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Just make yourself comfortable. You can say 'Hi' and join in the discussion, everyone is pretty nice! Also giving a follow to the Newsletter on BL_Palace is always good too because that's us supporting each other. :) In the forum there's also an event recently posted if you feel like joining in, it's a "First Love" short story anthology. Nothing is obligatory of course!
Ooh, yeah, I feel like regeneration is an all around great power for a horror story, unfortunately for Lev o_o Btw, let me know if you think the paragraphing of the story improved! I feel like in Word it looks short, but then on Webnovel I'm suddenly unsure...I also don't use the mobile app so I have no idea about that format.
Oh that sucks! :( The only thing I can recommend to you is a VPN, it's what I use but it's a paid service, so it's really up to you. It essentially masks your ip address, so like if there's a youtube video that is "unavailable in your country" you can pick another country through your VPN where it is available. It's very useful for countries with censorship on the internet, and in general for privacy. I'm sad you can't meet all the lovely ladies over there! And also you've definitely made a friend ;)
Oh no need to be sorry, you're more than welcome to ramble! I'm enjoying it :) I totally get it, my home country is also pretty prejudiced about the lgbtq+ community (not exclusively though :/). I think one of the reasons I've started writing it this year is because I've immigrated. I see this as a sort of dialogue between myself and my heritage, but from afar. Like a love/hate letter of sorts. I'm also totally homesick, but simultaneously very happy to not be there anymore. :| There's a good reason why I'm publishing it in English and not in my native tongue. Also, are you by any chance on Scribblehub? There's a group for BL writers I'm taking part in over there! We have a newsletter starting soon to promote artists and a private thread to support one another. If you're into it drop me your user and I'll get you added :)
This year has been so crazy, I met a lot of people who started to write just to not think about reality. I do have to say, reading/writing BL has been my most successful attempt at quitting cigs, haven't smoked since July! Lol, I'm happy some people are enjoying my ramblings.
Ooh you flatter me! I dunno honestly, I think it's a culmination of things, I haven't written anything before in my life tbh. I come from a completely different field ^^" Umm...If I had to put a finger on what triggered the idea, well, I lost my work-term position for college during first quarantine. I was running low on money, so I decided to quit cigs. I was a REALLY heavy smoker. In order to successfully get rid of the bad habit I started consuming copious amounts of smut and BL novels, so good for keeping my mind distracted like nothing else XD Well, I came upon the Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, and fell in love with it. I'm not super big on romance stories, but I love shounen. And it was kinda that goodness of both worlds which I rarely come across. Anyways, it made think about how lucky the Chinese were to have such a rich history, then I recalled I was a Middle Eastern Jew, literally speaking a revived Canaanite language. So in GDC they have sects with uniforms where the idea for basing it on the 12 tribes came from, and I think Avatar: The Last Airbender, made me think of the concept of Blessings... I just started writing what I wanted to see, I guess. Really had to distract myself from smoking. So, I guess this would be the short version of the birthing of this story. Lol, I hope you enjoyed my ted talk.
Hiya! Omg it's been super fun to go through your comments. You made me laugh audibly several times! Thank you for engaging with the content :D Regarding the suggestion, definitely heard that one before, the story is actually in the midst of a rewrite! I've been uploading unedited chapters as I do, since plot wise nothing has shifted only a handful of chapters actually changed their colors. A LOT of it is just cosmetics, trimming the fat, phrasing some things more nicely, and of course paragraphing! So, keep an eye out for it I'm trying to reupload everything by next update and will make a clear announcement about it. Once again though, thank you for the comments! I genuinely enjoy hearing your opinion :)
Thank you for the honest review, you bring up some very valid points. I'm definitely a novice and I appreciate the input :)
The story is very endearing and well written, there were a lot of amazing metaphors. While reading I always felt as though I was sitting under a tree on a hot summer day listening to the hum of the cicadas. The story flow was sometimes a bit bogged down by the vocabulary, although I can always appreciate that. The only thing I would comment about is that the character interactions sometimes felt a bit fabricated or robotic. As this is a Romantic story at its core, I find it somewhat detrimental to the story, so I would definitely reexamine some of the conversations. Otherwise a very smooth read.
I think it's somewhat unfair to judge this work at this point, as it seems to me that a much bigger story is yet to unfold and that the chapters currently available are nothing but a glimpse to it. I will say that I think the writing is phenomenal, although rough around the edges. I enjoyed the descriptions thoroughly and it was very easy to tell characters apart, whether it be their style or their mannerisms of speech. The prologue was very interesting and intense, I read through it very quickly and I thought its' pacing was very good. The later part of the story was just not as much my cup of tea, but it was still very well written, and the Female Lead of this story is quite charming and easy to relate to. In general the way the characters interact with one another comes off very natural and makes the reading experience very enjoyable as it reels you in. I'm curious to see what the future holds for young Ilise.