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Beautiful People: Mim’s Childhood

Hi everyone,

This is a rather rushed post because I just got back from an amazing camp last night and almost forgot about my blog.

I’m doing Beautiful People again, this time about a sweet red-haired brigand girl named Mim.

What is her first childhood memory?

  The time her half-sister Elind arrived in tears and started living with them permanently.

What were their best and worst childhood experiences?

  She has fond memories of harvest feast in the town where being poor didn’t matter. And also the time when she was given a new dress. The worst time would be just after her mother and uncle died of the coughing sickness. She and Elind almost starved before Elind finally gave in and married.
What was their childhood home like?

  A ramshackle cottage on the outskirts of the town of Jarrah. it was a dirty noisy place, often dangerous too.
What’s something that scared them as child?
  The men that her uncle would hang around with.
Who did they look up to most?
  Her mother. She was a wonderful woman who always made things come out alright and kept Mim safe.  She wouldn’t let people impose on her.
Favourite and least favourite childhood foods? 
  Favourite food is pies; least favourite is watery soup. 
If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?
  She would have had a father.
What kind of child were they? 
  She was very wild adventurous and warm-hearted. Making friends, but scaring their mothers.
What was her relationship to their parents and siblings like?
  She loved and then missed her mother, feared her uncle and never knew her father. Elind was almost a second mother, but she saw her as being weaker than her own mother. Her other half sister was someone she barely knew existed and never wanted to meet.
What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
  She hoped to become a maid and work herself into a better life. She became a brigand instead.
And that’s the basics of Mim. If you ask me any questions in the comments I’ll answer them for you.

Camp NaNo Recap, I’m writing a sad book

Hello everyone,
I hope you didn’t miss me too much last month. I actually enjoyed the break from blogging a little (Enough that this post is late), but I’m glad to be back again.
I just managed to reach my goal of 21,000, without too much hard work. Last July I had a goal of 18,000 and wrote 20,139. I wrote about one third by hand and just under a third was brainstorming and notes. Since I hadn’t had enough time to plan before hand, I allowed myself to count that.

I felt the writing was a little less smooth than it had been previously. Some days it was an effort to come up with something to write, but I know I didn’t actually spend as much time per day as I did last time. I love doing some of the writing on the computer. Those times happen when it’s evening and you’ve barely written anything, and when they do it’s much easy to catch up by typing. I haven’t given up on writing by hand though. I still love that too.

On the story development front, I really just got some important things fleshed out. I’ve still got a way to go though. I had been exploring the basic idea behind Girl of the Rumours for almost a year and a half when I started writing. Even then the story has changed dramatically throughout the first draft. This time I hadn’t thought about it a lot, until a month before starting.

I hadn’t thought about the mood of Lady of Courage much, but it certainly wasn’t supposed to be tragic. It still isn’t really, but I do plan to have some simply wonderful characters die. When I actually realized that I was going to make people very attached to a particular character and then rip them away I almost cried. But it has to happen for the story to go the way I intend at the moment. Of course since I haven’t actually written it yet, there is still a chance that they will survive, but it’s highly unlikely.

This month I’m planning to begin rewrites for Girl of the Rumours. I read thought most of the first draft on Monday. The beginning will need to be completely rewritten, because I’m changing a few characters and the way in which certain events happen. The layer parts however have some bits that I love and will be able to mostly reuse.

I’m not exactly sure how working on two books at the same time is going to work, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out. If any of you have some tips they would be very welcome.

How was your April? If you did Camp NaNo how did it go? I’d love to hear.

Beautiful People: Joane

I was looking forward to Beautiful People this month. Actually I have every time, but not quite this much. I don’t know why exactly. Maybe because I didn’t know what else to do.

On Monday morning when I went to starting writing this, Cait hadn’t put the questions up yet. I almost panicked. I hadn’t though of what else to say. I came up with a few ideas I wasn’t really excited about. Then I checked again, just in case it was there, and it was. So here we are.


Before I saw the questions, I had decided to do Joane, unless it was a special focus that didn’t fit her. When I read the questions I almost changed my mind. Not all of them really fit her. But then I realized that I might be able to show off her character even better.

What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off?

