Evelyn Chartres Author
Evelyn Chartres – Page 58 – Author (Nom de Plume)

On the Dimension of Characters and Worlds

I came across a blog entry from Stephanie Wood which spoke to me and became curious to see how many others would agree or disagree with the author.

For one, I tend to write worlds that have 3D characters in a 2D world. This means that my characters’ thoughts and emotions dominate the narrative, whereas the world I describe is mostly nameless. In the Portrait the city my characters inhabit is simply referred to as the City. I throw in a few breadcrumbs to identify them.

I know a lot of people seem to prefer the reverse, something I noticed that the Lord of the Rings had in kind. He would spend pages describing places, structures and their history. However, he comparatively glossed over the characters.

I certainly agree that there is room for both (and other writing styles). I was just curious to see what others thought about it!

Another Revision of Ethereal Nights

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I have completed my second review of Ethereal Nights. In this chapter a flapper wakes up in the Grand with no memory on how she got there.

There were 111 modifications made to this 9 page chapter leading to a 50% reduction in changes when compared with revision two. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad have the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, so please feel free to make use of this capability.

Maple Syrup Cake

Maple syrup is an institution in Québec and throughout the years it became a symbol of all things Canadian.  This cake is made from maple syrup, creating a moist and spongy cake that can be served by itself, with whipped cream or an optional glaze.

Ingredients

Maple Syrup Cake Mix

  • 1 and ⅔ cups (395 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons (25 ml) of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of (1.25 ml) of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of melted butter
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of maple syrup
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of water
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of vanilla

Maple Syrup Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of maple syrup
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of confectioners or icing sugar

Preparation

Maple Syrup Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Mix then set aside.
  3. Mix melted butter, brown sugar and eggs together.
  4. Add maple syrup, water and vanilla then stir contents.
  5. Incorporate dry ingredients from step 2 then mix until you have a creamy finish.
  6. Place in a greased 8 inch (20 cm) cake pan.  Place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Set aside and let cool for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from pan, prepare maple syrup glaze.

Maple Syrup Glaze

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan then whisk in maple syrup.
  2. Gradually whisk in sugar until sugar is melted.
  3. Remove from heat and pour over the cake.  Allow glaze to harden before serving.

Another Revision of the Van Helsing Paradox

The Van Helsing Paradox available on:
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I have completed my third review of The Van Helsing Paradox. This chapter explores what happens when a hunter walks through the doors of the Grand in pursuit of prey.

There were 344 modifications made to this 25 page chapter leading to a 54% reduction in changes when compared with revision two. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad have the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, so please feel free to make use of this capability.

Another Revision of Siamese Dreams

Siamese Dreams available on:
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I have completed my third review of Siamese Dreams. This chapter follows the tale Morris Little, a travelling salesman who finds he is stuck on a woman with feline grace.

There were 161 modifications made to this 12 page chapter leading to an impressive 56% reduction in changes when compared with revision two. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad have the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, so please feel free to make use of this capability.