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November 1, 2017
Posted at 12:03 am

It's been four year since I started posting TABA. And it's still going! I am forever grateful to those who've read and sent me comments. Thank you!

I finally took the plunge and made myself an author FaceBook page. I value my anonymity - I'd prefer to keep my private life private - but would like something that allows me to interact with my readers.

So if anyone would like, come find me on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/ElyssaCousland/

Chronological timeline

January 9, 2015
Posted at 3:54 pm

I was asked by a reader to post a blog stating the order in which the stories in the Dragon Age Universe are meant to be read.

It's a hard question to answer, because some of them follow the same timeline, and some don't.

Essentially, 'Scenes', 'Leliana' and 'Double Trouble' follow the same timeline and group of people, but 'Leliana' takes place in the middle of 'Scenes' and 'Double Trouble' is at the end. Any of them can be read alone, if you have any knowledge of the game, as they don't change the canon, just flesh it out a bit.

'I'm not here for love' is a separate timeline - the same game, but a different Warden. Follows the timeline of the game "Dragon Age: Origins" but ignores all the other material in the franchise - the books and other games.

'Politics' is a stand-alone of an Alternate Universe - again, same game, but a 'what if' scenario that couldn't have happened in game.

'There and Back', my current epic, is a retelling of the same game from the point of view of an Original Character who falls into the world from modern day Earth, and dramatically changes the outcome.

So I wouldn't consider these a series, more a group of separate stories all inspired by the same game. If you're not familiar with the game, the epilogue of "There and Back" has a very long, convoluted, sort of dull walk-through of the game events for Origins. I wrote it on request from some readers, but it's...dry. You've been warned.

Oghren troubles

September 28, 2014
Posted at 9:52 pm
Updated: September 28, 2014 - 9:52 pm

I've been getting some messages lately asking me why I never update my blog. So...here I am. I've never been a big blogger - pretty much only say anything when I really have something relevant to say...but yeah.

I admit to having a bit of writer's block over the last couple of weeks. Some personal stress has really gotten in the way of my writing. That's not unusual for me - taking a nine year hiatus has happened before, after all, but it's not in my plan. This is why, for this story, I am dozens of chapters ahead in writing. Well, for this, and because I forget details which keep requiring massive rewrites...so I'm in no danger of catching up on posting, but I still desperately need to get writing again.

One of my biggest stumbling blocks at the moment is trying to get myself inside Oghren's head. I just cannot figure out how to balance crude and drunk with sometimes insightful and compassionate, and I definitely can't get his language right. Every time I write 'nug-humper' I just cringe.

Anyone with insight into playing Oghren to character...I'd be open to ideas, let me tell you. I know what I want to have happen in the story, but I just don't know how to get there if I have to talk to Oghren...

Oh my gosh!

January 29, 2014
Posted at 11:08 am

I was reading through the nominees for the Clitorides awards - some amazing reading, if you haven't looked - but was absolutely gobsmacked to discover someone had nominated "It's not the size that counts".

I don't imagine I'll get into the finalists, but it's an enormous honour just to be nominated. To whoever thought my story worth nominating - Thank you! And to everyone else - go read the nominees. They're amazing.

Chapter 6 of size

June 27, 2013
Posted at 3:15 pm

We are up to chapter 6 now. I'll post 7 sometime on the weekend. Hope everyone is enjoying it! Send me a note and let me know, would you?