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A Week in Asexual Characters – Cal

Claudie Arseneault/ October 24, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Community, Writing/ 0 comments

Unlike Henry and Nevian, Cal is a character I decided to make aroace. Isandor has existed for a long time, and there were multiple instances of me stopping, looking at my cast, and considering how I could make it more diverse. What could I change? What would it affect and how would it ripple out? How did it modify backstory,

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Gritty Stories, Humanizing Villains, and Narrative Consequences

Claudie Arseneault/ May 18, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Worldbuilding, Writing/ 0 comments

For as long as I remember, I have loved villains. It’s not really a surprise. Main characters usually are pretty bland and have telegraphed romances, while villains have rich motives, a lot of drive, and are so often coded as queer (and heck, often more precisely as aromantic and asexual). I lived for Redemption Arcs and absolutely loved novels who

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Plans for 2016

Claudie Arseneault/ December 12, 2015/ City of Spires, Community, Personal, Projects, Varia/ 0 comments

So we’ve talked a lot about how 2015 went writing-wise, and some lessons I learned from it. But as always, I like to plan ahead, especially when writing is concerned. 2016 is no exception. It’s hard to know how much time I can put on everything with the new job, but here are my goals. Isandor (City of Spires) From January

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Isandor3 and Writer Fatigue

Claudie Arseneault/ December 9, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Writers are not endless creative wells. And I think it can be hard for some of us to hear or discover that. Sometimes when you write and write and write, then edit and edit and edit … the well just run dries. It becomes harder to gather the motivation to put words on the pages, and even when you do

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The Halfies Trio

Claudie Arseneault/ October 2, 2015/ Characters, City of Spires, Excerpts/ 0 comments

It’s art time! I was really looking forward to making this post, because I commissioned art from a very cool artist, Laya Rose. Of three lovely characters from City of Spires, typically called “The Halfies Trio.” Yep, they’re such tight friends they even have an in-universe nickname! So first of all, here is the awesome result! From left to right, you

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