Hey nerds! Erica Kudisch here promoting my novel DON’T FEED THE TROLLS, a genderqueer romp through internet drama. And if you keep up with the blog tour and its bonus DLC, there’s a $50 prize package achievement for you to unlock. Have fun!
The Annals of Altestis
“Bluebooking” is a common tabletop, LARP, and online multiplayer gamer engagement wherein the gamer novelizes the in-game events. It’s pretty similar to the practice in fanfic of writing out headcanons or incidents specific to your version of the story; a bluebooker writes up what happened during the session from their character’s perspective, for group perusal, GM archival, or simply to share that No Shit, There We Were story with the world at large.
In DON’T FEED THE TROLLS, Daphnis is bluebooking the events of Fatiguee’s court in The Annals of Altestis. Considering that the elaborate court game was meant to mimic the Tudor court and the infighting of Shakespeare’s history plays and Game of Thrones, the Annals are an account of the bloody attempted coups, sexual intrigues, zany financial schemes, and broken friendships that occurred in her court’s pursuit of power.
(And to think, this all started because my French-born main character wanted to practice English!)
Here follows an excerpt from the Annals of Altestis: quite possibly the tale that won the SummerStorm novelization contest that kicks off our plot.
HERE LET IT BE WRIT into the permanence of Our demesne that as of this date, the twelfth day of the eleventh month in the Year of Our Settlement 0196, Knight Krozin has amassed sufficient holdings in Altestis to be elevated to the rank of Count. Let it be understood that he and his allies achieved this by the utter devastation of a pirate fleet under the scourge Montan56, in pitched naval battle the likes of which Altestis has never seen. It is, by Our account, the initiation of these virgin waters unto the crude brutality of open war. We have to wonder if the waves consented to this. The Aquean ambassador has said naught on the matter, but then again, he too stands to gain.
With Our provision of resources to the conflict, and the aid of our trusted favorite, dear loyal Sachem, Krozin has secured Our borders and is to be commended. But We remain skeptical of Krozin’s ability to chart the waters of Our court. It is one thing to scuttle a ship; it is another entirely to tread in the sea of intrigue, and not be mistaken for flotsam.
About Don’t Feed the Trolls
Gaming while female is enough to incur the wrath of the dude-bros, and they’ve come for me. Instead of fighting back, I’ve created an alternate account. Male name, male pronouns. And I’ve met this girl. I’ve always liked girls, and Laura’s adorable and smart and never gives up, and she likes me back. Or rather, she likes the man I’m pretending to be. But I can’t tell her I’m a woman without the mob coming after her too.
And besides: I might not be a woman, not really.
The truth is, I don’t know what I am anymore. I’ve spent my whole life being told how I’m supposed to act and what I’m supposed to be, but none of it feels right. And my lie is starting to feel truer than anything I’ve ever been.
There’s a convention coming up, but the closer it gets, the more I have to choose: lie or fight. But if I don’t stand my ground as a girl, am I letting the haters win?
Then again, those aren’t the only two ways to live.
Available from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/dont-feed-the-trolls
About Erica Kudisch
Erica Kudisch lives, writes, sings, and often trips over things in New York City. When not in pursuit of about five different creative vocations, none of which pay her nearly enough, you can usually find her pontificating about dead gay video games, shopping for thigh-high socks, and making her beleaguered characters wait forty thousand words before they get in the sack.
In addition to publishing novellas and short stories as fantastika-focused alter-ego Kaye Chazan (What Aelister Found Here and The Ashkenazi Candidate, both available at Candlemark & Gleam) Erica is responsible for the BDSM musical Dogboy & Justine, and serves as creative director and co-founder of Treble Entendre Productions.
She also has issues with authority. And curses too fucking much.
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