I was reading something about diversity in fiction and breaking stereotypes. I thought I ought to stick a few girls among my brigands. And quite a mixture of them. Tough girls, not just Maid Marian. I decided I wanted there to be one who lead the others, and was very bossy and not at all welcoming. A name sprung to mind, Joane Artyn. 
Ever since then she has grown in importance and changed somewhat. I think she is now one of the most dynamic characters in the book. And no, she isn’t based off anyone. 
Describe their daily routine. 

Wake up, grab something to eat if there is anything. Go scouting to check nothing is wrong. Come back and give everyone else their commands. Either go hunting for food, or try to catch something, or rather someone else. Call everyone but the sentries in for practice. Eat supper. If Nylf is around talk big plans. Stare out into the darkness for a while before going to bed.

If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?

There isn’t a high school around where I live and I know very little about them. She would be a tough girl, with a group around her who look up to her, yet afraid of getting on her bad side. Or she’d be a drop out.

Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives…

Nobles, most men, weak people, being forced to get by in the woods, Wil, Aydel, Mim’s superstitions, anyone who believes  the rumours of Lady Adlayda reappearing and saving them all.
How do they react in awkward silences?

By glaring at the other person and making them feel uncomfortable. Joane refuses to do awkward silences. If she doesn’t quite feel comfortable about something she did, that’s none of your business.
Can they swim? If so, how did they learn?

I’d never thought about swimming. I don’t think that proper swimming is very common. Perhaps bathing at the rivers edge. Joane would be able to swim a bit though. Well enough to not drown when crossing a river. The rivers aren’t all that deep though.
What is one major event that helped shape who they are?

Losing her mother. Or more the fact that she never knew her mother. Being brought up by an brigand certainly had a big affect on her.
What things do they value most in life?

Holding fast to her father’s legacy and keeping promises.
Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?

It depends on what they’ve done. If they broke a promise, never. If they were just unfortunate, maybe. 
No, she’s never fully trusted anyone and hasn’t had any problems from it so far.
Your character is having a rough day…what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?

Why do people think you need to be happy? If you’re upset with someone, you just work them harder and they turn out better for it. Being angry brings energy, which gets things done.

Yes, Joane certainly has some problems. That’s part of what makes her interesting. Besides, perfect people can’t improve, brigand maids can, though She wouldn’t agree. She wouldn’t consider herself to be a beautiful person and she isn’t exactly. Not in her outer personality at least, but deep down inside…

Well I don’t want to spoil the story for you. Anyway I do have a picture for Joane. It’s not perfect, but it does give an idea of her looks. Just imagine a quarter staff and leather padded armour.

I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I did writing it. If you were hoping I was going to tell you how my new project is coming along, it is. Very slowly though. I still don’t have names for characters but I have a whole lots of cool ideas. What do you think of having a wooden legged man who isn’t a pirate or a beggar, but a naval captain? I rather fancy it. It’s likely to be a very fine wooden leg given the setting.

I finally finished something.

In fact not just something, but the first draft of my first novel! Even though it’s terribly and will need extensive rewrites, I’m really excited. I’m done, for now.

Since I have written it all out longhand, I really don’t know what the word count is, but I estimate 76,000.Once I rewrite and edit it may be longer or shorter. I won’t being doing that for a couple of months though. I’ve seen recommendations to leave a book for a bit.

I finished on Sunday and the night before I had started freaking out a bit. ‘I’ve spent over 8 months working on this! Sure, I’d like to work on something else for a bit, but can I? can I really just stoping thinking about this enough to work on anything else?”

Yesterday I started my proper written planning of my next book. It’s going fairly well. I’m not having the adjustment problem I was afraid of. It’s still in the very early stages, nothing very concrete, no names or even appearances. If you want to know more, have a look at the ‘What I’m Writing‘ page.

I’m still a bit uncertain about what the title ought to be. Once I have other people look at it, I know I can get some advice, but for now I thought I’d have a poll.

  • Who to Trust
  • Girl of the Rumours
  • Maidens, Rangers and Brigands
  • Call of the Green Woods
  • Escaped from the Treehome
  • The Maiden and the Brigand
  • Dark-haired Girl
More polls: Free online poll

Of course some of them don’t fit so well, and most of you don’t really know exactly what the book is about, so I won’t just pick whichever one has the most votes, if you think you have any other good ideas or advice about starting a new novel, leave a comment.

