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.

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.

Pantser vs. Plotter—While A Shapeshifter, Cyborg, & Wisp is the novel I take on as a "plotter"—with careful outlines, note-taking, and intention—Emergence No. 7 is the yin of my yang, plunging into darkness as unknown to me as my audience.

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!

Routine—Before I work on Emergence No. 7, I lean into a routine meant to replace my usual outline process.

20-60minwatch YouTube videos on the technological singularity, artificial intelligence, black holes, telescopes, intergalactic travel, the Fermi's paradox, consciousness, and/or geometry;

20-60minread articles about the aforementioned the topics;

20-60minblog, update social media, or participate in comments sections from the aforementioned YouTube videos and articles to warm up my writing voice.

Because of this ritualistic (vs. plotted) approach, Emergence No. 7 is a wild display of the current issues circling through my head; which makes it a little rougher on the edges, and subjected to more radical bouts of edits, as I try to polish the points of tension, character development, and layout of plot.

But it'll polish and shine. Diamonds-in-the-rough just take time. I expect I'll finish this project at the end of the year, during winter break.

I'm a college professor, so I get a huge chunk of time off at the end of the year.

Characters—All the chapters in Emergence No. 7 start with the name of the first-person speaker.

Portraits are also included to help visual-based readers who'd otherwise get lost. While the text is often expected to standalone support the reader's experience, I've found many readers appreciate visual cues.

And I grew up in a learning disorder household, so I'm a champion of visual storytelling and learning methods.

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, where I pretend to act neurotypical to fit in.

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.

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 18

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First Draft: August 18

Second & Third Drafts: September 18

Word Count: second 1189 / third 677

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