Kayla Unknown is creating an urban fantasy/horror serial novel about LGBT* mages and PTSD
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First-time readers, click 'Read From Beginning' whenever you want to begin.

Read From Beginning

Recent Updates


Update days are currently unstable/unpredictable, with plans to return to twice weekly as soon as life matters stabilize enough. There should still be at least four chapters per month, and back to a more reliable eight chapters per month soon. Each chapter is about 1200-1600 words long, almost always at least 1300 and occasionally straying as long as 1800. A proper video is in the works, along with fixing some broken links.

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Friendless, mildly belligerent, and certain she's content with her lot in life, Quest is a nineteen year old gamer nursing obsessions with heroism and unraveling the mysteries of the world through the least subtle means possible. She also happens to be a capable fire mage.

Older and in some ways wiser, her sister Dina struggles with a life history kept under lock and key, as well as keeping Quest's adventurous impulses under control, her only real lifeline a private group of online friends. Her own magical abilities are somewhat more varied.

Bound together by a tie both stronger and stranger than blood, they must work together in a world divided sharply between the magical and the mundane in order to survive when they are caught in the midst of a series of deadly supernatural events that defy even the logic of the magical world.


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If I've got anything like a mysterious agenda, which I suppose I do, read on to remove the mystery.

This serial, along with most of my other work, features a diverse cast without focusing its plot entirely around this fact; these are stories about LGBT* folks for the most part, but they are not stories about the struggles faced by LGBT* people ABOUT BEING LGBT* (though obviously these things come up once in a while; in a modern setting, how could they not?). There are a lot of those stories out there, both fiction and non-fiction, and that's fantastic, but I'd like to write stories focused on adventures and magic and other surreal and disturbing things, the kind that someone can pick up just to read urban fantasy (or whatever) and think "Oh, hey, I can relate to these characters." The dream is a future where someone can browse fiction about all conceivable people, where it's not at all unusual for a protagonist's sexuality or gender identity to be something other than society's current 'defaults.' A solid amount of work like this exists (see Chris Moriarty's Spin State for a great example and a great book), but in my opinion, there's nowhere near enough.

My personal issue is that I'm disabled with highly limited resources. By becoming a Patron, you're supporting my philosophical stuff and getting access to some interesting activity stream content and contributing toward some neat milestone goals, and you're also greatly helping me remain in a stable enough living situation to continue writing this story. So, that would be a super nice thing! Every individual dollar is a dollar more than I would have had. Every little bit counts.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
  • You'll be supporting the project and me, which is honestly a pretty nice thing to do.
  • You'll have access to my Patreon activity stream, where you can comment on chapters as well as access various rambling about books I read, games I play, things I watch, and who knows what else.
Pledge $5 or more per month
2 patrons
  • You'll be supporting the project and me, which is honestly a pretty nice thing to do.
  • You'll have access to my Patreon activity stream, where you can comment on chapters as well as access various rambling about books I read, games I play, things I watch, and who knows what else.
  • You'll have access to a bi-weekly Youtube series (planned to begin when there are at least ten patrons!) where I will answer questions you and others who pledge at this level ask. If there end up being a lot of these, I'll figure out a fair system (possibly randomized in some way) of choosing which questions to answer. Questions that would spoil things about the story will not be answered, though, or will be answered with maddeningly vague and cryptic statements.
  • *NOTE* Higher pledge levels are planned for both when there are enough patrons for it to matter, and for when I can actually hold to those rewards (which are definitely thought out).
Goals
$5 of $100 per month
A bonus story about Quest and Dina before the start of the main plot. At least 3,000 words in length.
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First-time readers, click 'Read From Beginning' whenever you want to begin.

Read From Beginning

Recent Updates


Update days are currently unstable/unpredictable, with plans to return to twice weekly as soon as life matters stabilize enough. There should still be at least four chapters per month, and back to a more reliable eight chapters per month soon. Each chapter is about 1200-1600 words long, almost always at least 1300 and occasionally straying as long as 1800. A proper video is in the works, along with fixing some broken links.

--

Friendless, mildly belligerent, and certain she's content with her lot in life, Quest is a nineteen year old gamer nursing obsessions with heroism and unraveling the mysteries of the world through the least subtle means possible. She also happens to be a capable fire mage.

Older and in some ways wiser, her sister Dina struggles with a life history kept under lock and key, as well as keeping Quest's adventurous impulses under control, her only real lifeline a private group of online friends. Her own magical abilities are somewhat more varied.

Bound together by a tie both stronger and stranger than blood, they must work together in a world divided sharply between the magical and the mundane in order to survive when they are caught in the midst of a series of deadly supernatural events that defy even the logic of the magical world.


--

If I've got anything like a mysterious agenda, which I suppose I do, read on to remove the mystery.

This serial, along with most of my other work, features a diverse cast without focusing its plot entirely around this fact; these are stories about LGBT* folks for the most part, but they are not stories about the struggles faced by LGBT* people ABOUT BEING LGBT* (though obviously these things come up once in a while; in a modern setting, how could they not?). There are a lot of those stories out there, both fiction and non-fiction, and that's fantastic, but I'd like to write stories focused on adventures and magic and other surreal and disturbing things, the kind that someone can pick up just to read urban fantasy (or whatever) and think "Oh, hey, I can relate to these characters." The dream is a future where someone can browse fiction about all conceivable people, where it's not at all unusual for a protagonist's sexuality or gender identity to be something other than society's current 'defaults.' A solid amount of work like this exists (see Chris Moriarty's Spin State for a great example and a great book), but in my opinion, there's nowhere near enough.

My personal issue is that I'm disabled with highly limited resources. By becoming a Patron, you're supporting my philosophical stuff and getting access to some interesting activity stream content and contributing toward some neat milestone goals, and you're also greatly helping me remain in a stable enough living situation to continue writing this story. So, that would be a super nice thing! Every individual dollar is a dollar more than I would have had. Every little bit counts.

Recent posts by Kayla Unknown

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
  • You'll be supporting the project and me, which is honestly a pretty nice thing to do.
  • You'll have access to my Patreon activity stream, where you can comment on chapters as well as access various rambling about books I read, games I play, things I watch, and who knows what else.
Pledge $5 or more per month
2 patrons
  • You'll be supporting the project and me, which is honestly a pretty nice thing to do.
  • You'll have access to my Patreon activity stream, where you can comment on chapters as well as access various rambling about books I read, games I play, things I watch, and who knows what else.
  • You'll have access to a bi-weekly Youtube series (planned to begin when there are at least ten patrons!) where I will answer questions you and others who pledge at this level ask. If there end up being a lot of these, I'll figure out a fair system (possibly randomized in some way) of choosing which questions to answer. Questions that would spoil things about the story will not be answered, though, or will be answered with maddeningly vague and cryptic statements.
  • *NOTE* Higher pledge levels are planned for both when there are enough patrons for it to matter, and for when I can actually hold to those rewards (which are definitely thought out).