Wednesday, October 20, 2021
It Isn’t Black and White
Welcome to my sanctuary, everyone. Sit back and get comfortable. I’m feeling a little off kilter, but not bad. Maybe that’s because I was thinking about “black and white” and all the gray areas that surround it. (That’s odd, considering how much a physically need color around me.) The slide show above includes some of the black and white images I made for the interior of various “Journeys” in Dead of Winter. Some of the characters in that epic fantasy are gray… certainly not heroes, and yet not all together evil.
Often ending a character isn’t black and white either. Maybe I’m just shallow, or maybe it’s because my life’s history, but I don’t like it when characters die in TV shows, movies, or in books. I rarely “kill off” any character in my stories, good or evil. However, as I wrote Dead of Winter, I saw that necessity for one particular character. It wasn’t for drama, or for any “literary” purpose. Now, ten years later, I still can’t describe how, but I knew it was necessary.
This wasn’t one of my favorite characters, so I have no idea why it hit me so hard. It just did. I sat and cried the whole time I wrote the scene. I blubbered half the day after, and then again every time I went back to edit it. Like I said, I don’t know why.
Basically “we are what we are” when it comes to characters dying in stories. However, I am more interested to know how you feel about “gray” characters. How ambiguous can they be without fully becoming a bad guy? Do they add a bit of intrigue? Or are you someone who likes sharply defined black and white? One mindset is not better or worse than the other. I’m simply curious to know what you think.
In other news, author Teri Polen’s yearly October festival of horror and suspense is still going strong. Click over to “Bad Moon Rising” for a fun interview with a different author every day of this month! I’ll be there on October 29.
I love to hear from you, so friendly comments are encouraged. Thanks for spending part of your day here. Hugs on the wing!
Dead of Winter — All the Journeys
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Journey 10, Pergesca
Journey 9, Doors of Attunement
Journey 8, The Lost Library
Journey 7, Revenant Pass
Journey 6, The Fluting Fell
Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls
Journey 4, The Old Road
Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
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