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#11
Quote from: Jerusha on July 22, 2024, 04:25:33 PMMy goodness, Evie. This is amazing.

Thank you! I find that having inspiration photos of my characters really helps me with keeping their descriptions consistent, so someone doesn't have green eyes in chapter 3 and brown eyes in chapter 15, which I tend not to notice when I'm writing, but which will jump out at me and annoy me to no end once I read it all back later. Plus it helps make up for me being a frustrated character artist and illustrator at heart, with the actual artistic capability that will only allow me to draw stick figures!  ;D
#12
Quote from: DerynifanK on July 22, 2024, 03:29:34 PMLove this list of Dramatis Personae. Will help keep the characters straight. Where did you find such great pictures? A very handsome lot.

I used an image generator at Openart.ai to create them. I would use keyword prompts such as "Medieval prince, age 26, black hair, gray eyes, wearing crimson" or whatever.  Sometimes if I needed related people, I would use the same basic keywords but just change the age, sex, hair length, or other detail of that sort to get someone else who looked similar enough to be family, yet recognizably different. On occasion I also had to use a few other photo editing apps to fine tune some details, because for instance, my Arilans had almost neon violet eyes when I first generated them, and for some reason the website sometimes tries to match the eye color to the clothing color even when you specify otherwise, so I needed to tweak Miranda's eyes back to a more Haldane gray rather than  the sea green shade of the Hort of Orsal's colors. The site has its drawbacks--for instance, unless you are very careful with your keywords, it has a tendency to give all middle-aged kings or all young mid-20s princesses a case of "same face syndrome," but I tried to counter that by using a few other sites as well. This one did the best job of putting them in clothing that seemed at least reasonably appropriate for the period, though, given that this is historical fantasy rather than straight history. Some of the other sites would clothe them in more obviously Victorian clothing or, worse, the Gunne Sax fashions popular in the 1980s, even if I specified 15th Century.  ;D (Nothing against Gunne Sax gowns, they're just not very medieval looking!)
#13
My goodness, Evie. This is amazing.
#14
Evie I am most impressed. I have been looking forward to your new novel and it does not disappoint. You have certainly set the stage for all kinds of intrigue and complications. It is certainly clear that being a royal is not always what we think. Duty always has to come first and probably leads to a fair amount of unhappiness as it is in this case. Dysfunctional is a mild term for the relationships in this family. Even if Nicholas marries as his mother wants, I don't think she will be satisfied nor will she make things easy for any of them. Seems to be a really controlling sort. I am sure this is going to be a most interesting not to say fascinating tale.
#15
Love this list of Dramatis Personae. Will help keep the characters straight. Where did you find such great pictures? A very handsome lot.
#16
Forgotten Shadows / Re: FS Out of Character Chat
Last post by Evie - July 22, 2024, 03:13:53 PM
"Mythic Airich" has a certain je ne sais quoi....  ;D
#17
Forgotten Shadows / Re: FS Out of Character Chat
Last post by Nezz - July 22, 2024, 03:12:08 PM
Quote from: Marc_du_Temple on July 22, 2024, 03:07:28 PMHe thanks you and will ramble on in the future as well!
Great. And Airich says to tell you that it has been awhile since he had such a good laugh as when you referred to him as "mythic." :)
#18
Thanks, y'all!

QuoteWhat a story you have set up. Tears and laughter in the first chapter. Thank you.

Thank you and DesertRose for being my beta-readers and helping me figure out ways through tight spots, as well as keeping me motivated to continue writing when I hit the "messy middle" of the story. There's nothing like having someone reading along in real time to force a flagging writer to keep going, if only for self-preservation since I was half afraid if I stopped in media res, you might fly across the Atlantic just to kill me!  ;D

QuoteHmm, I note another gorgeous man in a cassock

It's an Evie story, Demercia. I have to have at least one good looking guy in a cassock!  ;D

QuoteOh yes, the new scene answers those specific doubts a reader might have regarding this lovely, dysfunctional family.

Yeah, they do have a few issues, don't they...?   ;)
#19
Forgotten Shadows / Re: FS Out of Character Chat
Last post by Marc_du_Temple - July 22, 2024, 03:07:28 PM
He thanks you and will ramble on in the future as well!
#20
Forgotten Shadows / Re: FS Out of Character Chat
Last post by Nezz - July 22, 2024, 03:00:11 PM
Marc, did I mention that I really like Bede's monologue in #73? I do. :)