Let's do it. Ask me anything about the (Other) World

I haven’t done one of these in a while (mostly because it’s a big thing to take on).

You ask me, then I’ll ask you if I can think of something.

The (Other) World
Setting: Magical realism fantasy world inspired by the 1820s to 1850s of real-world countries
Major locations: Lwendolen, United Arcan, Iptaj
Species: Humans, a few demons and evil gods, angels (no one can see them)
Books written: 3
Featured characters: over 30 of them because omniscient
Interesting characters:

  • Fernando (a conniving mastermind businessman)

  • Richard (immortal assassin with a demon)

  • Charcoal (the demon, a prince)

  • Mallord (retired legendary detective)

  • Michael (detective’s son, kind of a dog whisperer)

  • Will (hair like burnt broccoli, gang leader, cult follower)

  • Mufakor (a seaman for illegal things. son of a rich noble. perhaps has psychic abilities? not sure)

You can literally ask me anything. The name of the world, the characters, setting, inspiration, my writing process, the lore, my favorite or least favorite whatever…anything you’d like to know or want me to say to have it on record :wink:


I haven’t read Perdido Street Station yet, but when you said 1820s-1850s it made me wonder: was that the inspiration for this book? And is your book steampunk? (=^ェ^=)

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I first began writing the first book in 2014. I didn’t know the existence of Perdido Street Station until a couple years ago.

Short answer: nope :stuck_out_tongue:

Inspiration actually comes from Russian classics, and Pere Goriot. There was this character in Pere Goriot that I liked. Conniving Victorian-Edwardian era characters…I wanted my own :wink:

Not steampunk. I did try steampunk with another book and failed :stuck_out_tongue: The books of the (Other) World keep to the tech of the eras they take inspiration from.

Do you have any steampunk stories or historical fantasy fiction?


Only one: a novel that takes place almost entirely on an airship in an alternate reality of earth. The main character has to flee to his own country after his parents are murdered by the Klan. ヽ(゚Д゚)ノ

I haven’t read Pere Goriot yet, but it’s on my kindle. Did you like it? Maybe I’ll move it up on my tbr. ( ˆ◡ˆ)۶ ٩(˘◡˘ )

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Can you make a list of each of the characters from weakest to strongest?


Oooooh, sounds exciting! :grin:

What’s your most favorite part of this story? It can be out of context.

Personally, yes. I read the one translated by Henry Reed during an English literature class. Years later, I went out of my way to find that same translation again. I just feel like Henry Reed did it justice. I did look at other translations, but, there are differences the closer to modern days the translation is. Instead of saying “woman” they might say “female”, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, I just feel like the story loses that historical 1820s vibe the more you modernize translations.

I fell in love with the setting, the characters, and the almost beautiful sense of despair. There are these incredibly descriptive sentences setting the stage in the beginning like when describing the smell of the lodging:

“A chilly commingling of the stuffy, the moldy, and the fusty, it is damp to the nostrils, and it penetrates the clothes; it evokes the staleness of rooms where people have just finished eating; it is the stink of sculleries, pantries, sickbeds.” (Honoré de Balzac, translated by Henry Reed)

I mean :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: it’s just wonderful. I need to use “commingling” somewhere. It’s such a good word. So, I adapted this style of writing in my own stories. Maybe the sentences don’t go on for this long, but I do go all in setting all the stages.

There’s also these descriptions of characters that almost poke fun at them because of the omniscient perspective. Russian classics do this, too. I also put this style into my stories when introducing characters :blush:

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Do you mean from the list of interesting characters, or all the characters that ever existed in the 3 books?

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Whatever is easiest for you.

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When the airship blows up, killing almost everyone on board. So much fun to write! __〆(..)


Let’s do strongest to weakest.

  • Charcoal: he’s a demon prince

  • Richard / Mallord: unbeknownst to them, they’re on the same level

  • Mufakor: Based on his pirate life

  • Fernando: He’s strong in terms of a businessman, manipulator type of way. Not necessarily physical strength

  • Michael: good kid, brave, but still a kid

  • Will: he’s a bad guy, but also a big coward

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That sounds pretty exciting :grin:

So, what’s the most dramatic scene you have ever written for any story ever?


Probably that one, where the ship blows up. What about you? And what was your most tearful scene? I don’t think I’ve ever written tearful, but I’m always curious about other writers. ¯\_(ﭢ)_/¯

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There’s this scene in Alive At Crepusculum (book one of Their Posthumous Lives duology) where Mallord and his son who were not speaking, come together again. I had half the scene focusing on Michael who locked himself in his room, terrified of what he’s gotten himself into. The other half shows Mallord calling to his son, but giving up when there’s no response. He says “I’m here if you need me.” and is about to leave.

But then Michael comes out of the room and dives into his father’s arms, apologizing and then Mallord apologizes, and then the wife comes out and everyone hugs :face_holding_back_tears:

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@NotARussianBot Who is your favorite character in the story you’re working on now?

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I’m too afraid of them becoming enraged if I go around picking favorites.


How about your least favorite? :wink:

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Picking least favorites is still in bad form.

Either way it’s just a shitpost of a fanficiton.

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What would you tell your characters if they came to life and came to visit you? What do you think they would want to talk about?

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Ever heard of the movie Tropic Thunder?

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I looked it up. Definitely haven’t heard of it.

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