The Happy Version

Listening to: “Long Drive Home” – Say No More

Every Time We Say Hello:

A school that functions more as a gentle bootcamp or prison. It is the place for the magical dropouts, losers, damaged/mending, erratics, rebels, and no-hopers. Also a convenient place to keep hybrids and underage unwanted underrealmers. And after a baseball league of nightmare gods escapes to terrorise the world, it’s the only safe place to be.

I have characters, who are pretty cool. The main is a witch named Jennifer Ebb, called by her last name like most of the students. Exceptions to this casual naming system are those who complain (even agitators get bored of that childish annoyance), those whose first names simply “fit” better, and those who stand out. For example, Noel Eglemore is a scrawny wizard who looks like a wet matchstick. He is called Noel by silent unanimity. While Lucasta Lovelace, an idealistic succubus, gets called by either name, both together, and a few  unrelated and unsavoury things. There are some malicious kids, but they tend to stick into at least small groups of fairly close friends, especially since some of them are stuck at the school literally for life. Some of the lifers are actually envied because they know they won’t ever be leaving.

The idea is that the school is safe because narrative imperative generally rules the main characters’ school be under attack, and that is lame–but mostly because nightmare gods don’t like nexuses of chaos. (which means they can’t stand each other, free hint.)

Negative note: Does any of this matter? No. It is a school that involves magic, and that’s where the keyword-minds land and stop.

 

How Fire Works

Shoe is an orphan lucky enough to be born in a world where no child is left behind. But, quite unintentionally, he often leaves the world behind. He helps a young woman named Salugi do the same, and she brings him into a group that explains his blackouts by showing him his true power.

While writing Vesi Vanhin Voitehista, Shoe became a dynamic character, with a lot of implied history of his own, and with the other characters. Through Taivuttaa’s eyes and even his own, he also gained the most mystery and charm. Telling his story would go a long way to developing the world, the war, and the characters.

Negative note: It may just be trying to take a once-popular character who ought to be a supporting actor and giving him an expositionary lead.

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