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Beautiful NaNoWriMo project

It’s time for the Beautiful Books link up with Cait and Skye. This month I get to introduce my NaNoWriMo project. I’m going to be writing A Brigand, No Longer which is the sequel to Girl of the Rumours. I have talked about it before (see this post), but some of my ideas have changed a little and i’m going about it in a different way.

What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

Joane being interesting inspired this book. In particular ongoing conflict between Joane and Elind, back in an imaging of the story where Elind was young. And I may have had the idea for about two years. This time last year, I was expecting to begin writing it very soon.

Describe what your novel is about!

Joane and Aydel adjusting to their new situations. Impending war. The groom being captured just before a wedding. Mayhem. Outlaws running wild. Fathers. Sisters. Lots of spoilers.

What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

Wide stone streets petering off into dirt paths. Buildings in a mixture of stone, wood and plaster. Plentiful gardens. A river flowing through the town. A dirty tent town for refugees. a tangled forest stretching down from the mountains.

Introduce us to each of your characters!

Joane: Fierce, tomboy, man-hater, intimidating leader, protective, despiser of chiefs, lonely, proud, illiterate.

Aydel: Broken, freedom-lover, comforter, shunned, healer, best sister ever, regretful.

Wil: Noble, cautious, protective, can’t say what he wants, haunted, self-sacrificing, trustworthy.

Ireen: Power-hungry, not a compelling leader, terrifying, clever, perpetual rebel,  hurt.

How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

I’ve done a bit of outlining. Still more to do. And I’ve stocked up on chocolate that is to be doled out at mile stones.

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

Figuring it out. I have some plans, but I’m really just looking forward to seeing where it goes and what new characters pop up.

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

  1. A lot of the book is in a city.
  2. The city is more open than crowded, and is generally cheerful.
  3. Bright, strong colours are the fashion.

What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Joane wants to make the world calm down, but she’s removed herself from her old place of authority and is hopeless in the new situation. Aydel wants her sister happily married, but Arthen has been taken in a raid and Aydel is prohibited from leaving the city.

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Joane will be less jaded and suspicious. More graceful and capable. Aydel will have found hope again.

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

Right now, I feel that a major theme is new beginnings. Submission and trust will come into play as well. I want people to come away feeling lightened and cheered.

 

That’s that, and you can check out the other entries here or here.

Beautifully Messy Writing Process

This month the Beautiful People is author oriented. Which means you get to read about me instead of my characters.

 

Or more accurately you’ll read about my writing process. And my writing progress really isn’t beautiful. It’s much more of a mess.

 

How do you decide which project to work on?

A mixture of what’s running through my head and what fits my goals. At the moment I’m not feeling hugely motivated on any project, but I’m determined to get Girl of the Rumours into a readable shape.

How long does it usually take you to finish a project?

Months. Not that I’ have finished, finished things. I’ve completed drafts, but they always took months.

Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?

Not really, but I tend to listen to music. Instrumental orchestral stuff mostly. Lately I’ve been going for Celtic music.

What time of day do you write best?

Perhaps evening. That might just be because I’m running out of time in the day. Sometimes starting early is great.

Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?

Not really. I used the ‘I Write Like’ website and for Girl of the Rumours, it said I write like Agatha Christie. But that was only a few chapters. I haven’t found a consistent style yet.

Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?

I started writing becuase I had a story to tell and realized it could be done. I keep going because I enjoy it, I don’t want to be a quitter and God doesn’t seem to be directing me away from it.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?

Hard means it’s a scene that drags. Or has difficult emotions. Conflict with parents is something I find both hard to write and hard to read. The scene is was working on yesterday fit’s into all of that. Probably a bunch more scenes do. It’s all a bit of a blur months later.

Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?

I don’t feel all that ready for any of my projects. But honestly, I wan tot get more experienced before I get back to Lady of Courage (which has a new name coming along sometime). I felt when I was first wriitng it that the political intrigue was beyond me, and it’s got a lot of gaps. I also want to attempt a serial on the blog, but haven’t had the time to figure it out.

What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?

I put this for my goal on the Holy Worlds forum.

