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Shawn Grigson
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Software developer by day; writer, father, cat and dog person and everything else by night.

Sometimes I wear a mask and fight crime using only the power of my imagination.

I just finished writing a story called Mindbender, which is awesome, and you should read it: www.inkitt.com/stories/41310

It won 1st Place out of about 300 submissions on Inkitt's NaNoWriMo contest, too!

I also wrote a book as a blog at www.iorneste.com

It's still a first draft, but I am told it is really good, anyway. You can go read it and prove them wrong and tell them it's horrible if you want. I dare you. Or just tell me, since I need to edit the accursed behemoth that is now sprawling past 700 pages.

What is it?

It's a fantasy story that's written more as a character drama in a fantasy setting. It's a bit experimental, and was written unplotted. There is no outline. I had a whole set of rules on it that I made for myself, including a "1 chapter a week" deadline. You can check those out at www.iorneste.com/how-this-work… if you're curious.

I liken it to speedpainting. I get to clean it up later. :)

Want a summary?

It's a dragon story about a dragon who spends the entire novel bound into human form, as part of the rite of passage among his people, the great wyrms, who call themselves the Drac. The rite of passage is called The First Exile.

I encourage you to read it, for free. It's a labor of love where I'm just writing a chapter each week, giving it away, and sharing the art I commissioned in the process to go along with the chapter. Come for the art, stay for the writing!

Patreon at www.patreon.com/iorneste

Get all Facebooky and Mavericky:
www.facebook.com/iorneste

Follow me on teh Twittars:
twitter.com/iorneste

Current Status of Iorneste: A Dragon Story
Status: First draft complete!

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
– C. J. Cherryh

Iorneste and Selka by z-a-i-n-a

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Missing My Story

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 7, 2016, 9:25 AM
In the same way that you can never experience your first time watching a movie or reading a book more than once, you can never write a story more than once. Yes, of course, there are several rounds of revisions, but that first magical time when the story started coming together, when chapter followed chapter and I found out along with everyone else what was going to happen...

Well, there's no other word for it. It's magic.

So now I look at Iorneste, sitting there, waiting to be edited, like a well-loved friend who lives far away. We are no longer as close as we once were, because the story is there, and I am here, and we are no longer daily partners. We have less and less in common with each other over time, yet I still think fondly of Iorneste and Selka and Mourne, Sheldrache and Rrachma, Embre Stormwall, Despera Cael, and King Gracellus Ysarde.

It's recommended that writers set a story aside for awhile after finishing it, and don't try to edit it for a few weeks. The reason for this being that you need a certain level of emotional separation from the work to look at it objectively and make the changes that need to be made for a better story.

But I think I've waited long enough. I started Iorneste in March last year, finished in September. Soon enough that year mark will be reached, and I've only edited two chapters. :(

So a new proposal: I'm editing three chapters a week, and I'll post the updates to the website. And this will be the last and final "web" version of Iorneste.

After that, I'll turn it into a real book. I'm pretty excited about it. :)

I keep promising Artist features for Iorneste, too, on the website. More on that to come.

I won a writing competition!

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 18, 2015, 11:52 AM
I scored first place on Inkitt's #nanowrimo2015 competition.

Through upvotes, I got to position #9 on the list, but the final rankings are based on the judges opinions. Out of 300-some submissions, they decided they liked my story the best, and have now featured it on the front page banner at the top on www.inkitt.com

Here's a few of their comments:

Hi Digira, 


I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate you. Your story "Mindbender" has come first in our NaNoWriMo Writing Contest! 

The judges found your story captivating, and thought that you embraced your development as an author throughout the story - owning your own journey as you constructed your story. 

We are very proud to have you here on Inkitt, and honoured to be able to host your story. 

I cannot wait to see more from you!


And here's the email that went out, in which my win was announced!

Screenshot 2015-12-18 13.49.19 by digira

I'm pretty pleased with myself. :) The story is not quite done yet, but I'm working on wrapping it up.

If you're interested to read my prize-winning story, check it out here at Inkitt.


And thanks to z-a-i-n-a for the awesome cover!

