I was so scared in that last chapter of COFT that the strange shapeshifter was Mikkel and he got killed then I realized, "Wait, Mikkel is a Reader not a shapeshifter" then I also realized, "WAIT, I don't even like Mikkel". And then it hit me. I do like him. GREAT PIA.
Okay, I have a fairly slow internet connection right now but I’m going to attempt to reply to this (wish me luck!) (I also don’t have access to my gifs, boo, because if I did I would totally have some kind of happy dancing.gif going).
But YAY YOU LIKE HIM. He’s so deeply aggravating but I already have a special place in my writerly heart for Mikkel. It’s great seeing him alongside a more hostile Gwyn who’s under no obligation to really be nice to him (Gwyn plays nice with a lot of others, so seeing him be like ‘oh man fuck you’ with Mikkel makes me happy), and he gets some of the best lines, the little shit.
No Mikkel for another few chapters now (too much happening in Gwyn’s life in preparation / lead up to the Triumphal Entry), but after that he joins the cast at least once every 2/3 chapters? So yeah, be interesting to see how many more people end up liking him! He’s ended up with a fairly unexpected, small, dedicated group of folks who are like ‘yeah Mikkel!’ I’m in the group with a little placard or something I swear. :D
I just finished reading both volumes of The Captive Prince and I love them. They make me think of Gwyn and Augus a little, though.
Oh yeah, the dynamic between types of characters similar to Gwyn/Augus, Thor/Loki, Laurent/Damen, Caled/Hadrian, Calyx/Black, Fool/Fitz, Raistlyn/Caramon and countless others is a character pairing trope popularised in pulp fantasy, erotica and other genres for decades.
I’ve made no secret that the above dynamic (and specifically some of these character pairings) have influenced Gwyn/Augus. :D It’s awesome to be participating in a long line of hundreds of characters troped in a similar way, and finding ways I can sometimes subvert that, and finding ways where I follow the formula. Wander vaguely into the annals of m/m slave/captor erotica and the amount of pairings similar multiplies exponentially.
People love this kind of dynamic (i.e. the stronger ‘warrior’ emotionally illiterate one - often a top (when eroticised), contrasted against the fey, lithe, intellectually brilliant but more likely to repress or hide emotional issues - often a bottom and resistant to boot *cough*uke/seme*cough*), and it’s not hard to see why. But yeah, if you got the recommendation for the Captive Prince from one of my posts - it was probably one of the many where I say in the same post that C. S. Pacat’s writing, along with many other similar authors, has influenced my own. :D
(Glen just asked me to explain this to him in a way that made sense to him and I said ‘the Emperor’s New Groove but eroticised’ (Pacha / Llamaface) - the fact that Glen UNDERSTOOD that disturbs me).
*breathes heavily* I am a huge fan O_O ( not in a creepy way though more in a yelling because I get to talk to you way)
It can be in a creepy way, lol. *grins*
Thank you though! It’s awesome that you’re enjoying the writing and hopefully I can keep putting stuff out there that you enjoy in the future! *offers you chocolate* I don’t know why I just assume most people like chocolate. *offers you buffet with food you really enjoy*
Do you know of, or would you be willing to create, a quiz on whether you would be seelie or unseelie and/or what your centre would be? Because that would be so awesome!
I don’t know of any pre-existing quizzes - and pre-existing ones would probably be tied into other series and novel franchises by other authors.
But if anyone was interested in making one, I thought I’d put this out there!
I’ve been writing the ‘laws’ of the Seelie and Unseelie Court lately (it’s relevant, Gwyn will be saying the Unseelie ones during his Triumphal Entry if I can fit it into the chapter) - so if anyone wants to wait until they come out; that’s cool too.
As for one’s heartsong/core, that can be just about anything at all! But it’d be interesting quiz material. :)
I totally love In the Darkness we rise and Into Shadow we fall! ♥️ Wonderful job 💙
Oh my goodness thank you so much. *hugs* Really glad you enjoyed the series! It was an utter beast to write, but I kind of miss the days when I was putting up weekly updates and kind of silently laugh-crying about how much I was putting them through. <3
Sooo, I wanted to draw a young Gwyn and there he is, in a forest, away from his family with some random bird. And for the moment actually happy.
Character belongs to the awesome Pia.
*rolls around* HAPPY GWYYYYYYYN eeeeeeeeeeeee!
Is there a Gwyn/Augus endgame to your works? (say yes)
I can’t really directly answer this (I totally can), but what I will say is this:
In long-term / large-wordcount literature I have a very reliable track record of always writing towards a happy or hopeful ending.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t put them through hell in the meantime.
imagine your OTP having lazy saturday morning sex, eyes half open, early-morning sun washing across the bed, sheets tangled around their legs. it’s nothing too intense, warmth and messy tenderness, faces buried into each other’s necks and pleasure shivering down their spines
#one day i’m gonna write it for gwyn and augus i swear
One day, when I’ve like gotten some of the projects out of the way, I’ll do this. I need fluff too.
Just really not as often as the average person, lol.