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As part of the Charity Sip project, we authors volunteered to review some of our fellow author's work in something called a Review Reacharound.
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Good afternoon, folks! Time for another fic review! And this time, I'm covering one from a favorite author of mine that I feel everyone should enjoy as well. How can you not? It's good stuff!

The author in question is ID Locke, whom many of you may recognize both from her fanfiction under the name Iron Dog and the previous fic review I did for her novel "Blind Desire". She recently released a couple of works that I was all too quick to snatch up. And let me tell you, I rarely spend money on stuff I haven't already read (and therefore know that I like). Money's too precious to waste on something that I won't like and can't return, but I was confident that I would enjoy her story. And I did.
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A Thousand Words is a series of original oneshots that I have compiled under one heading. Some of them are inter-related. Others are entirely separate. Some of them are fanfiction from other original fics of mine. I don't know when A Thousand Words will end. Whenever I run out of ideas, I suppose? lol

Summary wise, A Thousand Words is a provocative and honest series of short stories, based in part on true relationships and stories, that show love in all forms : The pain of wanting something you know you shouldn't . The man who always waits for the one who doesn't realize what he's looking for. The carefully hidden relationship falling apart at the edges. All these and more. They could, at any point, contain het, slash, threesomes, or moresomes. They also range in rating from SFW to NSFW.

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Greetings, friends! Time for another fic review. It's been quite some time since I last wrote one so I hope you'll forgive my tardiness. This time, I've chosen an original fic, to follow along with the rotation I've been following.

The Devil's Wife is a short story I wrote to submit to Writer's Digest Short Story Competition. I didn't win or place or well, even get noticed. But, I quite like this fic anyway.
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Okay folks! It's time for another fic review! I know you're just brimming with anticipation, right? lol. Seriously though, I write these to not only help me organize my thoughts, to provide a deeper insight to a story and hope that it at least entertains.

Tonight, hopefully before midnight, I bring you the first story in a series (most likely a couplet if not trilogy) of novels all under the heading "Infinity's End". The Edge of Tomorrow is actually the result of NaNoWriMo 2009 and it's unique in that it is not a slash novel as I usually write, but the main pairing is in fact heterosexual. Though to be fair, The Edge of Tomorrow is in a genre all it's own because it's a romantic action-adventure erotic fantasy comedy. Yes, all of those in one.

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Firstly, let me say this. I don't purchase books nearly as often as I ought to. And immediately after reading this book, I decided that I must rectify that mistake immediately.

Secondly, "Blind Desire" was -- in a word -- exquisite. Of course, it helps that I've been a long-standing fan of the author, ID Locke whom I was originally introduced to through her fan fiction which would be more familiar to you under the name Irondog. But even I was blown away by how quickly I was sucked into the story and how easily I fell into the world she created. To be honest, I couldn't put it down and refused to leave my chair, reading all 66K or so in one night. Yes, it was that fascinating.

Read more... )To be fair, I have a thing for arrogant incubi like Ryzel and supreme "bitches" like Quinlin. So this story appealed to me on several levels. The characters were easy to fall in love with and who can resist a story line involving Incubi, demons, and magic? Certainly not I. Locke's worldbuilding skills are, in a word, amazing. "Blind Desire" is set in a world much like our present day, but with a fantasy element involving demons, angels, etc. And yet, her characters are so real and lifelike you feel as if you could have met them on the street, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, courage and fear.

Another unique bit about Locke's writing is the sex scenes. They aren't arbitrarily placed, or used as mere filler material. Instead, each one fits perfectly within the plot. The story doesn't feel like a bunch of disconnected scenes, but a well-woven tale with sexy bits that serve to make the reader hot AND move the plot forward all at the same time. This isn't a story where removing the sexy bits would be easy or even advised. True, "Blind Desire" could be enjoyed without all the heat, but it wouldn't be the same. It would be missing an integral piece of Locke's storytelling.

Basically, read it. That's what I'm trying to say. If you have the money, go out and purchase "Blind Desire" . It's well worth it. Trust me. So worth it that I wished there were more by the time I was done with it. Which, consequently, would be my only complaint. I wanted more and there wasn't more. *laughs*

Here's the link to where you can purchase "Blind Desire", something I would highly recommend.

Aye-ye-ye, why is it so much easier to dissect someone else's story?
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Today I bring you the shortest of my original fictions to date.

It started as a brief, unplanned writing exercise on Myspace. I wanted to post a blog so I just started writing to see where it would take me, the first line was "Broken." And then "Shattered into a thousand pieces of mirrored glass..." and from there, I just let the words flow. I didn't know where they were going to go, but as is the case with most of my stories, an idea began to shape itself.

Descent is only about a page long, sometimes more depending on what font I put it in It's a first-person POV ficlet, probably even more along the lines of a drabble. It even as an accompanying illustration, lovingly provided by my sister.

It's very dark and demanding and bitter. It's not a happy story, by any means, and yes, it is confusing. It is meant to be that way. I prefer the reader to draw their own interpretation.