Beautiful People: Arthen and Leisa, and sailing

It’s this time of the month again. The time when I tell you about my characters. Or rather the Beautiful People linkup. Because it’s February It’s romance themed.

The two characters I’m doing are are Leisa Rosir, and Arthen Stute. Both of them are secondary characters and their relationship isn’t a very important part of the story but it is there nonetheless. I was going to let them speak for themselves, but they are both rather quiet people and would just freeze up and not say anything in front of each other.

How did they first meet?

They knew each other as children, but they met again more recently when her father, Captain Rosir sent him with a letter for her mother. And also to stick around and be helpful in his spare time.

 What were their first impressions of each other? 

Arthen was surprised by how much Leisa had grown up since he’d last seen her. Also he noticed that she was much more dignified and restrained than her sister. She saw why her father had praised him for his steadiness, and that there was strength under his quietness.

How long have they been a couple? 

Well technically they’re not quite a couple, but they’ve been spending time together for a few months.

How committed/loyal are they to each other? Would they break up over a secret or a disagreement? Could stress drive them apart? Would they die for each other? 

They’re pretty committed. Her father is behind their relationship, so that’s a good sticking force. Besides, they do like each other. I think they’d get through secrets and disagreements and they’re pretty stressed at the moment. It’s bringing them together not pushing them apart. Arthen would die for Leisa and though Leisa doesn’t seem very brave, she surprises even me sometimes. So I think she would.

 List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)

This is a tricky one, but he knows she likes inventing new twists on dishes and hates wasting anything. She thinks his habit of sprinkling cinnamon into his drinks is really odd. (Yes, I did just make that all up on the spot.)

Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?  

Not really. Leisa’s mother is a little uncomfortable with any young man hanging around her daughters, but she doesn’t have anything against him. Aydel(her sister) doesn’t completely like him and think he’s making Leisa insufferably good at first, but she isn’t around for long and later she is quite happy about it.

What would be an ideal date? 

If things are ever peaceful again, they would love to just do some simple things together, go for a walk in a safe part of the forest, walk through a village and talk to the children. Those kinds of things.

What are their personality dynamics? Similar? Contrasting? Do they fight a lot or mesh perfectly? 

Arthen is stronger and wiser then Leisa and she looks up to him. Her desire to learn fits well with his knowledge. On the other hand He is a bit of a wanderer, while she is very domestic. When he goes off into danger, she worries. Or she would worry if she knew what he was doing.

What have been their best and worst moments together as a couple? 

The best times would be when he was repairing the roof and answering her questions about God’s word. And later praying together. The worst would be when there was a conflict between his duties and her needs. Details would spoil the story.

Where do they see themselves and their relationship in the next few years? 

Possibly married with children. Neither of them is quite sure how they think of the the other though, not yet at least. What they really need is a bit of danger to make them realize it though. Or time of course, but that’s not likely to happen.

I wanted to find a picture for each of them, but after much searching I still failed to find anyone who looks like Arthen, so I’ll just give descriptions instead.

Arthen, or Stute as I often call him, has mid-brown skin and dark hair and eyes. He has a small neatly trimmed beard, smiles when he is relaxed.He is of ordinary height, whatever that is and almost always where a broad-brimmed hat and dark green and brown clothes.

Leisa is fair and blond and often wear blue along with natural linen coloured clothing. He eyes are a fairly nondescript grey. She is not particularly tall.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about them. How do you manage romance in your writing? Front and centre? Hidden away in the back? Hate it entirely?

P.S. This post is late because I went sailing this morning. And because I didn’t write it ahead of time. Anyway, as I was saying, I got  to sail a boat, a catamaran to be exact. After drifting around in the bay for an hour and getting nervously close to some moored boats, Dad (who was in a different cat) came back and told us we needed to pull the sheet(sail) in close. After that we actually started getting somewhere on the odd moment when there was a breeze. Remember that, if you ever are sailing into the wind, pull the sheet in.

Just a Little Writing Update

I did quite a bit of writing this last week. Especially since I was participating in one of Faith Blum’s Words Wars. The idea is to write as much as you can over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It went something like this:

Tuesday- The idea I thought of on Friday is no good.(what was it anyway) Brainstormed for new plot idea so that my story could actually go somewhere. Got some kind of idea.

