After much internal debate, and the knowledge that the book’s been released for over a year, I’ve decided to remove the three stories that became The Kanta Chronicles from the writing platform Fictionpress. Fictionpress is where I first started putting my writing out into the world, and where I was given the first incentive to actually publish my works. To everyone who took the time to read these stories and found any interest in them, thank you; I hope the changes I made in the book didn’t leave you feeling cheated. I still intend to use Fictionpress to test the waters with my new stories, and I will try to post chapters in a more regular interval. But in all honesty, I’ll post when I can force myself to sit down and write for more than five minutes.
As it’s been just about a year since the release of The Kanta Chronicles, and I haven’t posted anything on here for a couple of months, I wanted to take the time to give an bit of an update on the book. Over the past year I’ve given away and have had copies of the book bought from me in roughly the amount I expected. While I’m always carrying a couple of copies with me on the chance I run into someone wanting to read the book, to my limited knowledge only about 50 people or so have a copy. Now obviously I’d like that number to have a few more zeroes on the end, but as the old adage says ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ and alas, I’m sadly a beggar at this stage in life. But the good news is that for those of you who I’ve heard back from with regards to the book, the overall feedback has been quite positive. And that will always put a smile on my face, to hear that others enjoy my writing. But there is one thing that I request you do with those bouts of positive feedback-leave a review here at http://www.bolfodier.ca/?page_id=216 or at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Chapters/Indigo where by simply searching for The Kanta Chronicles, you can leave your thoughts. Even if you have only bad things to say, still leave your reviews. I can’t improve unless you, my readers tell me how to improve; and I want to be better for you.
Many of you have also asked about a potential sequel to the novel; and to answer your questions, yes I do have one in mind that I intend to write sometime in the future, but when I do is still up in the air. I’ve yet to finish my Lucifer and Lilith story (found here https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3165335/1/Lucifer-Lilith-Love-Leads-To-Sin) but once I do, I’ll be starting on either my sequel idea or another story combining 80’s slasher tropes with ancient magic in Roman times. Details on these stories can also be found on my fictionpress account.
Lastly, I’d like to say the HUGEST THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to everyone who has supported this endeavour (and by extension me) over the years. I hope you enjoy The Kanta Chronicles and all the upcoming material from yours truly.
Ok, so I know I haven’t posted anything in like 2 months, and I apologize for that (again my laziness is to blame, as with most delays in my works). But to make it up to you all, I’m going to give you a deeper look at one of the two characters that I named after myself, Nikki Kanta. And if anyone can find the other character, I’ll give you a special prize.
To start off, I thought I’d give you all an insight into the mind of my editor, who not only took the time to proof the story twice before publication, but to also answer my anxiety riddled questions on if I was any good and the like. I liked Nikki the most. I’m not sure I can explain why. I think because of her innocence and kindness, and how she is able to accept and support her brother’s bond with Jazabel even though she has her doubts and some jealousy at times. This was her response to who her favourite character was and to be honest I was a little surprised. I’ve already admitted who my favourite characters were (although I can’t really say that I have a definitive least favourite character), but to have someone say a character that isn’t your favourite is a bit weird the first time you encounter it. It’s like someone saying that their favourite Harry Potter character is Ron: as a main character it’s a total possibility but with how great Harry, Hermione and some of the other Weasleys are, it may be a bit disjointed to your opinions. And to have that experience, I’m truly grateful to my editor (not to mention everything else she did for the Kanta Chronicles).
For those of you who haven’t read the FictionPress version of the book, one of the things that I added to Nikki’s character was her relationship with Romulus. And while the book doesn’t give a whole lot of history between them, there is in the lore I’ve laid out for the world of Bolfodier. At the start of part two, Iselda mentions that Romulus, Shade and Nikki have all been having play-dates together and have become friends. Over the years, Romulus of course falls in love with Nikki; and while Nikki has always known this, she never does anything to deter his feelings. And although it would have been nearly impossible for her to not love Shade, had Braria rejected their love, it would have been Romulus who she would have taken as her husband. Shade would have been upset, but realizing it would have been the best of a bad situation, he would have never said a word (also, he would have chosen Jazabel, so he didn’t really have a right to complain, knowing how Nikki initially thought of her).
Another thing that isn’t really mentioned in the book is that Nikki is the older of the twins and what that means. On the day that Shade and Nikki were born, Iselda demanded that Sabrina never reveal which twin is older to anyone, fearing it may lead to strife between the two of them over who is the rightful ruler. So the fact that Iselda reveals that Nikki was born first in her letter is a very big deal, as she is essentially declaring Nikki the heir apparent to the throne, when everyone just assumed that Shade was the eldest and therefore the heir. This is actually a staple of my writing: the female twin is always the eldest, and usually the more powerful of the two.
