Preface ♦️ Character Cast

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Thank you for your interest in my story, Emergence No. 7, my first arcanepunk novel. It's currently being edited.

June 2019: I am coming back to this novel; I'm just trying to finish the first draft of A Shapeshifter, Cyborg, & Wisp first. Thank you for your interest, support, and patience.

Arcanepunk—BestFantasyBooks.com defines arcanepunk as, "Magic and science exist in the world simultaneously; they are two separate fields, but complement each other and are used together."

This is also sometimes called magepunk.

Except I may know what happens at the end. And I may know what I want to happen in the next chapter. But I never plan further ahead than that! 

Characters—All the chapters in Emergence No. 7 start with the name of the first-person speaker. If the chapter is written in third person, this is because I haven't edited it yet.

While Emergence No. 7 has many storytellers, the three main characters are as follows:

Setharia Rose McCrow

Seth is based on myself as a community college student, more than a decade ago

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Seth is based on myself as a community college student, more than a decade ago.

Seth's support characters are Hahn, Lord of Suns; Cella, Lady of Blues; Krelian, Cyber Necromancer; Lorelai, Cyber Lich; and Daffodilna, Ex-Headhunter.

Ovelia

Ovelia is based on my autistic self, living in the shadow of my neurotypical self (Aleria)

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Ovelia is based on my autistic self, living in the shadow of my neurotypical self (Aleria).

Ovelia's supporting characters are Alistar, Lord of Verdants; Lulu, Lady of Tangerians; July, Verdant Geometer; Ambrella, Verdant Astrologer; and Xander, Red Geometer.

Nalowei

Nalowei is based on my higher self—a better self

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Nalowei is based on my higher self—a better self. She represents what I am not. Where I am anxious, she is outgoing. Where I procrastinate, she's responsible.

Nalowei's support characters are Aleria, Lady of Violets; Macadera, Violet Crafter; Jet, Violet Illusionist; Elexus, Cyber-and-Violet Trickster; and Kara, Violet Sea Witch.

The last characters of significance—Lord Vay of Reds, and Chante, Violet Enchantress—follow their own drumbeat.

Why I Write—We write for various reasons; for me, the opportunity to try on the skin of fictional characters—in settings I build, just for them—is a cathartic release from my anxious life as an autistic woman.

Because autistic women are so skilled at acting like we're "normal" people—or I am, anyway; you meet one person with autism, you've met one person with autism—I rarely feel like my authentic self; I'm too busy being the person that's expected from me. This is called "masking" in the autistic world.

If You'd Like to Help—You're welcome to simply read and enjoy Emergence No. 7, but if you'd like to help, your stars (⭐) help other readers find this story; and your comments are also appreciated.

Shall we begin?

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First Draft: August 18Second & Third Drafts: September 18Word Count: 450

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First Draft: August 18
Second & Third Drafts: September 18
Word Count: 450

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