Wednesday- Continued thinking and writing about aforesaid idea. Came up with another idea. It didn’t really fit. Scrapped it. Came up with another good idea that goes in a different part of the book. Interesting, but not really helpful.

Thursday: This idea is good. Wrote about 800 words. Left it in the middle of a scene at bedtime.

Friday: Continued writing for half a page. I am completely lost again. What will I do? Wrote for half a page about what I do and do not want to happen. Stared at the page. Listened to The Very Serious Writing Show. Read for a bit. Realized there was a scene I had forgotten to write. Wrote it despite not being sure where it was heading. Then I decided to skip ahead to something I know happens in the middle of the climax. Wrote the words, “They were surrounded.” Decided I don’t actually know enough about what’s going on. Didn’t continue. Wrote a scene that goes somewhere after the scene I last wrote and also where I got lost in the morning. Realized another scene goes in between. Wrote it. Continued on writing from there. End of day, almost 2,000 words.

Saturday: Very busy. Wrote one page in the evening. Someone knows something bad is about to happen. I’m in the beginning of the climax.  But I still didn’t know how it all fits together.
Sunday: Leisa, why aren’t you warning them that it’s a trap  and why instead of just telling them to go for some stupid reason. This is getting a bit boring. Someone should attack her. Wow, Leisa is actually fast enough and smart enough to deal with this guy. But I still didn’t know what the urgent danger is. Last chance for them to escape. Leisa finally blurts it out. Wow, that’s a great idea. I wrote,”Awesome description here. Lots of  foreshadowing back there.” Most romantic scene in the book. Stuff happens. They run to the plain. No, that doesn’t make sense it’s a canyon. It’s really late at night. Time to stop. I write the words, “They were surrounded.” About 1,500 more words done.

Monday- Counted my words, started writing a new description for the book. Wrote most of this post.

And I’m in the middle of the climax, so it shouldn’t be too long till I’m finished. Then I’ll set it aside for a bit before I get to the rewriting, editing, and revising. And of course typing it into the computer.

Now in case you’re thinking that some thing seems wrong with my maths, 3,327 is the final amount for the three days. However the amounts above are my estimates based on 200 words per page. It turns out I only write about 180 these days.

Character Encounters: I meet Wil in Rizkaland

I’ve finally gotten to take part in Kendra’s Character Encounters. I want to do one long before I had a blog. Any way this month it’s in her beautiful world of Rizkaland which is now ten years old.

“Hello, Anna.”
I look up from my writing to see a young dark haired girl standing in front of me. “Hi, ah, are you one of my new neighbours?” I ask, “Wait, what did you call me?” No one ever calls me Anna outside of the Internet. 

“I’m Laura,” She says, pulling me out my camp char towards the bushes. “I’m taking you to meet a friend of yours.” 

“Wait, I – ” It’s too late. Colours swirls around me and then I am standing on purple grass with turquoise leaves waving above me in the wind. I quickly guess where I am. 

“Uh, Laura, are you sure you took me to the right place. I don’t mind visiting Rizkaland, but I thought you said I’d be meeting a friend of mine.” 

She smiles and nods. “I did, he’s just over there. Go and talk to him.” She takes a step backwards and disappears. 

Rather annoying of her, I hadn’t finished asking questions yet. I look around to see the person mentioned, a blond haired young man dressed in varying blues from his hat down to the tops of his boots. He has his head in his hands and seems to be muttering to himself. I approach cautiously. I don’t exactly know anyone in Rizkaland, and especially not anyone resembling him. Suddenly he looks up. 

“Excuse me, mi’ad. Could you tell me whether or not I’m dreaming?” He grins at me for a moment before frowning again. 

I lean against the nearest tree. No wonder Laura had said a friend of mine. He’s certainly no Rizkan.

“I don’t think you’re exactly dreaming, Wil. I might be, but not you.” 

A  puzzled expression comes over his face. “How do you know my name? For I certainly don’t know yours, mi’ad. And I didn’t understand what you just said. I surely am not awake. This place looks crazier that Adel’s fairy books. 

I smile nervously at him and sit down. “I am Anna, and I know you because I’m writing your story down. We’ve actually met before but I’m not surprised that you don’t remember it.” 

