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Acknowledging your Characters

November 24, 2014

Hi everyone,

Since there isn’t much to talk about in regards to news, I’ll get right to something that I finally accepted into my writing psyche.

I used to think of my characters, minor and otherwise, as people who passed through and told me their stories. In reality, they are people who come, tell me their story, and live with me. Some choose to leave, while, others set up shop. I know that sounds weird, but if you think about it, you are their creator, and why wouldn’t they affect you? I knew at the beginning of Sword of Earth that each character was a part of my personality, and I disrespected my main character.

How? I didn’t think I needed to research her world, except for what I needed for the story. In reality, I needed to write notes or something. I wouldn’t though. I did a little bit. I tried to draw what they looked like, but it didn’t work. It took me three years, and almost loosing my art and writing to realize this. I finally wrote Maidenhood Sign in response to this. I have finally acknowledged that a sixth character, my antagonist needed to be acknowledged. Her name is Kamisha Shotke, and she is my dark side. Writing her story, which will be a series of short stories will be a challenge, as I strive to focus on God. In doing this, I have finally been able to pick up a pencil and draw again and begin to write. I am beginning to feel whole again.

So what’s going on now? Well, I am going to start writing more of the Elementals’ history and looking into their world. Maidenhood Sign has been sent to Podcastle For their Artimis Rising event in February. I should know by Christmas Day at the latest if it has been accepted. If this story isn’t accepted, I will start a part of my website dedicated to the Elementals’ stories.

So, my advice to you is respect your characters, no matter how minor they are. Even if you have a servant with only a bit part in your novel, you can respect them by writing a blurb about them, describing them, their uniform, or their history. Anything that will help you. You never know, they may assert themselves in another way.

So, my advice to you is to make sure you know your characters, even a little; they are your friends, even the bad ones. They won’t hurt you. Until next time, may your journeys be safe; take care, and God bless.

PS. Feel free to comment on my posts. I would enjoy talking with you about my writing, or my art. I would also like to know if you want me to write about more topics. If so, what are they?


Gardening and Writing – An interesting Connection

May 28, 2011

Well, another Spring has come, and with it a chance to get into my character’s past life before her family was killed in a fire. Today I transplanted my Russian Tarragon plant into a bigger pot and planted some spinach as well as snow peas in my container garden. On Tuesday, I am going to be planting a bigger garden at our community garden. I do love digging into the earth both for its ups and downs.

For the ups, I love getting the veggies, but I wouldn’t like to be like Aylanna and her family. They would have to grow enough to last the winter. That is kinda the idea for me, although I don’t have to. I have the farmer’s market and Save-on-Foods if I want, even though it’s not. I’m hoping to cut down the veggie budget this winter.

I’m going to take a look at the rhubarb in the next day or two as well. Hopefully, some will be ready to pick and stew. That would be wonderful. That’s one of my favorite things to have in the summer along with some toast in the morning. I wonder, what would Aylanna like in the morning. Fruit and toast? Bacon and eggs? It’s something I haven’t thought about yet, and I should since she is on the road now.

I’m still on chapter 3, but it has been busy lately, and now with the community garden starting up, it’s bound to get busier. So, for all you writers out there, (or aspiring writers), what does your main character like to eat for breakfast? It’s an interesting connection – gardening, breakfast, and writing, but they need to eat too!

Until next time, God bless you.


March 2, 2011

Well, ok., not really. There was a fire in my neighborhood, but it didn’t affect my home. It did get me thinking about how they might have fought (or didn’t fight) the fire in Sword of Earth, my book. I wrote in the book Horsemaster’s house had burned to the ground; would they not have put it out? So I have been thinking about it and doing some searching. I think I was right because it wasn’t until the 1800’s when they figured out a way to fight fires using machines.

While I was doing the research for that, I came upon some information on the history of food. Did you know that the main meal was eaten during the day in medieval times? It was. We couldn’t imagine doing that.

I also am thankful that I wasn’t born in medieval times…I sometimes wonder why I have a fascination with them. (Probably because of the type of books I have read.) In the middle ages, there were arranged marriages of children as young as 12-14!!

So, the fire’s now in a different place…I’m shocked; I will have to make the world a little more humane in my book. Until next week, may God bless you.