bravery, remained strong in her tower where she was stolen away by a witch. Cinderella, who represents diligence, is often depicted with fairies as she dances in her golden shoes. The Little Mermaid, who represents honesty, tied together the cliff keepers and the mermaids and became princess of two kingdoms. Beauty and the Beast, who represents kindness, entered the dark forest and tamed the King of Beasts. The Princess and the Frog, who represents humility, depicted often at her well with her frog prince in her hands. They are more than just stories.
But this was all hundreds of years ago, and now there are seven princesses again, each tied to the original seven, and they are all, for the first time, in one place.
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In which Merton deals with some unforeseen medical problems.
In which there is a bad moon on the rise.
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I am in the process of trying to set a schedule for myself. I’ve been a lot less creatively minded this year so far, partially out of stress and my usual medley of anxieties, partially just because I’ve been less motivated all around. Setting a schedule, figuring out a goal, it’s good for me to clear my head. I have all of Part II of Laemmle High written and am in the process of rewriting it, and only a little bit of Part III done so far, but I think I’m going to give myself a little bit of time to put it out. So Laemmle High will begin Part II June 14, which gives me the summer off, which I honestly really need. I plan to post other things here, of course, and I have several other projects I’m working on. The next chapter of Deadlands will be posted April 21st, and I’m posting examinations of modern monsters there as well as of now. I’ll have posted Dracula and The Wolf-Man by the time this goes up, with hopes to examine all of the Universal monsters, all of which tie directly into the monsters I’m writing about here. There are a few short stories I’ll be posting here in the future as well, so keep your eyes peeled. If you’re desperate to read my beautiful words, you can find me every other week over at my Fear Street blog, where I re-read all of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street, starting with The New Girl from 1989 to the new books released in the re-launch. I am trying to give myself as much time as possible to put out quality content for your eyes to enjoy. Like I said, I plan to post here in the interim, either with more concepts, new stories, or whatever my brain thinks up, and I’ll still be posting elsewhere. As for Laemmle High, we’ll see it again June 14!
Johnny gets another shot at his education, and something else comes to town.
In which Johnny’s education becomes a sticking point, and things get complicated.
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A study in character development and celebrity.
Instead of doing what I should be doing, which is writing the next few parts of my 1950s monster mash, working on some short stories, or finishing the next chapter in Deadlands, my partner and I have been rewatching a lot of 90s anime, specifically Sailor Moon. I’ve had magical girl based story ideas in the past. One I’d held onto for a while was a next generation style story, where the daughter inherited her mother’s role as magical warrior, along with all the baggage that went with it. But after reading Snot Girl and enjoying the celebrity aspects of Wicked + Divine, a drafted up a quick idea of a girl who’d recently gotten her powers and joined the ranks of several other magical girls. They’re essentially Internet celebrities, girls who differ in style and fashion and motif, but who all essentially serve the same purpose. And, recently rewatching a lot of magical girl and fighting animes, I’ve returned to it and done what I usually do with a small concept and not too many ideas: moodboards. Only this time, since I wanted to focus on the social media aspect, I made them fake social media accounts. Instagrams and Pinterests and Twitters that would reflect real life celebrity. Then I took it a step further, and recreated a sort of Magical Girl magazine (mildly inspired by GDBee’s fake magazines). Beneath this cut is a lot of images that I left watermarked (blame my bank account) and hopefully the start to a fully realized world.
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