Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBT+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Author: Ashe Elton Parker

Big Epiphany for DH 4-9

I have had a BIG epiphany for books 4-9 of the Discordant Harmonies series. Yes, the books whose first volume is set to begin posting in June. First, some background.

Way back in 2012, when I started writing book 1, I had my friend Jennifer Amriss help me go through and develop titles for the series. Originally, I had the overall series title, Discordant Harmonies and three subseries titles: The Power of Music for books 1-3, A Life of Note for books 4-6, and Melodies of War for books 7-9. Book 1 was, as it is here, A Pitch of the Scale, a change from the “satisfactory” working title of Unsought Gifts. Book 2 is Severe Notes, book 3 Measure of Resistance, book 4 Antiphons, Book 5 Counterpoints, Book 6 Without Measure, book 7 Echoes, book 8 Cacophony Within, and book 9 To the End. In case you can’t see the theme, we basically opened up the Music Terminology Page at Wikipedia and drew up titles from it, mainly because it involves how music changes the magic on the world of Chraest.

Well, a few months ago, when I contracted for the covers of books 1-3, the artist who I hired to do it expressed some confusion over the titles, and when I explained what they were for, suggested I streamline them all. After some thought, I decided to scrap the subseries titles and just call the books the Discordant Harmonies series. With 9 books planned, I realized I didn’t want to confuse readers as the cover artist had been confused. While I sort of hated to give up the subseries titles, I understood the reasoning behind doing so, and mostly accepted the need, though I will admit to some lingering desire to use them.

This epiphany changed that feeling. I can’t get into details here, ’cause spoilers, but, boy, was it a whammy. It’s going to change things in books 4-9 in some ways quite drastically. This will move what was originally a climax for for the second subseries in book 6 to somewhere into book 8 or 9. It’s going to draw out conflicts for Asthané, allow Géta some time to grow and mature enough to face the challenges he’ll have in latter books, and make the progression of things for both characters more reasonable and much less rushed. Oh, and it’ll more than likely require the reorganization of the titles, and perhaps even the development of new ones.

What else this means is that I need to beef up the conflicts they’ll meet in the interim. Now I know why I’ve been thinking Asthané needs a better External Conflict. It means Géta needs better External Conflicts as well. Much as I’d like to keep the strict delineation of “subseries 2” from “subseries 3″, I honestly don’t think this will turn out to be possible. The original plot progression allowed for this, but I just don’t see how any more.

And this epiphany wouldn’t have been possible if the cover artist hadn’t convinced me to tear off some of the ‘boxes” I’d put around the different parts of my story about Asthané and Géta. So, special thanks to J.A. Marlow!

(Part of) Reorienting AEP, Pt. 3

I’ve done quite a bit of work of reorganizing the site since the 7th. Since I’m in the middle of a writing downswing, and I wanted something creative do, and the mood struck, I’ve been fiddling with the site. I’ve reorganized my “Published” section and moved my Cancer Posts to a new place there. I may reorganize things there again later, but that largely depends on whether or not I ever get to a point where I can pay publish my writing. One thing you will notice under the “Publish” section is a Wattpad submenu. That’s going to be important here later on. Any series of at least 3 books I’ll be posting only the first book of here on AEP. Latter books will go up on Wattpad. If I’m able to pay pub my books in the future, I’ll more than likely take all but the first off of Wattpad, but for now, I’ll be posting any other series books, standalones, and duologies on Wattpad.

One thing I figured out how to do was add a “Home” link to the top menu as well. It was a pretty simple matter.

I noticed my contact form died in the move from WordPress, so I replaced the coding text with a new actual contact form. Still learning the ins and outs of the contact form, so all fields are required. Just haven’t felt like experimenting with it yet. I’ll explore its different qualities and aspects later on.

Another thing I’m doing is considering a new posting schedule. I do know story stuff will go up fairly regularly as long as I have something to post. I plan on having that on a specific day of the week, possibly Tuesday or Friday. Getting back into posting writing news and such here regularly feels like a good idea right now too, so I’m going to assign either Tuesday or Friday (whichever day I’m not posting story stuff) to such posts, so there will be at least one regular post going up each week regardless of whether or not there’s a bit of story to be posted.

Before I start doing that, though, I need to finish filling in my sidebar. I need to recreate my links menus and do a few other things. Still trying to decide what sorts of things I want to put in my links menus. Also going to figure out where to put my tags and such, and what style I want them to be in (cloud or list).

(Part of) Reorienting AEP, Pt. 2

Well, my domain name and site are moved. This was a somewhat spur-of-the-moment decision I made about the middle of last month. I’d actually been considering moving my site to an independent host (previously, it was hosted by WordPress) for a few months. Pretty much since January, in fact. The task seemed daunting, however, and I didn’t know where to begin.

Round about the middle of April, I got into a conversation with one of my writer friends about a plugin when she mentioned using it to organize the chapters of a book she’d posted on her site for free. Over the course of that discussion, she linked me to the plugin’s site, and I spent a good hour or so looking for the place to add the plugin to my site’s backend. Ultimately, we realized we were essentially discussing two different versions of WordPress—hers programming she’d used for her site, mine the actual WordPress site.

Since I’d long wanted to find a way to move my Cancer Posts page to a setup like she had with her book’s chapters, and this plugin was for chaptering things out (among other things), I decided I had to move my site to an independent host because there was no way I could use this plugin on a site hosted by WordPress. As of this post, my domain name is with Namecheap and my site is hosted by JaguarPC (I’ll see about adding links to them and affiliate stuff at a later date; still figuring things out).

Opportunity permitting, I’ll be spending a fair amount of this month figuring things out with this new setup (using the WordPress UI, so it shouldn’t be too difficult, I hope). So, for May, I’m hoping to reorganize my Cancer post links and return my site to what it used to look like, with the sidebar on the right. I’ll work on getting a “Home” button on the top of the page, too, but for now, if you visit any other pages, just click on my name in the header box, and it’ll bring you to the homepage.

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