It tells the story of a girl, obviously outcast to her village for some reason. She lives with her "Onna" on the edge of town, and she asks herself what is the purpose of her life? Why is she living? What is the point when she will die? She talks about how the hate begins slowly inside of her -- with the first cruel taunt -- and how it grows like a poison, swimming in her veins. She talks about how she is feared for no reason... until she gives them a reason to fear. And then her Onna wonders why she can't hear the children playing anymore, but the voice of the story gives her Onna no answer.

It's a very descriptive piece. I'm fond of Descent because I love the way I described things and how visual it is. In less than five-hundred words I managed to paint a perfect picture of the two characters and the society that surrounds them.

I have considered expanding it at some point, but haven't yet managed to do so. An idea sufficient enough to cover what I feel this story deserves hasn't yet emerged. I'm sure it will, with time.

You can read "Descent" here at my original fiction site.

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In the effort to continue making myself a presence here, I've started back my fic reviews. Go me!

This time, I bring you a commentary on Fallen Angel, Fallen God, a fic that is really difficult to classify. Firstly, it's a novella. Standing at just over 30,000 words it's too long for a short story, but too short for a novel. It's a tragedy. It's a love story. It's slash with all the erotica that implies. But it's also an interesting look into the human condition.

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Walking Delusions is the result of writing without an outline, without direction, depending entirely upon muses, and the whims of an emotional rollercoaster. I started it in the middle of a fight with depression, and used my emotions to fuel the writing. It is acerbic and dark, with no boundaries. There is sex and death, questions about existence, wandering between reality and fantasy, and a dubious ending. It doesn't apologize and it doesn't ask for understanding. And despite it's less than coherent arrangement, and lack of professional effort, it remains one of my more popular stories. I'll never understand that.
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Aftermath

May. 29th, 2009 01:46 pm
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Here I am, trying to get back on track with my fic reviews. This time it's another original fiction. Semi-complete, Aftermath was my entry for the NaNoWriMo 2008. I was supposed to reach 50K by the end of the month of November. Instead, I reached 65K by the 15th. I'm pretty proud of that. To me, the plot behind Aftermath is one of the best I have ever come up with, and I plan to enter it into a contest once I go back and edit and rewrite several chapters of it. Including adding new scenes.
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Phew. Barely made it in time. Work sucks, lemme tell you.

But on to the fiction.

Today I bring you Prisoner of Conscience, the first in a two-part series loosely titled "Erland" after the main character. The second book -- Best Intentions -- will be discussed in a future post.

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Ah, I missed yesterday. That's okay. I suppose I can't make it everyday.

In any case, this day I bring you The Requiem of Janus, a slashy original fiction of mine. Currently complete, though not in posting, and going through a massive editing so that I can hopefully get it published. I need to cut out a massive number of words however. It's presently at 155K which is a big deal less than 185K it finished at. So difficult to find what I need to cut. I plan to rip out at least 30K more so that means one of my side-plots, possibly two, is getting the axe. If only I could figure out which ones.

It's my first finished slashy/homoerotic novel and I'm quite proud of it. Angsty and bittersweet and romantic, it has a special place in my heart.

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Monster

May. 14th, 2009 02:49 pm
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So I thought about what I could do with this livejournal. And figured, hell, it really doesn't matter. I really do need a writing blog, so why don't I just go ahead and do it.

There ya go. That's my plan. Every day (that I remember) will feature me talking about one of my stories, finished or not. I'll try and alternate between fanfiction and original fiction. There may or may not be spoilers. I will try and make them if there are. What better way to break my writer's block than to try and reason out one of my fics? Sounds like fun to me!

I really need a writing icon.

So today I bring you Monster, the first complete original fiction that I ever wrote. It is, by consequence, a short story, and strangely enough, remarkably similar to The Village, a movie by M. Night Shlayaman, though there are marked differences. Especially since I hadn't even seen the movie at the time of writing it. It was only later, after watching the film, that I could see the similarities.
 

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Fic Reviews and Commentary

By Nicole Wilkinson

The Requiem of Janus
Novel-Length
Genre: M/M Romance Political Fantasy

Monster
Short Story
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Horror

Prisoner of Conscience
Novel
Genre: Fantasy

Aftermath
Novel
Genre: Fantasy

Walking Delusions

Novel
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror

Fallen Angel, Fallen God
Short Story
Genre: M/M Romance, Horror, Fantasy

Descent
Ficlet
Genre: Fantasy, Horror

The Devil's Wife
Short Story
Genre: Fantasy, Humor

A Thousand Words
Short Story Anthology
Genre: Romance

Infinity's End: Edge of Tomorrow
Novel
Genre: Romance, Fantasy

The Seeker
Novel
Genre: Fantasy, Action Adventure


By Other Authors

Blind Desire
by ID Locke
Novel
Genre: m/m erotic romance, fantasy

Ermine and Bougainvillea
by ID Locke
Novel
Genre: m/m erotic romance, fantasy

Home Fires Burning
by Nancy M. Griffis
Short Story
Genre: m/m romance
 

 

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