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.
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.
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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