I’m afraid to make to many big goals, because so many thing could happen in a year to derail them. Also I just started planning out a new project that’s going to slow things down.
That said, I want to get Girl of the Rumours into the hands of a few critiquers by August. If I really focus on my editing I could have it sooner, but I want tot get other things moving along too. The first draft of Lady of Courage should be finished end of next month at the latest.

I don’t know if I’ve really finished  Lady of Courage, but I’ve done as much as I’m going to. Girl of the Rumours won’t be ready for critiquers in August unless I only give them the first part. I still hope to have it mostly by mid September. And the new project is coming along.

Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif

Write. Sigh. Rewrite.

 

Check out the rest of the link up at paperfury.com or furtherupfurtherin.net.

 

Beautiful People: Cassia


The year is 1776; the world is a different one. I am sitting in a dim room that feels like an attic, though it’s hard to be certain. You are sitting with me, though not actually there. You’re more inside my head than anywhere else. Neither of us are exactly sure how we got here, but we know why. There’s one another person in the room. A blond girl wearing practical clothes and a serious expression is sitting on a low chair in front of me. Her name is Cassia Rerdbin and I’m supposed to be interviewing her. She doesn’t seem surprised or unwilling, but refuses to let me make any record of what we say. That’s what you’re here for, to help me remember.

I’ve been chatting with her for a little while now, but nothing of substance has come up. “Have you travelled much?” I ask her.

Cassia shakes her head. “Not unless you count exploring the streets of Delman travelling.”

“Exploring a city sounds like fun. What’s your favourite place to visit there?”

She leans her hand on her hand meditatively. “The parkland. We have been boating on the river several times and it was so peaceful. Much more natural than the artificially crowdedness of the rest of the city.”

I nod and move on to the next question. “What’s one mistake in your life that you’ve learned from?”

Cassia wrinkles her nose. “Are not you supposed to start with easy questions? If this is how you do an official interview, you’re terrible at it. But I will try to answer. It is hard though. Unless I want to be ungrateful and whine about the opportunities I have been given, I’ve only really made small mistakes.”

I laugh. “Small mistakes are fine Cassia. You can still learn things from them, even if it’s forgetting to set an alarm while cooking.”

“Set an alarm while cooking?” Cassia echoes. “What would you want to do that for?”

“It’s complicated, and would distract me from talking to you,” I offer. I figure it must be a cross cultural miscommunication. Those happen sometimes.

“Oh. Well I made a few dreadful mistakes when I was learning to sew. Sometimes It’s hard to tell the backs and fronts apart. Fortunately, we mostly do alterations.”

“So, you studied sewing here at the school. What else did you study? Any favourites?”

Cassia smiles. “There’s so many amazing things to study and a lot of freedom. I especially enjoyed traditions and law. There’s such a vast array of examples. There is also wonderful art.” She drops her voice almost to a whisper. “It almost makes back to the drawbacks of studying here.”

I’d like to ask her more about those drawbacks, but it’s not on our list and we’ve been discouraged from asking about the school for an undisclosed reason. So, I move onto the next question.

“Did you study plants at all? I’m supposed to ask you about your favourite flower?”

Yes, we both know that could be smoother, but it doesn’t really matter.

“I doubt you know them, but there’s an Erint tree here at the school. It came from Trerike, which is my fatherland. They are very pretty trees too, and the leaves are good for medicine.”

I smile. “Very nice. Trees have a more enduring beauty than flowers. I could dream about them. What about you? Anything particular you dream about at night?”

Cassia looks down and fumbles with her hands. She’s seems rather bothered, I’m surprised. We thought this was an easy question when we discussed it earlier.

“I- I have bad dreams,” Cassia whispers, “I keep dreaming about magic. Something terrible happens and I’m caught in the middle.”

I reach out and squeeze her hand. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have asked.”

“No, it’s alright. You couldn’t have known.”

I nod. “I’ll move onto a cheerful question. What would you choose to eat if you went out for a special meal?”

“Whatever was recommended.” Cassia laughs and shakes her head. “Sorry, I’m not a food person really.”

“That’s fine. What’s one thing you want to do before you die?”

“Move to Trerike. I have wished we lived there since I was 10. I would also like to travel to some famous libraries.”