Lance by z-a-i-n-a

Excerpt: Mindbender

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 16, 2015, 9:28 AM
An excerpt from my WIP story this month for #nanowrimo2015

Read the whole thing this month (as I continue to add to it) at www.inkitt.com/stories/41310

The next day the internets exploded.

My morning coffee was already waiting for me, a service apparently provided gratis via the concierge or the maitre d, or some other latin or french word I didn’t know the meaning of. It was in the sitting room, but the smell led me to it and I realized that I had not had a proper cup of coffee in months.

I grabbed the french press pot and the shmancy mug that was sitting there, and strolled into the luxuriously-appointed den with an electric fireplace (which I switched on, because I was cold, as per usual of late), opened up my laptop, and did what I normally did on Sunday mornings verging into afternoon: I surfed the web. It did not take me long to discover that there had been an incident, because it was all over social media in that it was all that anyone would talk about.

Apparently that Sunday morning, while I’d been sleeping the sleep of the Lance in a bed fit for a president, there was an armed robbery going on somewhere down in Bucktooth, Arkansas. (Go ahead and snicker. I don’t remember the actual name of the town, and I don’t feel like looking it up, so we’re going with Bucktooth.)

I can relay the events as I remember reading them thus:

At way-too-early-for-Lance-a.m. a couple of mean hombres stroll into the Bucktooth Savings and Loan carrying shotguns, and ask to make a withdrawal. Despite what you see in movies, the instant two men with guns arrive, the alarm is already tripped, and the local Bucktooth Sheriff’s Department starts to mosey on over to see if Hank has accidentally pressed the button while cleaning again.

The clerks follow the role they know they are supposed to play, and start shoveling money into bags, so that the armed robbers, both wearing ski masks and speaking almost incomprehensible southern dialects, can take their ill-obtained loot to some undisclosed location and get roaring drunk on moonshine to celebrate.

But before they can make off with the goods, they are suddenly confronted in the bank by a man with a garish yellow and black mask, a yellow muscle shirt, jeans, cowboy boots, and a backwards baseball cap. He’s carrying a steel baseball bat engraved with “Slugger” on it. He rushes into the room, and as the bad guys raise their weapons, he smashes his bat on the ground. Cracks appear in the floor, and there’s a loud shockwave of an explosion that knocks the two men back. They try to raise their weapons, but he is rushing like a bull towards them, draws back, swings with all of his might…

And one of the assailants buckles right in the middle as he is caught by the blow, and it instantly ruptures several internal organs from the impact, and snaps his spine, and he’s sent back sailing, crashing through the bank’s glass doors, out into the street beyond, and lands like a meaty baseball.

The other robber screams and raises his weapon but the bat returns for another swing, catches the gun and smashes the barrel into the robber’s face, and the gun goes off, harmlessly blasting the ceiling. Dazed, the robber lowers the weapon, staggering, but the Slugger’s swing catches him right in the side of his head, and he is hit with such force by the steel bat that his head is pulverized on impact, exploding like a watermelon hit by a shotgun at close range.

The mess, as you can imagine, is horrific. Our hero, the Slugger, emerges out of the bank to get help and flag down the authorities, who just a moment before saw a man crash through the bank doors out into the street. He is met, to his initial relief, by the Sheriff and his deputies. With the alarm flashing at the bank, a man shot from the building like a cannon, hearing a shotgun blast, and seeing the masked man covered in blood, gore dripping from the baseball bat in his hands, and moving towards them, they do not ask him to stop and put his hands up. They do not ask him to freeze, or pass go, and he certainly does not collect two hundred dollars.

Those hayseed cops empty clips into him like he’s the devil himself, and some of them even shoot his twitching corpse.

The reaction of the internet overall was pretty cynical, which is the general temper of the internets, because we’ve seen everything by now, and all of it is ultimately disappointing.

Soon as there were people with superpowers, we all knew someone was going to do it eventually. There was speculation about it, nerds everywhere following those who had “come out” as superpowered begging them to start a superhero team, and some of them even did cosplay in their own personal superhero costumes, and milk the fame for all it was worth, and become darlings of social media.

But we never considered them real superheroes. We all secretly hoped that one day, someone would do it for real. Come out of nowhere in a mask and cape, beat up some bad guys, and make the world a better place.

