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8th Jun 2013, 9:39 AM

inhonoredglory

Genesis of a Story

Something I thought I'd share with you all. Today is the day this webnovel began. June 8, 2012, with the random, uncontexted image which inspired me and my sister to create some kind of backstory to explain it...

As  I said on my deviantArt post of this image,

So... exactly a year ago today, I drew this picture, inspired by random conversations with my sister: about the slavemarking that we heard the books had (we hadn't read the books then), moral dilemmas, and what if Hiccup had to choose between saving his father and going to war? We'd just learned about the "Heather" who was causing rumors and waves in the fandom since she was just a leaked character from the much-anticipated HTTYD TV show spinoff. She was supposed to be a villain of sorts so I thought, how villainous?

That's how the drawing came out, and how my sister and I were entranced by it -- how young the characters were, how determined Heather was to kill, and how vulnerable poor Hiccup seemed here in his room.

The following days we non-stop talked about a sequel to this picture, and an explanation for it. The next day it grew into a full-fledged novel outline, which though so different from the outline and the actual plotline of the novel now, still contains a few of the basic landmarks we dreamed up a year ago. We wanted to challenge each major relationship in HTTYD, and we wanted to do everything that we hoped the HTTYD sequel itself would have. We imagined it as our "movie" and even the first writings of it reflected that vision, as it was more script and less novel in feel.

8th May 2013, 1:21 AM

inhonoredglory

Read it on your iPad!! Whoooo!

Readers! Exciting, unexpected news here. A reader on our deviantArt page was trying to format our whole novel into an ePub file format for his Kindle, from a Word document. But because I own Adobe inDesign I had the capability to create a niftier version of our novel, illustrations and all! So, I was half-helping him and half-exploring new tech skills. Making an eBook is heaps of fun, and I hope the e-reader friendly version of this story makes it easier to get through the word count. cheeky It's weird to see our story on the iPad, I really don't think it's half-worthy to be in such a gorgeous format, but anywho, it's still exciting, and I hope people can enjoy it!

Here's the download link from Google Docs. Don't mind the page which warns about Google's inability to scan for viruses. It's a safe file. smiley

14th Mar 2013, 11:51 PM

inhonoredglory

Riders of Berk: We Are Family

 

Guys! In light of the recent Riders of Berk episode, my sister and I have decided to hold off a story update til after the final episode of this season. While we usually like to play it dangerous updating with recent RoB hints here and there in our new chapters, this time the fire is much too close. Riders of Berk: We Are Family has the same main plot as our current webnovel arc, and we think it's important that we see what canon makes of the situation before we interpret it in our own fanfiction.

In the meantime, we'll be catching up on stuff, watching the History Channel's Viking series (because we are so sorely lacking in historical skills LOL), and drawing and stuff. I might post a few of my HTTYD one-shots in the break. Anywho, hope y'all are having a great day!

By the way, if you haven't seen the latest heart-pounding episode, be sure to do so at my Database page on my Tumblr: inhonoredglory.tumblr.com/database

And thank you, all our readers, who've stayed with us this long. My sister and I really do appreciate your support for our little contribution to the HTTYD fanfiction world. :)

18th Feb 2013, 6:47 PM

inhonoredglory

Good News!

 

Hey loyal readers of HTTYD2: The Dragon Whisperer, one half of the two-part writing team here, with great news!

For a couple months last year I got a little burned out with this story. Between my sister and me, we'd written a whole novel's worth of words, and the idea itself was many months old already. I found it hard to come up with new ideas and my sister picked up my slack on much of the writing. But recently, I've rediscovered my connection to the story and I'm excited to start writing more and posting much more often and regularly (at least, that's the goal). I do know how we started this project with a rigorous schedule in mind, and I still want to aspire to that.

My accelerated classes bottle-necked some of my enthusiasm in the weeks in which I was in the mood for this story, but those classes are ending this week, and I have opted not to take any more classes next term (my terms are 8 weeks long), so I can focus on this story and on other responsibilities that I've let lag due to distractions and classes. This story is important to me personally, because my sister and I have planned so many deep and important things, such as moral challenges, adventure, and peril, and I want to give 100% to it. I realize I haven't been doing that lately, and I think the story may have suffered in pacing. I can't turn back the clock, but I can work harder from here on out for the rest of the story.

The next chapter is going to be the end of Act 2, and Act 3 will follow (there are 4 Acts in the story). Hopefully we can get that chapter up by the end of this week, when my schooling officially finishes. :D

4th Dec 2012, 11:20 AM

inhonoredglory

Another Announcement

If you're one of those loyal readers of the illustrated webnovel How to Train Your Dragon II: The Dragon Whisperer, then this announcement is for you:

I'd like to say sorry, first, for being a bit uneven with the updates. They're slowly spreading out to Tuesday and Wednesday. I think writer's block is hitting me (the one half of the writing team), and even under normal circumstances, the novel is gobbling up time I could have used for a number of things: looking at people's art on my deviantArt, getting on commissions, learning about animation, chilling with my sister. So to help alleviate some things, my sister and I decided on a new schedule.

Instead of every week, we're going to post every week and a half: something like Wednesdays and the next Saturday.

So I don't know if I can get a post on Wednesday this week, I have to see.

If you still love our story or want to continue reading or even dream of forgiving me for being so ridiculous with my muse, then you deserve a major glomp.