“You’re a study freak, aren’t you?” I ask.

“I wouldn’t call myself a freak, but I certainly love to study.” Cassia leans back in her chair and sighs. “Learning is my life. I just hope it will not be my death.”

“Any other special talents?”

“Writing is part of academia, but I consider myself reasonably skilled at it. I like presenting an argument.”

“Debating then? Have you ever argued hard enough to make any one cry?” I’m glad to get that opportunity to slip the question in. It could otherwise be rather sensitive.

Cassia shakes her head. “I don’t like open disagreement and debate isn’t my thing. I’d be more likely to cry myself than make someone else cry.”

“You must be a nice person to be around then. This is pretty much the end of the interview. I’d love to stick around, but I don’t have the time. I just need you to confirm the veracity of your answers. Not that you’d lie about them, but it’s a formality.”

Cassia nodded. “I understand formalities. And I promise that was all true. Some say I might be biased in my research, but I would never lie in an interview.”

“Well it was nice meeting you. I have a suspicion I’ll see you again someday, but farewell for now.”

“The same.”

Cassia smiles and the room fades from our view. The white page of my blog appears behind it.

 

~The End

 

This interview is based off the questions from Beautiful People by Cait and Sky. Stop by paperfury.com or furtherupfurtherin.net to see other people talk about or to their characters.

Beautiful People: Izavee

I started writing a new story this month. It’s the secret project I started planning in January. I hadn’t done much, but a sudden challenge to write a book this month came up. I know I won’t write all of it yet, but it’ll be good to get something done. I have gotten out of the habit of writing large volumes of words.

I’m writing by hand again and I’m up to 17 pages for the month. In my defense, I only started on the 2nd and that was making my scene list. Also I’m preparing to go on holiday. I should be able to get lots done while I’m away from the internet.

It’s also time for the Beautiful People link up by Cait and Skye. I consider using my main character Cassia for the questions, but for various reasons that won’t work well. Instead I’ll tell you about a friend Cassia makes early on in the story. I haven’t got to her introduction yet in writing, so this will be fun. Her name is Izavee Echo eHerian and she’ll be answering the questions for herself.

What’s your favourite book/movie/play/etc.?
I love the stories of Quinrilian the Virtuous, a hero at the end of the Desolation of Darkness. My brother Quinric is named for him which makes the stories even more exciting. We would act them out together.
Is there anything you regret doing?
Of course. Lots of things. One thing I’d be better off without was the memory of meeting some Reika at a dance. I was only twenty-two at the time and shouldn’t have been there, but I’d pleaded to go and Father gave in. One of them pulled out one of their tricks and almost lured me away.

If you were sick or wounded, who would take care of you and how?
Quinric would do what he could, then call for our sister or a lady friend to do what he couldn’t. After that, he’d probably ask Rylen to come over and cheer me up.

Is there an object you can’t bear to part with and why?

I doubt bicycles exist in this world,
but Izavee looks a little like this.

I will never part with my mother’s necklace of service. I’ll get my own soon, but hers is forever more precious. She might have died thirteen years ago, but her influence has helped me as I’ve grown up.
What are 5 ways to win your heart (or friendship)?
Be loyal to the sanctuary. Listen. Don’t tempt me to corruption. Bring me flowers. Don’t sleep in.

What do you usually wear? Describe it top to bottom.
Top to bottom. That would be starting with the hat. I have rather a lot of hats but my favourite is a soft scarlet ekinett with an extra wide brim. I’ll wear a plain dress in any pale colour with a navy or teal jacket over it. And brown ankle shoes with buckles.
What’s you favorite type of weather?

I love warm, dry days. That’s why Zafeíri is my favourite month. It’s usually like that.

What’s the worst fight you’ve ever been in?

Me? In a fight. I never fight. What, it doesn’t have to be physical. Alright then, it was when I turned 25 and Father wanted a big party. I was just starting to realize I wasn’t all that grown up and didn’t want one. He won.

What names or nicknames have you been called throughout your life?

Iza and Vee were pretty common. Rylen calls me Echo. He says I echo the scrolls.

What makes your heart feel alive?

