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  1. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    1) Your name/penname/handle and title of your serial.

    Patrick "Bahumat" Rochefort. Title of my serial is From Winter's Ashes. I co-write this project with my best friend and frequent co-author, Keith Aksland.

    2) How long have you been writing this serial?

    The initial story seed is over a decade old, with parts of it written in chunks and pieces spanning years. We began seriously writing it as a web serial in the summer of 2013, when we sat down together and began converting the parts of the novelization into a broader web serial format.

    3) How long have you been writing at all?

    My career choices at the age of six were: "Astronaut, or writer." I'm not saying I've given up on the astronaut dream entirely, but I found a lot more immediate success in my youth in writing competitions than I did in convincing people to let me go to space.

    4) What's your earliest work you can remember (bonus: how terrible was it, can you share it with us and what were the best lessons you learned)?

    I wrote a poem in the fourth grade that was pro-bullying, and won thirty bucks in a contest for it. It was kinda terrible in content, but the word-crafting wasn't too bad. Being told my poem award had been "the most controversial of the competition" was kind of a thrill.

    5) Why did you pick serial writing?

    It seemed like a solid way to subsidize novel-writing, and build an early audience for the work without having to wait for the whole book to be complete.

    6) How did you find WebFictionGuide?

    Clicked 'Vote' on Wildbow's "Worm" long ago, and discovered the website behind the TopWebFiction page.

    7) How much of your story draws upon people in your life, places you live or places you've visited?

    Not a lot. I'm a staunch atheist, but I also believe that faithful people make better neighbours, and so writing a fantasy Church setting where I can cherry-pick the best of the behaviors and exclude the ones I'm not fond of is nice. My experience with arctic circle settings, however, is both a product of living through many Canadian winters, and a few trips north of the arctic circle to places like Yellowknife. Winter and its landscapes, and the hell that enduring a real arctic winter can be, are something very near and dear to my daily experiences.

    I've never personally known anyone like my main characters, and that's why I write them.

    8) What are you proudest about in your writing?

    The days where I buckle down and work hard, exorcise myself of any pretention and remember that at the end of the day, my job is to put a few thousand words down a day. Those days where I can free myself of distractions and just be that guy laying down words with the same mindset as a bricklayer laying bricks? Those days I'm proudest of.

    Awards and money are really nice bonuses, though.

    9) What are you the most unsure about?

    Can I support my family on the income from writing?

    10) Congratulations! Your serial has just achieved all the success you dreamed about! What does that mean for you?

    Rent paid, groceries on the table, health and dental care for my family and children. Financial security, but not so much that I can afford to stop writing.

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  2. Emma (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    1) My name is Emma Mohr and my serial is "Sin Eater."

    2) Technically, I have been writing the serial for two years. I actually started it about two years ago, and put it on hold for a year because of school. I'm still in school, but I decided to go for it. I really wouldn't have continued writing it if I didn't start posting it.

    3) I have been writing since about middle school really, maybe a little earlier than that. It was never consistent until High school and after. Then, I started college and pretty much quit for a few years. So, I'm an on-again-off-again kind of writer.

    4) The earliest work I can remember is some short stories I wrote in middle school. My teacher, of course, said they were good, but they were probably terrible. I would love to share them, but I actually don't have them anymore. I don't have any idea where they are at either. If I ever do find them, I'm totally going to put them on my blog. This might be something I should ask my mom about.

    5) The main reason I picked serial writing was to try something new. I really like the format as well. There is also the fact that some of my ideas are better suited in a serial format. Sin Eater is pretty much to test the water and see if I can write something as a serial.

    6) I found WFG through Google. I was looking for web fiction to read, and the site popped up. Been reading stories on it when I can ever since. I didn't start getting active on it until I added my own story. Even on the internet, I'm extremely shy and get nervous when posting and reviewing. I'm trying to rectify that.

    7) There is a character that is an inside joke between me and my best friend. She loves viking looking men, like Eric Northman from True Blood, and I told her I would add one in all of my stories/novels just for her. It was a joke, but I did end up with a guy that looked like that anyways. Also, Bates City, where my story takes place, is turning out to be St. Louis, where I live, without the Arch. It hadn't been intentional, but it happened.