So I was watching YouTube and came across a video that suggested that Disney may be thinking about making a MCU style movie starring their Princess line up. And so inspired by the video and host’s call to action, I wrote a short synopsis of what I thought such a movie would look like. Let me know what you think, but to truly understand everything (jokes, nods etc.) you should be a bit of a Disney-phile.
So, here’s a radio ad to help promote the Write It Forward Event that I recorded today for the local radio station that I’m a volunteer at. Let me know what you all think. This will be running for the next month on Canoe FM 100.9, so let me know if you hear it.
I’m going to come out and just say that Sabrina was named after the titular teenage witch. Foolish I know, but my influences are nearly legion, and she was one of the first characters I created for the story back when I was 16 (so cut me a little slack!). But despite her being a figment of my imagination, I feel Sabrina is one of my realest characters in the novel. She’s kind, unassuming, and aware of and slightly afraid of her full power. As she grew up in an environment that forced her to use her magic for selfish purposes, she swore to herself when she ran away from Vagala that she’d only use her magic to help those in need rather than herself. She actually reminds me of an old friend from high school that I had. Except for her bisexuality, that’s purely more of my being a teenager when I wrote her.
While anyone with the barest of knowledge of Greek mythology can see that Hados is Bolfodier’s version of Hades (their names are only one letter apart), most might not realize that there’s more connections between the myths of our world and the underworld of Bolfodier. Similarly to Ancient Greece’s view of the afterlife, Bolfodier’s is a sprawling vastness that’s divided into three parts. The Gates are basically Elysian Fields (a Heaven-esque place for heroes and demigods and the truly worthy of mortals); the Fields are equivalent to the Grecian Asphodel Meadows (a.k.a. the Fields of Asphodel, and the place where most people would go after they died); and the Pits are Tartarus (the deepest part of the underworld where the cursed and truly evil individuals spent their afterlife in torment, similar to Hell). But the deepest cut into Greek mythology comes in the naming of Korena. In the myths, the wife of Hades was Persephone, who occasionally went by the name Kore, and was routinely brought back to earth to appease her mother to ensure the harvest. Similarly but in reverse, Korena and Hados are cursed to only spend one day on Bolfodier every 25 years by Lilith. The second half of Korena’s name comes from the Greek goddess Athena, virgin goddess of wisdom and strategy. I thought this fit in well with Korena’s introduction as Empress Annabelle, a man hating immortal who declares war on the protagonists. And the final bit of Greek influence on Bolfodier’s underworld comes from Zotz, the underworld’s guardian that barely gets mentioned. Zotz was supposed to be the equivalent to Cerberus, the infamous three-headed dog that kept the spirits of the dead in the underworld and kept out the living. But his name actually comes from Mayan mythology in the form of Camazotz, the giant bat god of death. And as a creature that is described as sounding like “a dragon trying to howl like a wolf”, isn’t a giant bat a perfect mixture of the two and a much more fearsome guardian than a dog with three heads?
While it wasn’t on the top of her list of priorities upon her return to Terang (at the end of the second part of the book), Iselda was determined to have Braria’s currency shift away from gold and towards silver after hearing of the death of Nina. And while her friends and family were equally outraged by the tale of the goddess’ death, and supported her motion to make gold worthless, the idea is ultimately decided against because of gold’s importance to the greater Bolfodier community. Pan and Sabrina both bring up the point to truly have the average citizen disregard gold would be next to impossible without telling them why she was trying to have gold left by the wayside; something everyone realizes is a very dangerous secret that should not be revealed if they wish to keep Hados, Lilith and Korena safe. So, with a heavy heart and a tearful prayer to Korena, Iselda admits defeat on the issue, while resolving to try and have as much gold exchanged from Braria as she can in the remaining years of her reign.
So awhile back I hinted at a special announcement due to come out soon. Well, today is that day. Today, I’m officially launching what I’m calling the Write It Forward Event; a chance for anyone and everyone interested in adding their own spin on the world of Bolfodier and potentially have it become canon. Full details are on the new Write It Forward page here on bolfodier.ca. This is me handing one of the reins of creative control over to my readership, as well as a desperate bid to get some attention outside of those who know me personally. So please, let all those creative types you know know about this event.
So, a few months ago I got the idea to take the idea of giving a backstory to fanart of famous characters turned evil (most of which were Disney) and posting the twisted thoughts that came to mind. I’ve since posted a few on Facebook, but I’ve decided to take the next step and put it up on FanFiction. I haven’t found a place to post the pics that inspired these dark tales yet so if anyone knows a good place I’d love to get it. So please read the shorts that turns some of our favourite heroines into the Princesses of the Dark Side! More are sure to come when I find some intriguing pictures.