“What’s so great about my story? Why not tell the story of someone who’s done something worthwhile?” 

“Wil, you ought to know better than that. God doesn’t choose the greatest people. It’s not those who do the biggest things that are most important.” 

He shakes his head. “Well I’m certainly not doing anything big. You ought to know that. I’m certainly no one special. You should be telling Elind’s story. Now she has had what you would call big obstacles.” 

“I know Wil, I do know and I am telling her story. And I know exactly who you are too.” 

Eyebrows go up at that. “Who told you? Elind?”
I laugh and stand up. “No, not her. I’ve known longer than she has.” I spy Laura waving to me from the other side of a heap of boulders. “I’ll be going now.” 

He jumps to his feet. “But you only just got here. And you haven’t explained how you know so much about me. What else do you know that you shouldn’t?” 

I start walking away. “I know you are going to do great things and that your work will bring results.” 

“Is there anything you don’t know?” 

“I don’t know why you wear blue all of the time. Farewell, Wil. Go for a hunt, I’ve heard the Quaggleshump are good.” 

He bows slightly. “You fare well also, Maid Anna. And please don’t let Adel come here. She’d go mad with excitement. As for why I wear blue, I don’t think you need to know.” 

He sits down again in the same position as when I met him. 

I’m not sure that the meeting has been very useful to either of us. But even though I couldn’t find out his secret, I didn’t get tongue-tied either. And he didn’t seem to get too confused.

Not quite right, but Wil looks something like that. In blue of course. 

Also in honour of the ten years of Rizkaland and because she’s amazing, Kendra will have some of her books free between Christmas and New Year. Check them out, they’re great fun.

And you all have a blessed Christmas.

Beautiful Books + New Title

I noticed the Beautiful Books linkup and decided to do it. So, I have an extra post this month.


So I haven’t been doing NaNoWriMo, but I have still been writing. I’ll be talking about my story Restrained or Protected which I just renamed to: The Weaver and the Brigand.  (or possibly Spinner) This isn’t the only name I’ve come up with though. For a while it was The Maiden and the Brigand in my head, I have a document called, Her Outlaw Knight, and the exercise book I use for outlining stuff says: So Called Freedom. I really like that name. It just does not fit. 
(Edited much later: This book is now called Girl of Rumour.)
1. Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?
It’s becoming more complicated than I expected, but also deeper. I had an idea this week that adds a whole new layer to it. That’s why I changed the name.

2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
I really don’t have one. I’ve written many and at the moment I don’t like any of them. Most of the have something about a knight or prince in them though.

3. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?
I plan, but not in great detail. When I’ve made changes, I might make a note, but I won’t go and re-outline it.

4. What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?
Last month I bought myself Captivated, by Molly Evangeline. Next time I meet a goal, I’ll have to come up with something else.

5. What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?
I want them to be somewhat distinctive, yet simple. Most of my names have an anglo-germanic feel to them.

6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why? 
The beginning is hard to get right. Lot’s of interesting things things happen in the middle and I’m just at the beginning of the end. Which is fun, but i don’t really know quite where I’m going.

7. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
Right now it’s actually Adel, my protagonist. I was a bit surprised to realized that. Especially as every time I do a personality test with her, I get a different result. And when I think about it I’m not sure what makes her cool.

8. What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)
I’m just starting to research Roman-Britain. I suddenly thought that would be a good flavour to add in. I’ve got some books set there I’m planning to read. Weirdest things I research was about knocking people out and making sleeping potions.

9. Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?
Racing someone else can help me but I usually write alone. At the moment I’m keeping it to myself. It’s not quite at a stage I can share it.

10. 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!
I don’t really have any particular habits. Sometimes I listen to music. I really don’t know what time I write best. I write in all kinds of places. Either of my desks, sitting on the lounge, at the bench, outside. I’ve even ended up writing at the library and in the mall. That has worked well. None of the wrong kinds of distractions there. Well at the library I had a bag full of books and did get a bit distracted.
So that’s what’s happening with my writing. I’m having fun. I’m not stuck at the moment, but I’m rather busy and can’t get a lot done. At’s it’s probably terrible, but I don’t care, I can fix it later.
Over and out.

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