Visiting the sanctuary. And talking with Rylen. Or riding home on a windy day.
And that was Izavee. I hope you enjoyed getting to know her as well as I did. You can ask any questions about her and I’ll answer them if they’re not infringing on secrets.
Don’t forget to check out other Beautiful People at Paper Fury.

Beautiful Books: Goals and Interruptions

Hello readers, writer, friends and- I don’t think there are enemies reading my blog. If you are, please say hi.

I was starting to write about what writing I’d planned for this month and what was really happening when I remembered the Beautiful Books link-up was waiting for me. Since it is one on goals I’ll try to make it fit together.

What were your writing achievements last year?

I finished the first draft of my first novel, mostly re wrote it, wrote most of a second one, and started brainstorming a sequel. Not entirely in that order. It was a good year.

What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?

Finish Lady of Courage, get Girl of the Rumours reading to critique partners or maybe even beta readers. Probably write its sequel, though that depends on whether it is ready to be written when I have time.
As for this month, I had big goals: I was going to be writing 40,000 words, mostly on Lady of Courage. Anything else including blog post would be counted too. Otherwise my blog won’t happen with a high word count goal. I thought I might do a little bit of outlining on A Brigand, No Longer, but nothing else was expected.

The Secret Story

Then two things happened. First I was given a shiny new idea that get’s better the more I think about it. It’s a secret project I can’t talk about much, but I’m doing world building. And I’m not just mashing up bits from our world though there is a bit of that. I’ve finally veered off into what couldn’t be in our world.

It’s amazing how starting with nothing allows for more consideration of ideals. I’m not making a utopia, but I can put in more of my ideals for life, work education and government. I can actually make a clearer reflection of the truths of our world I believe to be important. I knew that stories allow one to do that before now, but I hadn’t experienced it so fully.

So because of that I haven’t gotten much work done on Lady of Courage. This week I’m forcing myself to get back to work on it.

The second interruption is one that actually has an impact of my word count. I’m going away for a week.  It’s an intensive course on planning one’s life to impact the world. I’ll be writing, but it’s not the stuff I count. So my goal has shrunk.

Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!

I think this means add more details. Girl of the Rumours is still in a fairly rough state, but the only big changes are content added to the middle and  the climax. The rest needs some continuity checking, some serious evaluation and a little polish.

I’m hoping doing that will help me sort out what happens in  A Brigand, No Longer. For it I’ve just got a bunch of ideas that  I’m not sure how they fit in. It’s likely there will be a third book, but the ideas aren’t clear enough.

How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017? 

I haven’t gotten much feedback on my writing so far. I’m hoping the critique process will really help me figure out my weaknesses and strengths. From there I’ll be in a much better place to write.

Describe your general editing process. 
I’ve hardly done enough editing to turn it into a process. For my first book the first edit was when I copied it from note book to computer. There were subtle changes I added as I copied. There were bigger things that happen though out it. When I actually begun that I’d just figured out the main line of the story and had to change the whole beginning to fit it. Then I go back over and tidy things up. I refine my characters.
For my other books it’ll be a little different, because it is already on the computer. But I’ll still be re writing things I’ve thought better of and making other big changes.
On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out? 

Well it’s not quite finished yet. But I’ll put it at 6 overall.
What aspect of your draft needs the most work?
The complex threads. A lot of them were dropped and the subtlety was lost. I’ll need to add them in and tie it all together. Also the political scenes could really do with smoother intrigue.

What do you like the most about your draft? 
The themes of friendship and communication that are coming though. And the sacrificial themes. That’s something I didn’t fully realize until I wrote this.There’s a lot of love and mostly not the romantic kind. I’m also loving the teenaged brother inventor. He’s fun.

What are your plans for this novel once you finish editing? More edits? Finding beta readers? Querying? Self-publishing? Hiding it in a dark hole forever? 
More editing. Then some critiquing will have to come, then more edits. Rise and repeat several times. Then I’ll think about querying.

What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing a first draft?