I think it all depended on him, on the Slugger. He was the first superhero. He was the one that took our hopes and dreams and did it for real.

And what happened when he did? Let’s take stock: In the real world, the first superhero, with actual super-strength, did not peacefully subdue the bad guys while issuing clever repartee, he killed them in grim silence. Then he got shot by the cops as the suspicious masked figure he really was. I couldn’t have fucked up a debut like that any better myself.

I guess we all came back to reality a little bit after that. In the end, we sadly realized, this wasn’t going to look anything like it did in the comic books.



NaNoWriMo Contest And My Entry: Mindbender

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 13, 2015, 5:22 PM

What Is This?


National Novel Writing Month happens every November. Details here: nanowrimo.org/

TL;DR: Writers commit to start with a blank page on Nov 1, and end up with 50,000 words (a full novel) by Nov 30. I started late, on Nov 10, so I need to write 2500 words a day to stay on track. You don't write your story on the NaNoWriMo site, but my author info and up-to-date word count can be found there. nanowrimo.org/participants/dig…

The fine folks at Inkitt are letting people post their NaNoWriMo stories on their site, and the one with the most votes <3 gets bragging rights. www.inkitt.com/nanowrimo

Cool, so what does this have to do with me?


I submitted a story called 'Mindbender' to the competition, and am about 5,000 words into the story (10%). If you're interested, check it out and let me know what you think. If you like it, create an account on Inkitt and give me an upvote <3! Much appreciated, and even if you don't like my story there are tons of other stories to read.

So what's your story about?


No spoilers, but here's a synopsis:

Lance Thorn led a boring life. Until The Event, which gifted many with strange abilities, after which Lance made a startling discovery: He can read minds. Things will never be boring again.

There's a lot more to it than that, or at least there will be. It's pretty dark, psychological, and is definitely an 18+ read.

Mindbender on Inkitt

Thanks! Hope you enjoy!

#nanowrimo #nanowrimo2015 #writing #mindreading 

Pundit

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 18, 2015, 9:43 PM
This is how you're supposed to think. 
This is how you're supposed to think. 
Stop it, deviant, think right. You're wrong.
This is how you're supposed to think.

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Angel-soma Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday! Hope you're doing well!
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digira Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
You remembered my birthday! Thank you! :)
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InksplatterSenpai Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Student General Artist
Hey bro CONGRATS ON MINDBENDER! I WILL SIT DOWN AND READ IT WHEN I FIND THE TIME :) LOVE YOUR WORK! 
anyways Im almost done with chapter one of my new webcomic and I think I ve been able to keep up a pace of a 32 page chapter every month. I would love to have any of your feedback on the pages so far :) 
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digira Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Thanks so much! Really glad to hear you like it.

It's been awesome to see your work, and I've been waiting to see what's going to come out of the new pages. :)

I've been pretty busy lately, lots of major life changes coming (I'm getting divorced) so I haven't been engaged in DA quite as much, and haven't been commissioning anyone since that last cover for Mindbender. But I still haven't forgotten my peeps. :)

I'll catch up with your work shortly and give you my review of the story as a whole, but I just love seeing you doing what you love and exploring ideas and just having fun with it. Keep going. You are one of my inspirations. :)
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InksplatterSenpai Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student General Artist
aww thanks bud. yeah ive been really loving this story of mine.
i recorded myself coming up with a 45 minute long talk about the history and lore of my stories world last night over a skype call XD
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digiral Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi :happybounce: 
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digira Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
omg! We're name-pals! :)
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digiral Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well for me, I used the word "digiral" for my online username.
Um, it started from an online game, Transformice (My first online game with chatting function). I thought of digiral because I want  my name to be some digital related name... So I just change the last letter XD
I had tried to use Digital though, but It already been used :p

So, since I made a lot of friends through this game, I used digiral because they already known me as digiral. So yeah, I liked the name and use it for online.

Um, sorry for bad grammar... I tried the best :p
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digira Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Your grammar is fine, by the way. I understood everything you said. :)
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digiral Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right XD

Can I ask you about the origin of digira ? :3

Like how you get the name and etc etc :d
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