Tides of News!

Hello and greetings to you all, my Raga-rootlings!

I have some cool announcements that I am excited to bring! First I would like to say thank you to the supporters who have been encouraging me. It’s been fueling me to continue and gives me much joy. I’ve been hard at work trying to continue to write on Darkness Succumbs and finally getting the ball rolling as I spit out chapters 12 and 13. It took a while to get back into the swing of things, so it will be a while before it is edited. I figure being able to just complete the last few chapters to get to the end was more important than flushing out the spelling and grammatical errors.

I also have finally gotten a few chapters of Beauty and the Nerd ready to start posting for the new year! I will be starting off with posting twice a month for the next 3 months to get it started! In between, I may do a few short stories to keep it from having too much of a lull before my classes start up again for university. We will see how things flow for the new course load before I make any adjustments to the posting schedule so as to not burn myself out. Either way, I am excited to finally start sharing the story I have been boasting about for the last few months. I hope my Christmas special gave a good flavour to how it’s going to be and really can’t wait to hear from you all!

Last on my roster of announcements is the new contest I am hosting! To help bring some people to the blog and encourage subscriptions, I will be creating a custom character of a Turnip for a lucky winner! Right beside my Turnip, you will have space on the front page for everyone to see your personalized character! The rules are pretty simple and with each benchmark, you will be able to have a chance to win up to 5 times. So if you don’t win, it’s ok! You will have another chance. Look out for future chances to add an extra name to the draw as I will be making a cool little contest for anyone who wants to part take. For now, the first benchmark is to make 25 subscribers. So if you are interested, check out the Hall of Fame page on my website and subscribe! This contest is through that website only, and not for wordpress. Do if you want to participate you will need to follow the link. Also, if you have any questions at all about the contest or rules, you can send me a message any time through the contacts page or Email me directly at TuranTurnip@gmail.com. I also will take any suggestions or idea’s if you think there would be something cool you want me to try.

Well, that was it for the announcements. I know it wasn’t much since I’ve been plugging away at writing and editing. I am super excited for what’s to come in the new year and I hope you all are too! Let’s get this Raga-rootling army growing and see who wins the first turnip drawing!

See you next week!

Turan Turnip

The fore ground of a shadow..

Hey Raga-rootlings, sorry to keep you waiting!

So the last few days have been a little busy. I started a TESL certification class last year and because of Covid, it was deferred. I was able to start it up again in September and just finished my last class this week. I was hoping to have a story ready to post but may need to delay it a little longer before I can post it. 

So in the meantime, I thought I would share some more thoughts. I have been thinking about stories and ideas, and something reminded me of a story I wrote back in school. Back during grade 9 PAT’s, I remember that we had to write a story based on a picture prompt. Being a very creative kid, I loved this kind of thing and was excited that we were able to just go nuts and write. The picture was of an old house, nothing special. My little mind was racing as I knew exactly what I wanted to write: a horror. Thrilled by the sudden idea of what I wanted, I remember writing about a woman who was on a plane ride. She was heading to the location of the house and that her mission was to investigate it as weird suspicious activity was happening there.  The plane was going through a bout of turbulence to foreshadow the heavy dependence on technology and how it could fail us at any time. 

Now, a little insight, I am a huge fanatic for the use of constant foreshadowing. Not just giving the twist away, but good use of simple and subtle points of what was to come. I can’t pinpoint exactly where this influence came from since there were so many things back then that I would read and watch, but I knew that it was something I was super obsessed about.  During the story, I wrote about the house and her investigation and right at the end, I left a huge cliffhanger once the light went out.  I don’t remember what else that exam was about or what I had to do after, all I do remember was sitting back with a giant grin on my face and a sense of accomplishment. Time went on and I thought nothing of it when one day I got a letter from the PAT results. That story I wrote placed me in the top 10 highest marks in the province and the person in charge at that time had written a letter to congratulate me for a job well done. I had no idea what that really meant at the time, but now looking back I realized I was passionate about writing and should have never stopped. 

I did debate for a while if I should share the whole story, but because I remember the details of that short story, I decided it would be cool to rewrite the story. It won’t be the same as obviously, that was several years ago, however, I can recreate it as closely as I possibly can with the same foreshadowing since it was what I loved so much about it. This also inspired me to make a few impromptu shorts where I will use as much foreshadowing as possible. I might even make this a marathon for a month. “The Time of Shadow!” is what I might call it. Such the idea’s I now have…

This does bring up a question I have for you guys, too. What was your favorite story where the foreshadowing was so good? Are you a fan of the prevalent use of foreshadowing? Let me know in the comments below! 