    Let is sit for a month or two. Then read it over. Don’t think about it too much in between. Work on something else. But do come back. It’s worth it. Also write yourself an ridiculous. encouraging letter that will help you keep on when the editing seems hopeless.
    And that’s that. Except I haven’t shared the new name I have for the larger country Girl of the Rumours takes place in. Verlis is the main setting, but it’s just a province. The whole land is called NéaElefthéri. Ne-a el-ef-THAIR-ree. NéaElefthéri. There is a chance you can talk me into explaining it.
    So do you have any excitng new writing developments? Or just a stubborn unmoving goal to move towards? Tell me about it.

    Beautiful Books: NaNoWriMo Update!!!

    So I started writing this post in the first week of November. Now I’ve finally finished it. I also finished NaNoWriMo for the first time half an hour ago!!!

    So I’m doing the Beautiful Books link up by Cait@Paper Fury and Skye@Further Up and Further In.


    Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

    My mental state is fine. (Read elated and hugging everyone now)I went into NaNo expecting to fail. On Day two I changed my mind. It hasn’t changed back yet. I am almost there now and completely confident I can make it. Now I’m done!!! My novel on the other hand is a mess. The middle came together better than I expected at the start, but there are huge bits I haven’t written and entire plot thread I’ve missed. It’ll probably need to be rewritten in entirety. But I don’t care. Keeping the story in my head is rather pointless.

    What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

    I didn’t start at the beginning, and the beginning I do have I’m not happy with.(and I’ve already written two versions) Further more I’m not 100% sure what bit I wrote first this month. so I’ll share both. 

    This month: The ambassador bowed, showing a bald patch in his greasy black hair.

    Very beginning: However nice it is to be surrounded by sycophants, sometimes a girl just needs the presence of a good strong man. Natalia rose to the tips of her shoes and scanned the milling crowd.


    Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

    Early in the month, Natalia’s half brother Alexos. he’s kind of inspired by my brother and is very adventurous. there’s also a couple of tertiary (I think. My secondary and tertiary characters like to get mixed up) characters, who are fun. A super enthusiastic, irrepressible maid and a mad sea captain.

    Since then I’ve become rather fond of Luca and Lorenzo in particular, but all my character are working their way into my affections.
    What do you love about your novel so far?

    New ideas for what should happen keep coming. I never intended to have all my characters pretending to be someone else, but it happens. (a good number at least)

    Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
    Nataia, Natlai, Natali, Matali, Natatalai, Naltai, Nalatai; I can’t type my main character’s name, It’s a bit of a nuisance. Natlai is the most common mistake. (When trying to type it wrong it came out right somehow.)
    What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
    I like it when things go really well and pull together in surprising ways, and that happens most in endings. but all of it can be fun.
    What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
    Shelves new yesterday!

    I often, but not always listen to music. Getting a good bit of writing down in the morning is a goal, but I do it later in the day as well, including quite late.

    How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone?
    I don’t tend to share much because my work is full of typos, but being able to talk about the joys and trials is important. And sometimes I just need someone to help me focus. Kendra E. Ardnek has been great with that. She does share it, and that also keeps me from getting too stuck in my own head. And when I felt like procrastinating she was great with that too.

    What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

    Determination and word sprints. Some with Kendra and Erika Mathews, a lot with the lovely people in the Realm Makers Consortium, and a couple with my little brother. I tried using Write or Die a bit, but if either my internet or computer is too slow it doesn’t register my writing quick enough and dies instead.


    What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
    1. Write something you’re enthusiastic about

    2. Study the craft

    3. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

    And here’s the graph of my monthly wordcount:


    And that is that. What have you all gotten done this month. Tell me, even if it’s small. There’s plenty of achievements other than writing a horrendous 50,124 words.

    Beautiful Books: A Brigand, No Longer

    It’s the time of the month when I usually do the Beautiful People link up. But it’s also the time of the year when we take a break to talk about books. In particular, books we’re about to start writing.

    This book I’m about to write is tentatively titled A Brigand, No Longer. It’s a sequel to Girl of the Rumours. There may or may not be another book coming after it. I really didn’t want to write a trilogy, but I cannot fit all of my ideas into one more story.


    What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

    It was probably about a year ago that I came up with an interesting twist to Girl of the Rumours that would leave a couple of characters in a very interesting situation. That twist is not the same anymore. It actually involved a character, who has changed a lot of the course of the first draft (sometimes she was a young woman looking after her brother and sister, now she is their mother). Also there were too many coincidences in the story. Anyway there still seems to be some complex situations, and I wanted more room to play with some themes and relationships.

