Thistledown Hiatus 4, Research Tangents, #NaNoWriMo

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hello everyone.  National Novel Writing Month* has begun.  As you may have guessed, I wrote most of this post ahead of time, so I could give as much toward that nearly impossible word-count goal as I could. I’m a slow writer as it is.  Writing 50,000 in a month, when I am rarely able to write on a workday… Gulp.  So far my word-count is deplorable. 

This is my weekly update (along with a link to a past segment of Thistledown below.) As I wrote this I was researching away, in hope of preventing myself from jumping on a research-geek tangent when I should be writing.  That research would be because of my part-time narrator for The Skull of the Alchemist. 

Skull of the Alchemist Cover 1

Those who have read Atonement, Tennessee* know that Lilith the cat narrates the part of the story that the heroine can’t witness.  I want to take a similar tack for this new novel, with a part-time narrator.  To fill that role, I’ve chosen a fearsome critter!  A jackalope. 

He begins as a clockwork creature that Copper created, though she first meant him to be a cat.  I feel the need to connect him to the clockwork animal on the cover, and that looks like a cat to me.  So the jackalope, to his embarrassment, occasionally meows…

I spent last Saturday, figuring out just how I want this character to look for the majority of the story, how he came to look that way, and what to name him.  I’m also thinking about all fantasy, alchemy, and whatever else causes his existence and behavior to make sense to me — his clockwork workings.  So, now you’ve met one of the characters for The Skull of the Alchemist. Or at least you know him as well as I do at the moment.  Here’s his picture.

Jackalope Superstition Mountains

For those of you who are new, or just want to review the faery serial, Thistledown — Midsummer Bedlam, here is a link to episode four.

Thanks for visiting.  Hugs on the wing!


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55 thoughts on “Thistledown Hiatus 4, Research Tangents, #NaNoWriMo

  1. I think anyone who blogs has a lot to write and do. . .but authors who do the novel in a month amaze me, Teagan. I will try to stay caught up.
    My brother Randy likes creating steampunk sculptures. He would think this cover was creative and fun. 🙂🌻

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    • That’s fun to know, Robin, about the sculptures. The “base” photo of the cover really inspired me (I made some changes and then added the skull). That artist had several cool compositions.
      After it turned out that the plot I planned had already been used (and in minute detail too!), my planning was plopped. It’s pretty much fallen apart. But I’m still, slowly trying. It won’t be the good quality draft I hoped for, but I’ll keep going.
      You’re very kind to catch up here. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Hugs!


  2. You’re on a fantastic journey with this, Teagan. I was wondering about all the damage that Jackalope could do with those horns. My curtains and carpets would never be the same – nor would my ankles if I got on the bad side of him/her. You’ve created a wonderful new creature. NaNoWriMo is having a positive effect on your creative cogs. Keep them turning.
    Hugs to you.

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    • Oh, thank you so much Hugh. Work drains the ability to do anything from me, so I’m woefully far behind. You gave me an image there. 😉 Jack has a “wonky” horn, so curtains might be a hazard… and maybe Cornelis needs to watch is backside if he doesn’t watch his mouth. LOL.
      I need to put “Venus” back in my head as my writing soundtrack for today (I took leave today). Loved your post about that. ❤ Huge thanks for visiting, my friend. You lifted my spirits.

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  3. A jackalope will make a great narrator, Teagan! A rabbit with horns could indeed be fearsome. I volunteered at a wildlife center as a youngster, and one of the critters I fed in the afternoon was a large male rabbit. One had to be quick opening the door and putting the feed in, as he would attack. I’m not sure what his story was.

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    • Oh my goodness! I had a little bunny as a pet and he became very aggressive. They blamed it on hormones, so I can well imagine your reaction. Jack is of course altered by some alchemy gone awry, as tends to happen with Cornelis (if you were around for that serial). So hopefully he won’t get unmanageable. 😉
      Many thanks for visiting. Hugs on the wing!

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    • You are so kind, Kirt. After your cool post today, maybe I’ll figure out a way to take them to Chichen Itza. 😀 I would have to resurrect Cornelis’ dirigible I guess… But my 3 things for this afternoon are: Meersham pipe, Shovel, and Treadle sewing machine. If I have the energy to write after work that is. I was too preoccupied to write during lunch, so I’m checking a few blogs in stead. Better get back to the grind. (I think i’d rather be stuck halfway up Chichen Itza…) Hugs.

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    • Hi Andrea. I appreciate this feedback. LOL, the jackalope has nothing on your squirrel with “street cred.” 😀 Sometimes I wonder how my sense of whimsy will come across. I am so very far behind on the word count. Thanks for the luck — I sure need it! Hugs on the wing!

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    • Judi, it’s great to see you. If I gave you a giggle, I’ve done my job! I’m glad you approve his cuteness, because I’m already fond of him looking the way he does (the heck with accuracy of a mythical creature). Funny though… I meant the jackalope to be comic relief. But as I’m writing the first act, he seems to be the grownup of the group. 😀 Many thanks for visiting. Hugs on the wing!


  4. LOL… hey — it’s my fantasy world and if my jackrabbit looks like a bunny, then that’s just how they look there. 😉 Although… If you want to make a photo of a jackrabbit with antelope horns and a desert mountain background, I would be delighted to use it. (Grins and wriggled eyebrows) Bwahahaha!
    Litocranius would be a fun name. Happy Caturday to all the kitties, Tim — and happy weekend hugs to you and Laurie.

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    • Thanks Olga — I need that luck on every front.
      I’d very much like to live in an “artist community” like Wimberley. Funny that all of them are so expensive… no wonder the “starving artist” concept got started!
      Jack is fun to write. Although I’m not sure if he will be as outrageous as Cornelis is in my mind. Cornelis is kind of hard to top.
      Your constant encouragement is treasured, Olga. I know you have some of the same kinds of things happening. I hope all is well in your world. Hugs on the wing!


    • I am sorry that you understand that so well, Robbie. 🙂 But you seem to know exactly what I mean. It really annoys me when the workday drain continues into a day off… (eye roll). I hope to get back on track today. Thanks for the encouragement, and for taking time to read and comment. Hugs on the wing!

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  5. I just love the whimsy of your writing and imagination. Lilith worked well in Atonement TN and I can imagine a jackalope will work great here. And how wonderful that the creature is made up and…meows. Ha ha. Love it. Happy Writing!

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    • 😉 Thank you Mary. When he first came to my mind, I wanted to have him begin telling the story, but not let the reader know (for a minute) that he was other than human. So I called him Jack… for the “duh!” moment when you see what he really is. I know it sounds corny and unimaginative, but I wasn’t able to move on to another name. I can always change it later… but I am liking the unimaginative corny name. Hugs!


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