Shataina's Story
Note: Much of this HTML was adapted from a LiveJournal template, which made this easier since I didn't have to build the HTML from the ground up. So thank you, LiveJournal. I am also indebted to Dave's HTML Tutorial, which long ago made HTML the easiest thing in the world to learn.

Link to:The Draft.
Link to:The Introduction: the Bizarre Internal Workings of One Fangirl / Writer's Mind.
Link to:Calligraphy Madness.
Link to:A Genre of Dreams: the Fantasy Paper.
Link to:Explanation of the terms "Roleplaying Game" and "Exalted".
Link to:Shataina's Stats.
Link to:Copyright Stuff.
Email the woman herself: Contact Lydia.

Latest Updates

11.17.09 -- It's been a long time since I updated here, hasn't it? I think at some point I will have to retire this awkward ol' site, or make it a chapter in lydialaurenson.com ... whenever I get around to making lydialaurenson.com. Which won't be anytime soon, because I am currently in Swaziland, Africa, working on HIV/AIDS with the U.S. Peace Corps.
If you'd like to kindasorta keep up with my activities, I occasionally post to a personal blog: dragonladyflame.livejournal.com.

2.21.08 -- The Roll of Glorious Divinity I is out, and turned out pretty well! Stephen Lea Sheppard is an awesome developer. The last two products I worked on were Dreams of the First Age and The Roll of Glorious Divinity II; those will be the last for a long time, I think. I have enjoyed my work with RPGs, but other projects are occupying my attention lately. However, I'm grateful to the fine people at White Wolf for the opportunities. "Exalted" is an amazing game.
I think I need to put Shataina's Story on hold, officially and indefinitely. I am working on some other writing projects in my off time, and also some random stuff like applying to the Peace Corps. And Shataina's Story is unpublishable, because it's fanfiction, so when I do get the time to write, I feel like I ought to put it into other writing.
Maybe I'll get the random urge to write more Shataina someday when I don't feel so pressed to do other things with my time. I hope so.

6.3.07 -- Oadenol's Codex is out, and I'm happy with how it turned out. Yay! (Dustin & I wrote the Manses/Demesnes stuff, not including the hearthstones.) We've been working on a huge chunk of the upcoming Roll of Glorious Divinity I and a smaller chunk of the upcoming Dreams of the First Age, and have had very little time for basically anything; but the books are shaping up to be pretty cool at least.

Permanent random news -- For all you LiveJournal addicts users out there, I've set up a LiveJournal just for updates to Shataina's Story; its username is, shockingly enough, Shataina.

What is this site where I find myself?

In case you have found this page by accident (unlikely) or are simply confused by one of my failed descriptions (more likely), you are now at the website for Lydia's Thesis.

Lydia graduated from college in 2004, having written her senior thesis on fantasy, fantasy criticism, the nature of fantasy, and a whole bunch of other ambitious topics. Part of this thesis was the attempt to write out, as a novel, one game she played in the fall semester of her junior year (fall 2002). This was a game of "Exalted", a tabletop roleplaying game manufactured by White Wolf Game Studios. It was a single-player game run by Dustin, who deserves mad props for putting up with her.

Lydia is fully aware that this has been done before. The object of this is not to sell the result of her creative endeavour as a novel (although it would be nice if White Wolf would agree to print it -- unlikely :). The object of this (as a thesis) was to, by way of converting a played fantasy game to a readable fantasy novel, highlight the differences between playing a character and writing her out, and help to explain them; as well, it was to analyze the way in which gaming affects Lydia's life and (possibly nonexistent) sanity.

In terms of why Lydia plans on continuing the story -- well, she can't deny that she derives a certain personal satisfaction from the process.

The whole (280-page!) thesis (which was handed in to Simon's Rock College on May 5, 2004) included the following:
-- Book I / the Prelude of Shataina's Story (which has since become better, or so I hope).
-- An Introduction discussing various things, such as the definition of fantasy, the definition of roleplaying games, how the game affected Lydia, etc. This was where she used the findings from her Fantasy Survey.
-- Calligraphed insets, into which fed Lydia's research on graphoanalysis, etc.

This site holds the current draft of Lydia's creative endeavour, as well as a copy of Shataina's stats from the game. It also has a paper I wrote at the end of that semester for a class, a paper written on fantasy and fantasy criticism. That paper formed the basis for the researched part of the Introduction, which I might put up eventually if people ask for it enough. Furthermore, this site has images of the calligraphed pages I handed in with Shataina's Story, as well as sundry other relevant items.

Onward and upward.


Lydia also submitted Shataina's description to White Wolf and won 3rd Place in the Player's Guide contest. So White Wolf has their own take on Shataina on the Exalted Player's Guide. (Lydia herself doesn't particularly agree with their take, but hey, she's not complaining -- she has all kinds of geek bragging rights now.)


All writing and sundry other art on this website is free to read and / or view, but it is definitely under copyright to Lydia Laurenson (except in places where this would directly overlap someone else's copyright, such as the "Exalted" canon items in Shataina's Story). All rights reserved.

Shataina's Story

Link to:The Draft.
Link to:The Introduction: the Bizarre Internal Workings of One Fangirl / Writer's Mind.
Link to:Calligraphy Madness.
Link to:A Genre of Dreams: the Fantasy Paper.
Link to:Explanation of the terms "Roleplaying Game" and "Exalted".
Link to:Shataina's Stats.
Link to:Copyright Stuff.
Email the woman herself: Contact Lydia.