Beautiful People #21 // September Edition

Cait over at Paper Fury has this really cool link up and blog post and I thought I’d join in! Today I’d like to cheat just a tiny bit and introduce you to both my NaNo WriMo protagonists for this year.

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How did you come up with these characters?
Think a genderswapped Lancelot and Guinevere story. Melora is a Knight in service for her sister, a Priestess, who has arranged a marriage to a young dragon shifter in order to secure her power. Melora is charged to deliver her sister’s bridegroom safely and a forbidden romance ensues. Melora was also named after the only female Knight of the Round table. I wanted to toy with a world where women hold the power and men are the oppressed, so came about the concept of dragon shifters whose magic can be taken.

Have they ever been starving? Why?

Blythe has lived an incredibly sheltered life as the son of a powerful Priestess, but Melora has gone hungry more than once during war time.

And what did they eat to break the fast?
Melora would have most likely gotten food in the form of hard army rations. Like I said, Blythe doesn’t know what it’s like.

Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?

Blythe is insecure, but he is very wise and far more intelligent than he’s ever been given credit for. Melora is a competent, skilled warrior and a great leader. She also knows it, but tends not to advertise the fact.

middle-ages-1434434_1280List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.
Blythe loses his temper at one point over being treated like a child and another time over someone being killed unnecessarily. Other than that, I think cruelty would most offend him. Melora cannot stand incompetence or people who won’t accept responsibility for their actions. She also does not tolerate hypocrisy and gets into a shouting match with Blythe in one scene because of it.

What is their favourite type of weather? Least favorite?
Melora likes the rain because it reminds her of her husband’s homeland. She dislikes bright days because her father was murdered and her husband committed suicide both on bright days. Blythe likes all weather and finds something to love in all of it. Although the humidity irritates his skin and makes his body want to shift.

What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?
Blythe was actually written with the INFP/Healer personality in mind–kind, introspective, and prone to daydreaming. Melora is written as an ENTJ/Fieldmarshal.

Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?
Melora tends to address the present with thoughts of the future, but she doesn’t really…freak out. Ever. Blythe focuses more on the present because that’s his personality. He’s good for Melora that way.

sunset-691995_960_720What is their favourite thing to drink?
Blythe would be more of a coffee addict, I think. Melora briefly sank into alcoholism after her husband’s suicide, so I guess she likes anything that won’t tempt her off the wagon.

What is their favourite color? Least favorite?

Melora has no favorite color, but she prefers sensible, utilitarian colors. Blythe on the other hand loves greens and blues as they remind him of the forest.

What is a book that changed their life?
Spoilers. 😛

Would you like to join in? Answer the questions below for posting on your blog and add your link here!

  1. How did you come up with this character?
  2. Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?
  3. Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?
  4. List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.
  5. What is their favourite type of weather? Least favorite?
  6. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?
  7. Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?
  8. What is their favourite thing to drink?
  9. What is their favourite color? Least favorite?
  10. What is a book that changed their life?

Writing Update: April 2016

Writing this blog post is, in great part, a procrastination tactic for the arduous task of blurb writing. What blurb, you ask? Why, the blurb for the sparkly new, remade cover edition of The Secrets of the Vanmars. After more than a year, it is at last making its way into the world. Cue the celebratory dancing!giphy2I’ve been working on this baby covertly off and on for the past few months weeks. I just didn’t want to announce anything until I was sure I would be releasing it. But as soon as I get a workable version of the blurb, TSOTV mark 2 is off to the printers for final proofreading. The revamped cover reveal is April 22nd of this month and assaulting shelves May 24th. I am consuming semi-toxic doses of caffeine and writing like mad to make sure this happens.tumblr_nk306n7l7o1qdjpm4o1_500The third book’s re-release (and first-ever print release) should be emerging around late July (cover designer’s schedule permitting). If  everything works out with the designer and if I don’t drop the proverbial ball, I will get the fourth book out in December. (And yes, I know that’s the one you all actually want.)giphy5Daindreth’s Assassin is now officially querying to agents (yay), but the Fanged Princess novellas are on hold for the moment. I wanted to have the fourth novella at least partially drafted before I released the third, but Haddie is not being cooperative. Ideally, I’ll be releasing that third novella before the end of the year, too. (Yeah, yeah, I know you’re thinking “she said this last year.” Kindly don’t remind me.)giphy8It only seems fair to tell you the whole truth of why my writing has been so slow lately. Is this not the girl who boasted 3k quotas per day? The fact is that between my obsessive workouts, day job, school, and taking care of the clan, things have been pretty rocky. Also, I’ve been struggling for months now with some icky emotional stuff that I won’t whine about here, but that’s been a huge part of my slacking. And come fall, I will be moving out on my own for the first time (into a dorm, but still) and with that comes the impending student loans along with the realization that I’ll be 21 this year. giphy7So that’s your update. Now back to that damnable blurb and my latest Creative Writing essay…

Writing Update and Other News: May 2015

Me seated before my laptop, listening to my writing music before writing.

Me seated before my laptop, listening to my writing music before writing.

Boo! Elisabeth here. I really need to stop making a habit of dropping off the face of the earth, but that’s what happens when a book release runs smack into midterms piled on top of a car accident (more on that in a moment) and then finals. But despite all that, I am still writing. Lord, yes, I’m writing.

On the Argetallam Saga front, we just had a wildly successful Facebook party to celebrate the re-release of The Key of Amatahns. It was a complete blast and I’d like to thank everyone again for showing up and hanging out with us. The Secrets of the Vanmnars is undergoing editing and cover design and should be making it’s big splash in the next few months. Yea!

My seven newest adoptive children.

My seven newest adoptive children.

The day before the big party, I went book shop hopping (it’s like bar hopping, but far more awesome) and brought home these new friends. Upon finding them, my middle brother proceeded to pick them up one at a time and read the final lines out loud. Since he values his life, he quickly stopped, but is almost excited as I am for when I’ve finished them and can tell him all about what happened.

That Epic Fantasy Romance quintet I’ve been (not-so) covertly working on is now at five books and I’m writing the last in the series. It seems I am a sucker for assassins and princes and demons and all that. I just can’t stop. At this rate, I’ll be working on the planned spinoff series before I graduate. (For better or for worse.)

I highly recommend "The Jackal of Nar" by John Marco to anyone seeking the emotional equivalent of a wood chipper.

I highly recommend “The Jackal of Nar” by John Marco to anyone seeking the emotional equivalent of a wood chipper.

Speaking of school, I was on my way to it just over a week ago when my half-ton truck argued with physics and physics won. Long story short, my baby has been totaled and I did cry, but no sentient beings incurred harm in the accident, so that’s the good news. I also have finals starting today, so that’s some bad (terrifying) news, but I have lots of writing and a good (gut-wrenching) book to get me through it.

I’ll be heading up to the Olympic Peninsula this week to visit relatives and I’ll hopefully finish the last book in that assassin series and get back to editing The Secrets of the Vanmars. Or the third Fanged Princess novella or maybe drafting the later books in those series. But it will be related to them, I know that, so good news for all you fans! As for me, I love Amira, but I’m very much looking forward to getting back to Haddie and Janir!