    Describe what your novel is about!
    Joane, the former lady brigand, is having trouble adjusting to her new circumstances. It’s clear that she was meant to live out in the wilds and most people agree. So when shes hears that her former followers are forming into small warring factions and generally causing trouble, there is a strong urge to run away and get them back into line. But she knows her duty lies elsewhere. And that’s about what I can write from the little I know. It’s vague, but I can’t give away spoilers for the previous book. Many other characters make a return though. And Arthen and Leisa marry.
    What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
    I’m really not sure how to answer this one. I don’t even no how to describe it as a room. But it’s more town than forest. Formal garden terraces, people sewing uniforms, an apothecary shop. A strategy planning map, arrows through windows, making bandages. Mocking laughter, a burning village, a formal dance.

    Introduce us to each of your characters!
    I really can’t do this very much. I’m not yet sure how much to let out about who continues. But I’ll describe Joane and a few fairly minor characters.
    Joane doesn’t smile much, she’d rather stare daggers through you. She can take charge of a room, but is in her element outdoors. Her black curly hair is too short to stay up well and she always has a weapon hidden about her.
    Lady Naida Harly is a small, sprightly old woman. There’s always a twinkle in her eye that says she understands you even when you don’t say a word. But she’s also ready to make you talk about it, and extremely hard to say no to.
    Marcon Keresh is the second son of the Noble of Whern. He’s slight pretentious, means fairly well, but thinks he knows how things should be done. (Also I didn’t know he existed before I started writing this)
    How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
    I fill in things like this, throw random ideas around and try to organize them into something useful. And I’m getting writing books from the library again.
    What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
    Putting Joane into many uncomfortable situations. Letting my characters grow more. Figuring out who Marcon is. Having father-daughter relationships.

    List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
    It takes place in a city much more than the first book.
    There will be some opulent surroundings at times.
    It’s summer, so lots of heat and the early harvest.
    What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
    She’s trying to save her old followers from themselves, and help people survive a war. A new leader among the brigands and a lot of stubbornness and fear all round is making it difficult.

    How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
    I really hope she becomes more humble, trusting and forgiving.

    What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
    One theme is learning to trust, when things seem out of your control. Also learning to obey when when another path makes more sense. And being willing to live with people who ridicule you.
    I want people to feel glad that they read it. And encouraged. Certainly encouraged.

    Beautiful People: Wil is NOT a knight

    It’s this time of the month again. Beautiful People with Cait and Skye. If you want to check out what other people have done click on the picture.

    Today I’m telling you about Wil from Girl of the Rumours. He is often called Blue Wil, to distinguish him from anyone else who might have that name. Other names are Sir Wil and Preacher Wil. He says they’re both wrong. He is certainly not a knight And his full name might be Wilothi, a name my little brother helped me invent, which once belonged to another character.

    Now onto the questions.


    How did you come up with this character?

    I thought Nylf needed a friend, a sidekick of sorts. I filled in a few basics, Took a leftover first name from one place and a last name from another. decided to give him the colour blue as a reference to Will Scarlet. (Robin Hood is also where Arthen Stute’s last name came from, though it initially belonged to someone else.) And then my subconscious took over and came up with a fascinating backstory, He doesn’t even like Nylf anymore. I don’t even remember how it happened.

    Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?
    Probably yes. When you live out in the jungle with no fixed occupation and others relying on you, sometimes you have to go hungry. And a likely food would be a tapeti (rabbit).

    Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?
    He’s good at hunting, the roundup and making shoes.

    List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.
    Wil doesn’t tend to lose his temper. But if someone repeatably did something he’d asked them not to he would. Also if someone did something Wil thought was completely unjust and claimed the problem was with Wil’s moral code, well I’m glad I wasn’t around that day. And he has a tendency to beat himself up over what he should have done.

    What is their favourite type of weather? Least favorite?
    Cloudy days are good. Torrential rain is bad.

