Will Victorious Maiden be completed?

As I’m sure some of you are aware, artists tend to want to be around other artists. I’ve never really considered myself an artist. I can’t draw worth a [crap]. Other typically “artisty” things like sculpting elude me. But, I need to embrace the artist moniker because writing is art. My wife is more of what I’d consider an artist – specifically she loves drawing cartoons. Now, my eleven year old daughter, may just be the most artsy-fartsy person in my household. She loves to draw anime fantasy characters:

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About two years ago, I took a stab at writing a young adult novel. It’s something I’ve never been able to do, and I like to challenge myself. When I finished what I like to call the “vomit draft,” (that’s where you just barf the words onto the page,) I put it away to percolate for a month or two. When I came back to it, I realized that I didn’t have a finished novel; I had the beginnings to three novels in a trilogy. After breaking out the individual storylines and seeing what I had, I realized that the one that was the most done only had about 18k words written. I shelved the project (that shelf is getting full!) and worked on other things.

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What will some day be the first book in the trilogy, Victorious Maiden, has the young female protagonists. They’re all strong-willed, and skilled with a particular weapon since this is a fantasy world and everyone has to defend themselves against baddies. My daughter drew the illustration above to represent those three protagonists. She wants me to finish the story so I can include her art. I’m pretty busy with other projects, and I’m a sucker for attention and/or praise. I’m hoping to gather the motivation to want to return to the project. Please take a moment to read and comment of the first Victorious Maiden story. Hopefully, your comments will inspire me to continue.

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That’s another piece of anime fantasy art from my talented daughter. Anyway, Here are the links to all the parts:

01 – Heaven’s Sight
02 – Stave of Wrath
03 – The Falls of Dawn
04 – Betrayals and Beginnings
05 – Disclosures and Decisions
06 – Sleepless Nights
07 – Here Comes the Sun
08 – Superfluous Spear
09 – Fidelity Demands
10 – Before Oblivion
11 – Spend Eternity With Me
12 – Discovery
13 – Spirits Guide Us
14 – Cacophony of Crows
15 – Dawn Road Danger
16 – Sleep of Ages
17 – Muffled Silence
18 – Domain of Men
19 – Negotiations

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About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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