Through A Cat’s Eyes – The Story of Kabize Vipertree

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Kabize Vipertree is a Tabaxi that lives in my D&D setting, Neuith. She tells her story through entries in her journal, so we get a window not only into her life, but into the world she lives in. As an outsider, she is discovering many things for the first time. Share in her journey as the world unfolds around her.

The following links go to the first page of each chapter. Most chapters have more than one journal entry.

Feel free to leave your comments. If you notice anything like a spelling or grammatical error, or have a suggestion on how to better word something, please don’t hesitate to tell me about it. While this is clearly a vanity project for me, I still want to improve my skills and the best way to do that is to be receptive to criticism and correction.

(March 19, 2019): It’s been almost a year since I’ve added anything to Kabize’s story. No real excuses except I haven’t been inspired to write. Well… the inspiration is back with a vengeance and I’ve started writing again. I finished chapter 17 and 18 and have started chapter 19. I have the next several chapters mapped (location-wise/time-wise) mapped. There’s a lot of work for me to do. HOWEVER… I went back and made a lot of revisions. I got some feedback and I realized I made a few MAJOR errors in my prior draft. I fixed them, but I haven’t reflected those fixes here yet.

Here’s what’s going to happen… Over the next few weeks, I’m going to blow away everything that’s here presently. Ugh. I’m then going to replace it, chapter-by-chapter, with the new content.

I have the following goals telling this story:

  1. Tell the story of Neuith, my game-world.
  2. Provide clues and hints for the players in my D&D campaigns.
  3. Tell a compelling story that…
    1. Every chapter contributes to the plot (thanks, David Brin)
    2. In every scene, I follow the advice of “Show, don’t tell” (thanks, Dennis Hensley)
    3. Every sentence is active, jumps off the page, and lives (thanks, Vonda McIntyre)
    4. Every named character (and even unnamed characters) are unique, relate-able, and have depth, and are not just stereotypes or archetypes (thanks, Terry Brooks)

Will I achieve these goals throughout? Probably not. With YOUR help, I will do better. Of the less than ten people who have read what I’ve written thus far, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for reading. Thank you for the encouragement. Thank you for the feedback you’ve given. Thank you for your ideas and suggestions. But I must complain. I haven’t gotten enough feedback. I don’t just want proofreading. I’m not at the stage where spelling and grammar will fix the problems (though I’m not adverse to those corrections.) I need to know where the story is broken, weak, falters, or just plain doesn’t work. I need to know where the characters are acting out of character. I need to know when logic and sensibility doesn’t fit, even though it’s a magical, mystical, fantasy world. I need to know if I say something in one place and totally contradict it in another. While it may be intentional, I need to be aware of it, in case it isn’t.

(March 26, 2018): Last week a co-worker volunteered to edit this story! I have yet to see the results of this, but I’m very encouraged. So far, she’s enjoyed the adventure and she’s said a lot of positive things. I firmly believe that no good writer can exist without a good editor. A lot people like my writing style, but even I’ve seen how a good editor can take my words and turn them into something alive. I may have all the parts in place, but a good editor is the lightning that brings the creature to life.

(October 4, 2017): I was browsing through some other blogs found on the Reader and noticed that some folks like to post their sketches, doodles, and other artwork. If you’re feeling creative while reading Kabize’s story, I invite you to contribute your artwork. I’ll add it to my posts where I can and I’ll link to your blog in the process.

I see I’m finally getting a bit of a following with some regular readers. However, I noticed that some of pages have never been visited at all! I think that, in order to get the most out of the story, one must read the whole thing. Dropping in every once in a while is nice, but you’ll miss out on the ongoing threads and subplots I’m developing.

I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks for reading!

 

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