    What is their MBTI personality?
    I’m not quite sure. Wil is trying to ignore bits of his life and not get involved with other people though that would be more natural to him. Right now I’m thinking ISTJ. It fits with the even temper. Yesterday I said ISTP, and a few days before I was considering the possibility of him being an INFJ.

    Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?
    Probably present problems. Wil isn’t a worrier in general.

    What is their favourite thing to drink?
    Chocolate? I haven’t thought about drinks at all in my world building.

    What is their favourite color? Least favorite?
    Favourite is blue. He has gotten his nickname for a reason. And he has a distaste for yellow and black together. And the colour white. It’s impractical and shows up dirt, or blood far too well.
    What is a book that changed their life?
    The Bible. But that’s a long story. Even I don’t know it all.
    Now it’s just so happens that it’s my birthday today. So I’ll be nice and share a snippet. In fact the first bit with Wil in it.

      “Listen,” Wil leaned forward and a beam of light fell across gold brown hair. “Mirfwoods isn’t a good place for young ladies to be around, Lass Aydel. If what Nylf has told you is true you should find someone of good status who can take you to Verlis. I-” He hesitated a moment. “Elind and I would even take you to Noble Linsti if you want.”
      “Noble Linsti!” Aydel spat out. “Are you mad? He’s the last person I could trust. Arthen and my parents are working for him. He doesn’t care about any of you. All he wants is  an opportunity to gain power over Verlis.”
      Wil frowned. “Perhaps he doesn’t care as much as he should but I’m sure it isn’t as bad as all that. He is honour bound as a noble, to help another noble’s daughter. Nylf and the sort who you’d find hanging around Mirfwoods, don’t have that honour. They’ll do what is to their advantage. It might be to yours, it might not.”
      “So you don’t trust him.” Aydel glared across at Wil. “Well I don’t trust you, so that makes two of us. But despite that fact I will still allow you to escort me to Mirfwoods if you will.”
      “And if I won’t?”
      “Then I’ll ask around and find it myself. I’m resourceful. But I would be much happier to have someone else who Nylf must trust at least a little.”
      Wil sighed. “Very well, Elind and I will take you there, Lady Adlayda.” He gave a deep bow.

     Don’t forget you can make guesses in my character name perception game until the end of the month. I’d appreciate getting as much feedback as possible.

    Also I’m wondering if anyone noticed what fact about Wil I left out.

    Beautiful People: Nylf the Slightly Handsome

    So, I had trouble choosing a character for Beautiful People this time. Probably because it was external beauty or lack thereof, that it focuses on this month. I’ve already done most of the characters that are that significant. So I thought I’d do the character who goes by Nylf, despite the fact his looks aren’t that important.

    As I begun, I realized I’ve never done Aydel, my heroine and that it would work well for her, but the character development is good for Nylf. Even though it’s mostly externals, He’s a very important character, but sometimes a little awkward to explain. This way I don’t need to worry about keeping secrets.


    Give a brief overview of their looks. 

    Straight dirt coloured hair, it’s short to begin with but he doesn’t really cut it over the course of the book. He does keep it tidy and shave though. Quite pale skin, though it is reddened by sun and wind, greenish-brown eyes. He has a open, friendly, teasing look about him. And he’s young, early twenties.

    Share a snippet that involves description of their appearance.

    Skin and hair contrast ought to be higher.

    ‘As they came into sight, their voices died away. Probably realizing there was a chance they could be heard. They weren’t dressed in the usual soldier uniforms but soft forest colours instead. One was tall with hair slightly darker than hers in stark contrast to his pale face. Even paler than Leisa’s. 


    What is the first thing people might notice about them?

    That’s he’s very quiet and good at blending in. And that they should have seen him before. Other than the fact he’s rather good at sneaking up and vanishing, it would probably be his height and his easy way of standing. And probably the hair/skin contrast.

    What are their unique features? (Ex: freckles, big ears, birthmark, scars, etc.)

    He’s actually pretty ordinary. No scars in places that are regularly visible, His ears do stick out a little though and he’s got common, random skin imperfections.

    How tall are they? What is their build?

    Pretty tall, a little over 6′. He’s got a long distance runner’s build.(’cause he actually is a long distance runner) So not overly muscular.

    What is their posture like? How do they usually carry themselves?

