Author has written 20 stories for Forgotten Realms, Baldur's Gate, Hetalia - Axis Powers, Team Fortress 2, and World War Z.
Bio: Hello, my name is Jessi D and I'm a fantasy writer. I'm twenty-two years old and I'm currently a MA Creative Writing student, though I hope to write fantasy novels in the future. My account and my stories here are a way to refine my writing and my writing process; a way to exorcise the characters and places in my head; and most importantly a way to have fun!
I seem to specalise these days in Forgotten Realms and Axis Powers Hetalia fanfiction.
I like to write original stories but use the mythology and setting of the Realms. Most of my stories have a cast of original characters (or so I hope) and a few original places. The richness of the world was what first attracted me to the setting when I first encountered it through the game Baldur's Gate and I now have a huge collection of games, books and accessories. My first FR authors were RA Salvatore and Douglas Niles- I started with the Cleric Quintet and the Moonshea Trilogy. I've somewhat lost my taste for Salvator's work nowadays and my favourite writer in the setting is now Richard Lee Byers (Year of Rogue Dragons).
Axis Powers Hetalia appeals to my history nerd side. My favourite nation is Prussia, at least until they introduce Wales into the canon. Until then I work on stories of Welsh history with my OC!Wales, Gwydion ap Bledri. I'm also attempting to bring more Friedrich II/Prussia fics into the fandom.
Being Welsh and being born in the Year of the Dragon, I have a great fondness for everything winged and scaly. There's at least one dragon in most of my stories and my long-running project Dragon God Chronicles revolves around them.
I speak English as my first language, though as a Welsh girl some Cymraeg does slip into my stories when I have need of a strange language. As a British person I like the letter 'u' in my words and have very strict grammer.
The Last War: My on-going Hetalia project set during the Glyndŵr Rising (1400-1415). This is a fasinating period of history to me, that the nation of Wales could rebel for so long against the larger and more powerful England. Also I seriously fangirl Owain Glyndŵr. This fic is also an excuse to practice my Welsh, with the help of my long-suffering beta.
Doctrine: This is something completly different for me, both character-wise and setting-wise. It's basically a story about illithids and therefore is set in the Underdark. It started out when I read the D&D accessory Lords of Madness and found the section of illithids extremly interesting. I looked through the site yet I found that illithids, and aberrations in general, don't see much use as antagonists. To my knowledge no one has done a story with an aberration protagonist either. So I took one of my Neverwinter Nights characters, a illithid psion called Maslynrensine, upgraded him into an ulitharid and with some rummaging around in my other accessories I had a story.
I hope to make this a story that will span a great deal of the Underdark, espically the more exotic and less well-known places. I hope to work on creating some original sites on the journey between and I hope that my first evil protagonist is believeable and interesting, though I wish the same of all the other characters too, of course.
Dragon God Chronicles IV: Binding Chains: This is the first part of the last stretch for this story - only this and number five to go. I've been working on this saga since I was twelve years old. Chel, Vale and Tiamet popped into my head when I read my first FR books and I like them enough that they stayed exclusively in my head until I joined this site two years later. Understandably I have a great fondness for them.
For this story I want to work on Vale's personality and motivations a bit more. I want to make her a bit more selfish, a bit more angry, a bit more human in other words. I also have two new characters to introduce in this story who may or may not appear in the next.
General Writing: At then moment I'm working on my writing style, both for uni and here. I want to work on:
- Increasing the length of my stories (but not too much)
- Creating well-rounded and believable (aside from the fact that they may be dragons, illithids and elves etc) characters
If you spot something wrong with any of these or have any ideas that could improve them, then leaving those suggestions in a review would be greatly appricated. :)
Advice: I'm not so egotistical that I believe I know eveything about writing - after all I just a student. But I do know a few things that have helped me out and a few things that others have told me that could help you.
Planning is good... Make sure that you have a plan for at least the basic storyline. I myself have started writing and posting stories only to be stopped because I have no idea where it was going. Don't put your energies into a story that's not going anywhere.
...but leave some room to move. Some of my best ideas have come in a sudden flash of inspiration. Don't have a rigid plan that leaves you no room to put your shiny, new ideas.
Setting: Remember where you've set your story! This is espically true of dialogue - don't have modern speech in a story that's set in the middle-ages. This is a personal pet-hate of mine and I know I'm not alone in this.
Character: When you're writing step back and think: is this what he/she/it would do? Don't have a character suddenly change alignments or personalities.
Originality: One of the reasons I went off the work of Salvatore is that he seems to have inspired a flood of Drizzt-clones. Please stay away from cliches.
Flaws: No one is perfect. Give your character some defects. Some D&D accessories like the Player's Handook II can give you good examples.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the stories below as much as I've enjoyed writing them. :D