And with that, I think I will close the blog for now. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and hope to see you soon! Take care and be safe Raga-rootlings!

Turun Turnip

Current thoughts and plans

Now that I have started the ball rolling, I think talking about recent stories I have going might be a good starter topic. I had to think a little about what I wanted to talk about in my posts, and trust me; there are several things I could and can speak about ranting from current reads to video games that take up all my time. Like for instance, I have been reading a lot of yuri genres lately, and one has captured my love. It makes me giggle like a silly school girl. It’s called “Citrus” by Saburouta, and I am absolutely in love with it. The storyline is excellent, the artistry is brilliant, and there has been an anime released. If you have not heard of it and Japanese manga or anime is your thing, give it a try!

Returning to the original topic, I have been currently writing several ongoing stories to give a brief explanation. That way, when I do start posting them in the future, you can check them out and give it a go. I don’t know if authors stay in a specific genre at all, but since I am still learning, there will be several areas I will bounce between until I am comfortable. Writing suspenseful thrillers have been a little more jive lately; however, I do have a yuri story that I will go into first since it is at the foremost part of my brain.

I started an ongoing story called “Beauty and the Nerd.” It isn’t much of a creative title, yet it had made me chuckle. Now, I am a massive fan of mangas and originally wanted to spend time drawing and learning how to make my own. It turns out I am more artistic with words than I am with drawings, so I decided to attempt to write it out instead. Several different stories across different artists inspired it, so it would be hard to say who was the original inspiration. Knowing what it’s based off, anyone reading it might be able to spot the feel I might have been going for since I was trying to write it in a way that if I decided to draw it, it would be easy to envision. Also, I will mention that it is my first actual continuation from my shorts, so it is very raw and may have a ton of mistakes and errors. 

The plot is primarily about two girls (if it wasn’t clear from mentioning yuri, meaning girls who love girls) and how they start to fall in love. The first girl I introduce is Yuru, who is a cheerful and popular girl. She notices a quiet girl who seems shy and is the nerdy type. Being a social butterfly, it bothers her how alone the girl appears, watching her from afar. As she is watching the quiet girl whom she doesn’t know the name of, Yuru’s friends berate her and introduce the girl as Colby. I know this is a common trope in Japanese anime and mangas, and because of my own experiences, this made for an easy first-time book. Understanding how both the girls would feel about the other, I excitedly wanted to see how well this would go.

Not wanting to ruin this story’s experience, I won’t go any further. The other ongoing writing I will talk about is one that I have a higher likeliness of taking to publish as a full book. The biggest issue I have with this one is the type of genre that I am writing it as. The story is called “Darkness Succumbs.” It’s about a detective who deals with murder cases. Adrian is a loner type who doesn’t play well with others. She keeps herself secluded as she often avoids working with her partner Savio. Adrian starts a case in which is unlike any she had come across with her old partner.  Two bodies turn up with shredded faces and a missing ear. As she continues investigating the mystery, supernatural occurrences keep happening to her as she starts to rely on Savio to help her figure out what is going on. 

This story is very sexually heavy and might not be a story to share first. Eventually, and depending on how much popularity grows, I may start posting NSFW stories and content, but for now, all I can do is talk about it and what my concerns are. The first one being, as already stated, it is considered “smut.” The second is that it’s not only smut but a horror/thriller mixed with the supernatural. I know that this could be common, but since I have not been fortunate in reading much of this type of book, it makes me quite nervous about publishing it. Although this is my concern, I still want to do my best and finish writing it. I already have ideas for a second book for when I complete it. 

Darkness succumbs initially is based on a nightmare that I had. When I originally started writing it out, my thoughts turned from describing it to storyboard mode, and ideas just kept coming. I had pre-written a whole story in limited detail that went on for pages. I laugh quite a bit at it now as I remember while I was going through it as I started writing being like, “What the hell did I think when I wrote this?” Or like, “Why did I make that point so vague?!” I have a third story where I started and did the same thing where I pre-wrote the whole thing out. However, I left out substantial story details and skipped chunks. It was like past me was like, “Yeah, I don’t need to write this out, I already know how it will go!” and future me is so mad. I want to reach out and clobber my way of thinking, yet as if I still haven’t learned from my past transgressions, I still do it to this day. *Sigh*

Anyways, thanks for reading! Since I am still working on a few stories to work out kinks and grammar, I won’t be posting a short story for a while yet. I also will be working on a schedule and post for everyone to see for when the next one will come out. As much as I want to share everything I have in one go, I think a good habit of getting into a post once a week. One week might be a short story, while the other will be an ongoing one. If you also have any suggestions between big posts, let me know in the comments below!

Until next time my Raga-rootlings, See you later!