    8) I'm proudest that I'm actually writing and people are enjoying it. I know it's not the greatest work, but it just makes me happy reading the couple of comments I get. It makes it easier to write the next chapter, and makes me want to write even more.

    9) That I will ever make any money writing. It's not my goal at the moment, and I do plan on keeping Sin Eater completely free. But when I do write things I intend on making money on, I'm afraid that it won't happen.

    10) I can quit my job and focus more on writing and finishing school. The bills are paid and it puts food on the table.

  3. Tintenteufel (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    These are some very interesting tidbits. :) I enjoyed reading them and have a tiny bit of shame in wiggling my way into this... but I am going for it anyway. Might as well seal my fate with comitting to this.

    1.) Name
    Paul is my name. My surname is kinda plain (comparable to Smith or Miller), so maybe I will change it sometime. My nick ¨Tintenteufel¨ is German and means something along the line of ¨Ink's Devil¨.
    My serial is named either Stadtblut (City's Blood) or Blut und Rost (Blood and Rust) since I would like to deal with the lingering effects of history on the current life in a modern city (Berlin) which has lots and lots of monarchistic, fascistic stuff happening in the last thousand years. So i deliberately twisted a right wing phrase (Blood and Iron/Blood and Earth/Blood and Honour). Hope nobody confuses me for one of the shovelheads.

    2.) Since when do you write your serial?
    Fiddling around with it for quite a while. Got to making sketches and pieces around summer last year. Since three weeks I am keeping schedule to build a backlog.

    3.) Since when do you write at all?
    Half an eternity. Got into playing text-based OnlineRPGs around 9 years ago, had been scribbling a while before. Got praised in eight grade for a translation of a Shakesperean Sonnett andhave been fiddling around ever since.

    4.) Earliest Work.
    Mine was a terrible short story about a man on a city-ship. A fantastic piece in which everything was blown out of proportion and humans were the size of ants. A Lizard came and ate the whole ship, which housed thousands of people. It was horribly written, very trite and ladden with info dumps. There were no characters, no dialog, just a sketch really. I wont show it since everything essential is missing.

    5.) Why serials?
    To get me to write and not look back doing it. To burn through a million words and learn something along the way. And I kinda want to be the first at something, The first german webserialist I know of in this case.

    6.) How did you find TWG?
    Wildbow asked for votes on worm which was the first serial I read.

    7.) How much does mundane live inspire you?
    A lot I think. Places I mostly take without much polishing since I write in a realistic setting (Berlin) and there are lots and lots of cool places in german cities that lend themselves to it pretty quickly.
    People...I do not know. I take a few bits and pieces out of people I know and throw them in. One of my most beloved characters is based on two girls I know - strongheaded, fashionable, sharp tongued - but more evil and manipulative. I guess things always inspire everyone and influence characters and plots. But I do make a point not to have friends as characters. The things happening to them are mostly horrible and that would not be nice.

    8.) What are you proudest of?
    Hard to say.I did not finish anything and my writing is not that good so most things would be pretty presumptous.
    I am a bit proud of my extensive vocabulary (it is much better in german ^^ ) for which I worked since I could read.

    9.) What are you most unsure about?
    Barring my own financial future...since nobody hires someone with a degree in philosophy...I am unsure wether or not I can discipline myself. Stick to a schedule and actually, consciouslylearn and evolve. Everything bigger I worte to an end I never edited. Most stories I did not even finish, just abandoned them.
    I fear to just toss my project aside before getting anywhere.

    10.) Your Serial achieved all the success you dreamed of! What does that mean?
    I wrote a million words without every stopping a day. I am a known entity in the german literary web and people are asking me how to start someting, not the other way around. In a crazy world with a disciplined Tintenteufel I would be able to turn my work into a resume for creative work, pitch it as an asset to branch out and gather experience in fields like film, tv, newspaper and such.
    I dare not even dream of writing fiction for a living. But it being useful for something would be nice. :)

    Blut und Rost - German Webserial about the horror that is human interaction


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