Fairyland vs. Steampunk - Beautiful Books #1


Hey, young bloods! I'm joining forces with Cait and Sky to bring you Beautiful Books, a linkup dedicated to discussing your WIPs. This month's BB is about a novel you're planning, and today I'll be introducing for the very first time on this blog my fairyland vs. steampunk novella, tentatively called Song of Magic and Machines.

1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I actually just came up with this last week! There was a gnome thief constantly pestering me to use her in a story, and I outlined this idea. The steampunk bit sprang from me wanting to incorporate steampunk in one of my future stories, and I decided why not this one?

2. Describe what your novel is about!
Two constantly fighting kingdoms, Aerofell (steampunk) and Faelind (fairyland), are on the verge of yet another war. Enter Karissa Goldlock, a snarky gnome thief exiled from Faelind; Ari Wickworth, the bookish prince of Aerofell captured by the fae; a blind elf; a black cat; and steampunk pirates, and you've got SoMaM.

3. What is your book's aesthetic?


4. Introduce us to each of your characters!
My two main characters are:

Karissa Goldlock - a thief exiled from Faelind. 38 pounds of gnome and 100 pounds of snark. (Very) lesbian.

Prince Ari Wickworth - human Prince of Aerofell. Lover of books and cats (mainly cats).

There's also:

Anastasia Cogwood - human steampunk pirate captain

Cephas Brambling - walking tiefling encyclopedia

Jasper Fairington - Ari's dwarfish mentor, best friend, and second father

Aiwyn Ilfenyo - a bisexual, blind elf who tries to bust Ari out of Faelind

5. How do you prepare to write?
Outlining! It's an approach I've been trying more often of late, and I think it really helps.

6. What are you most looking forward to about this project?
THE OBVIOUS AESTHETIC GOODNESS.

7. List 3 things about your novel's setting.
The two main settings are Anastasia's pirate ship and Zilmaris, the capital of Faelind. Amrynn Island - ancient neutral territory between Faelind and Aerofell that has long been abandoned and forgotten - also appears in the last few chapters.

8. What is your character's goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
The goal of LITERALLY EVERYONE in this book is to get Ari's ass back to Aerofell. Anastasia and Cephas want to do it because they'll get paid a crapton of money by Ari's parents, Aiwyn wants to do it because if Faelind puts Ari up for ransom tensions between the two countries will explode again and he doesn't want that, and Jasper and Ari just want to go home. Karissa is the only one who's somewhat indifferent to Ari's fate - she mainly just wants to find a home again.

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Ari definitely learns to be more accepting, and Karissa learns to be at peace with herself.

10. What are your book's themes?
I feel like this is a recurring theme in basically everything I write, but: acceptance of those who are different than you.

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Well, that's all for today! Are you doing NaNo? What WIPs are you planning? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles <3

Namarië,
Ellie

20 comments:

  1. I'm really sorry Ellie, but I'm going to have to steal your book off you. It just sounds too incredible and I'm not sure the world is ready for it. I'll have to read it myself and then give you my decision ;)

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    1. Noooo ahhhh. Okay, fine, but only if I get to read one of your novels too. ;)

      - Ellie

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  2. Ooh, this sounds so cool! I especially love the pictures!! Good luck with it!

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  3. This looks so great! And that aesthetic is beautiful. <3
    I look forward to hearing more about this story!

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  4. This sounds like something I'd cry about in my local library.

    I WANNA HEAR MORE GIMME!!!!!

    I'd never heard of this linkup before now, but I've participated in BP before so....maybe I'll try BB? :) Especially now my super secret project is rising from the ashes I previously cast it into....

    (also, how do you come up with such good names???)

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    1. Thank you so much! Ahhhh yesss, please do it! I definitely want to hear more about your secret project.

      Idk?? I definitely make use of name generators, but I'm very picky about what names I take from them. Sometimes I'll take the first part of one name and the second part of another name and smash them together. Sometimes I'll just use names from our own world - like Linus and Philip. Lots of times I'll use words in foreign languages - I particularly like Zulu or anything from the Celtic language family - and just modify a letter or two. With these names specifically, I went with Victorian names for my steampunk characters and made-up names for my fae characters.

      - Ellie

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  5. ooh, this sounds so cool! i want to read this so badly right now. xD

    -izzy

    (p.s. i got another instagram.... i'm actually using it this time and i'm @trashy_potato_banana )

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  6. Love the pictures and the wholes world socialising thing!

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  7. Omggg :DD What a gorgeous aesthetic that is. Ellie, you are so incredibly amazing at creating your stories! :) I am jealous lol! Really though, the pieces that you've shared with us about all your WIPS are just fantastic. Don't even get me started on your titles. "Heaven Bleeds Fire"? "Song of Magic and Machines"? No words for perfectness this perfect!

    I feel like I've asked this before.. Probably on one of the fantasy name posts you did a while back. But I'm gonna do it again because why not. How do you come up with your names for characters and places? How do you make them fit so well with their personality/atmosphere? Or is just something that happens? lol. I used to be able to come up with random names.. But it's been so difficult lately.

    Good luck with your stories!

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    1. AHHHHH SHHHH THANK YOU.

      Idk?? I definitely make use of name generators, but I'm very picky about what names I take from them. Sometimes I'll take the first part of one name and the second part of another name and smash them together. Sometimes I'll just use names from our own world - like Linus and Philip. Lots of times I'll use words in foreign languages - I particularly like Zulu or anything from the Celtic language family - and just modify a letter or two. With these names specifically, I went with Victorian names for my steampunk characters and made-up names for my fae characters.

      - Ellie

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  8. Oh my goodness steampunk AND fairyland??? This is amazing. I cannot wait to hear more about this as you continue to write it, it sounds totally epic.
    -Vivian

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  9. this sounds just too epic honestly. This post makes me want to pull this book out of your brain and read it in a day AHH. if you need any alpha/beta readers when it's done... let me know ;)

    And I'm going to try NaNo again this year, I did it last year so why not tackle it again! Also let me know if you want to be writing buddies, writing alone for NaNo is sad :P

    ~Noor

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I definitely will.

      I'm actually not doing NaNo - November is always wayyyy too busy for me. I'm doing this in my spare time. BUT I WILL DEFINITELY GIVE YOU ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT. And if you want someone to alpha or beta read your project, I'd love to!

      - Ellie

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  10. OMG THAT SOUNDS TOTALLY AMAZING! Steampunk is super cool.

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