Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Half NaNo Check-In Four and Tag

Last week I didn't write as much as I wished but... my stats for the week, from Sun to Sat are:

Word Count When This Piece of Craziness Began: 5,550
Total Word Count As Of Now: 19,557
Final Word Count Goal: 30,550
Daily Word Count Goal: (for last week) 1,500
Average Daily Word Count: varied widely  :)
Words Remaining: 10,993

And now the tag.  I do love tags!

~What's the name of your project? When did you first come up with the idea? And how long have you been working on it?
The Three Kyngdoms is the name of the series.  I'm still trying to come up with a satisfactory name for the first book.  I'm not sure when exactly the idea first came to me.  I have been fascinated by Arthurian Legend for many years and I'm the type of person who always wants to know what happened after the story.  What happened to Camelot after Arthur and Mordred's deaths?  Sometime in the last three or four years, the idea to tell the 'rest of the story' came, and here I am!  I've been officially working on it off and on for about two years.

~Sum up your novel in five words or less.

Unexpected paths.  Quests, battles, friendships.

~Who is your favorite character?  Tell us about him or her.

It is a tie between Astrophel and Seren.  Astrophel is the heir to the throne of Camelot, descended from Arthur.  He has been secretly trained as a knight, he is chivalrous and brave, but he is also shy and reserved.  Until recently he had no clue that he was anything other than the son of Sir Antor.  (Though he did suspect he was adopted.  I mean, wouldn't you if you were the only black haired, brown eyed child in a family of blonds?)
Seren is the sister of the heir to the throne of Cambria and also the heir to the position of Brynhildr, leader of the Valkyrs.  She is one of the best swordfighters in the three kingdoms and also one of the best horsewomen.  She does struggle with feelings of unworthiness and "Why me?" questions.

~Where does your novel take place?  What time period?

The land of 'Britain', known in the novels as Brythonia.  Time period, um, still trying to figure out the exact number of years since it is fantasy, and not historical fiction, thus it is set another world and not within the history of our world.  I'm pretty sure it is about the five hundredth year of the Dark Age.

~Do you have a theme song for your story?  What is it?

Several really.  One of the main ones is There's A Place For Us by Carrie Underwood off The Voyage of the Dawn Treader soundtrack.

~What's been the hardest part to write so far?

The filler scenes.  As in how to get from scene A to scene B.  I have to keep reminding myself to let go of my perfectionism, this is just the first draft!

~Which chapter was your favorite so far?

About the third chapter, when Caie and Astrophel formally meet Seren.

~Can you share one of your favorite snippets?  (One you haven't shared on your blog already.)

Choosing favorites is always hard.  :)

Then will she..." Seren broke off as a voice whispered,
"Drifa, I'm thirsty."
"Me too," a second voice whispered.
Everyone around the fire turned to the doorway into the main room.  Two boys in their early teens crept quietly in.  When their eyes fell on their older siblings they broke into surpirsed and joyful smiles.  Mindful of Helga's finger on her lips, they silently flung themselves at Seren and Llewellyn, greeting them with exuberant hugs.
"What are you doing up?" Rhianon hissed.
"We were thirsty," Berwyn told her innocently.
"You stayed up to be able to see Seren and Llewellyn," she accused.  Berwyn maintained his innocent face but a guilty flush stained Cadoc's cheeks, albeit his eyes danced with fun at the success of their stratagem.
"Well, we are thirsty," Berwyn protested.
Helga pointed to the bucket of drinking water by the back door.  "One drink for each of you.  Then it is back to bed and no more sneaking down or you will remain in the house all day tomorrow."

~Are any aspects of your story drawn directly from your own life?  Give us an example. 
Some of the relationships most definitely.  And certain details of many of the main characters come from my own experiences or those of people I know.  For example, I can certainly empathize with Astrophel's reserved character.  And his unwillingness to trust, even himself at times.

~Your main character gets dumped into a big city in the modern era (or if you're writing a contemporary work, he/she gets dumped in medieval London).  How does he/she respond?
I have four main characters so I'll just pick two, Iorwerth and Seren.  Iorwerth would be saying, "Oh, this is interesting, I wonder what it does?  Or this?"  Seren would constantly be checking around for traps or enemies, and thinking, "This is bizarre."

~Who's the funniest character in your story? Tell us why! Give examples! Support your argument.  :D

Well, Caie is pretty funny.  He is somewhat of a ladies man, with a quick tongue that sometimes gets him into trouble.

Astrophel reined his horse in, "Easy, Gwynt," he murmered.
"Tan is restless, too," Caie shifted in his saddle.
Astrophel patted Gwynt's neck, "They smell the forest."
"So do I," his brother's eyes gleamed.
Astrophel glanced sideways at him, "You're just eager to see that elven maiden again."
Caie tossed him an impish grin, "Guilty."
Astrophel shook his head in disgust.

And Llewellyn is always trying to liven life up for everyone else.  Sometimes Seren helps him, sometimes she lets him do the trouble making alone.

~If you were forced to eliminate a character from your story--just wash them clean off the slate--who would it be?

Arrgghhhh!  Way too hard a of a decision to make!  Um, probably one of the elven princes or princesses.  I wish I could leave out Achradina (an elven princess) but she is necessary for one of the subplots.

~Do you plan on writing a sequel to your novel?

At this point I am planning for a series of six books.

Miss Melody Muffin


  1. Ohhhh!!! Interesting!!!! Caie sounds rather funny indeed!

  2. The snippets are so fun... :D And the inspiration behind the story is super cool. :) I find it definitely intriguing. XD

  3. Kendra
    Thanks! I'm really enjoying writing Caie. :)

    Katherine Sophia,
    Thank you! Interesting how inspiration comes sometimes, is it not?


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