    He tends to stand in a lazy yet controlled manner. He walks and runs quite purposefully unless he doesn’t want to be seen in which case he kind of slinks along quietly.

    Your character has been seen on a “lazy day” (free from usual routine/expectations): what are they wearing and how do they look?

    He’d actually kind of look rather like that picture, slightly dishevelled. Clothes would be shirt, trousers and possibly a vest and/or wide belt. It depends on exactly how lazy he’s feeling and who is around.

    Do they wear glasses, accessories, or jewelry on a regular basis? Do they have any article of clothing or accessory that could be considered their trademark?

    He always has a knife or two about him and a small leather satchel. A rope hung from his belt or over his shoulder is common.

    Have they ever been bullied or shamed because of their looks? Explain!

    No. Because of his manners and actions, yes, but not his looks.

    Are they happy with how they look? If they could change anything about their appearance, what would it be?

    Perhaps he’d like to be more handsome. But also more ordinary. Being pale with dark hair can stand out at times. And if you could change his appearance more dramatically, he could be a completely different person. That could be useful, since a few too many people know him.

    And that is that.

    Beautiful People: Wil

    It’s time for the Beautiful People link up again. This time I’m going to interview Wil. He’s made an appearance  before, here, for Kendra’s Character encounters. That was quite a while ago though, and there’s more to Wil than you can get out of one appearance. In fact you’ll have to read the book when it’s finished. So without further ado, here’s the interview.


    “Okay Wil, it’s your turn to be interviewed for my readers.”

    He sighs, “Do I have to do this, mi’lady? I know I’m not the main character and I’d rather not tell everyone my secrets.

    “Yes, we’re doing this. Despite the fact you’re not the focus of the story, you are one of my favourite characters. Anyway I won’t tell Aydel, and I really doubt that the questions are about the stuff you don’t want her to know”

    “Who said Aydel was the one I’m keeping secrets from. It’s Mim, you know that.”


    “Alright, Mim then, if you insist. I won’t be telling anyone else in the book your answers. Now ont to the questions. Do you want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?”
    “Must I answer that?”

    “Yes.”
    “Well then I really don’t know. I’m not sure that I’d be any good. Women are hard to understand and easy to hurt. I don’t wish someone like me on them.”


    “What is your weapon of choice?”
    “I prefer the staff and the lasso. Blades can be too deadly, and are messy either way.”

    “What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone else, and why did you do it?”
    “Not saying.”

    “Well, I will then. It’s taking care of Elind and Mim. You tell them why.”
    “They needed me and no one else did.”

    “Have you ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?”
    “I have. I probably shouldn’t have, but he was being foolish and had hurt someone.”

    “I’m not going to bother asking you to tell them who ‘he’ is. Are you a rule-follower or a rebel?”
    “Neither. I don’t conform societally, but neither do I try to change the rules. Laws exist for a good reason. Armed rebellion is wrong.”

    “Are you organized or messy?”
    “Usually organized.”

    “What makes you feel loved, and who was the last person to make you feel that way?”
    “Come on, you can’t really expect me to answer that question.”

    “But I do.”
    “Well if you substitute valued for loved it would be easier. I like it when people actually listen, when they’re interested in what I say. Most people just don’t get the point and I wonder why I bother.”
    “What do you eat for breakfast?”
    “About the same as everyone else.”
    “Have you ever lost someone close to you? What happened?”
    Will grins.

    “Therin decided to go exploring on his own. It took me a couple of hours to find him. He’d fallen in a stream and gotten all wet.”
    “You know that wasn’t what I meant.”
    “Well it’s the only answer you’re getting.”
    “What’s your treat of choice?”
    “Silence. people talk too much.”

    “We both know that’s not entirely true. But that’s the end of the questions so I’ll leave you alone now.”

    Just so you know Wil has a fairly low opinion of himself, and he wasn’t in the best spirits at the time of this interview. In fact he probably never will be in an interview. I know too much and questions can be awkward. Someday I’ll have to post a snippet with him being his cheerful, courteous self.

    So what do you all think of the gallant knight of my story? (Not that Wil is an actual knight, in fact he is quite insistent on that fact.) But that’s a part he plays in my mind. 

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