Two days late, but Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. I haven’t given up on this little thing, I’ve just not had a huge amount of time to write up anything for here. I finished my final school exams a little while ago so I now have a lot of time I can do things with. I’m trying my best to power through the last bit of Wyvern Diary. I’m not going to even try and make an estimate for how much time I think I have left before it’s done, because I’ve made those promises before and I’ve been absolutely lousy about keeping them.
The most difficult part of the current writing chunk I’m busy with is character interaction. I always doubt whether my characters are a) likable and b) interesting, so I’ve been doing rewrites for a while now. The other thing I’ve been focusing on is worldbuilding and localising things. Every single Capetonian speaking English exclusively is slightly unrealistic, even for a work of science-fiction, so I’m putting my knowledge of Xhosa and Afrikaans to the test. In an effort to avoid clumsy translation conventions and pitfalls, all foreign language lines are written as is, with a comment by the narrator that should give a reader unfamiliar with the language an idea of what’s being said.
In a couple of days, I’ll be searching for test readers. If anyone is interested in reading the first half of Wyvern Diary and giving feedback, stay on the lookout for my next post. Until then, thanks for reading and have a nice day.