It was more fun that I’d expected adding a stubborn little hoyden of indeterminate age to the regular cast. Although I find her nearly as annoying as Toryn does, I have to admit it’s pretty fun writing her. She rarely sits still and her calculating brain is constantly concocting plots to get herself what she wants. She sometimes seems like a younger version of Alyn, but I think even as a child Alyn exhibited more maturity than Lyryn seems capable of, although in reality she is quite capable–she just doesn’t want to grow up. It’s boring, and not even her unrelenting crush on Toryn can persuade her to stop behaving like a selfish child.
She is wary of Brydon and treats him with respect, possibly as gratitude for his willingness to allow her to accompany them in exchange for her assistance. She doesn’t quite know what to make of him and seems to know–as children often do–that there is something about him that is different. She prefers to wait and watch before deciding if his other-ness is a good or bad thing, and will ultimately decide when she can weigh it on the scale of what he can do for her.
(Photo of Thylane Blondeau gakked from the internet without permission and holy hell was it hard to find a tween girl that wasn’t gazing seductively at the camera or made up to look fifteen years older. Quite horrifying, not gonna lie.)
I know it’s been like a million years or so since I posted, but I really want to continue this, so here we go!
Jace is one of my favorite characters in the Gauntlet Series and one who undergoes the largest transformation. He is a very solid character in the first book, secure in his belief, knowing his purpose in life, and having an easygoing, friendly, and unstressed world view. When Brydon first meets him, Jace is the full-fledged version of what Brydon hopes to one day be: a knight-priest with no doubts in his faith or his own abilities.
In the second book, Jace has an experience that no only shatters his faith but also completely alters his personality. He learns that even the strongest foundations can be shaken, and he becomes almost unrecognizable to his friends. Although they stand by him, they long for the man they once knew and hope for his eventual return. As the third book progresses, it remains to be seen if that is even an option.
I was doing so well posting weekly until I failed one week and then it all went to hell. I either need deadlines or competition to accomplish anything, apparently. Even so I managed to motivate myself into finishing something by resisting the urge to work on a NEW THING until at least one of the OLD THINGS was done.
Anyway, I finished a book which has no title yet and it’s off to a few pre-readers for pre-reading prior to sending it off again for editing. But at least the initial writing part is done! Woohoo!
The new thing is a young adult horrorish book that was inspired by my daughter. It’s very fun to write!
And I really need to finish the Gauntlet series. Whyyyyy is that one eluding me?
My laptop died earlier this week. Thank goodness for Dropbox or this would be a post of bitter, bitter tears of woe. As it is I don’t think I lost anything. At least nothing novel-related.
HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!! ARE YOU EXCITED? I AM!