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Today:

— Renamed most of the major characters. Again. But maybe these names will stick.
— Rewrote the interlude. Again. But I’m happier with it.
— Filled out complete character study sheet on the father character.
— Did 500 words on the next chapter.

The naming of things is very important to me. The names have to look right, sound right, have the correct meaning, just a whole compilation of things. I’ve renamed the characters for this book twice now. And while I think I’m going to keep the latest version, I reserve the right to change my mind. (^_^)

Name Description Meaning
Hikaru Female fox fairy To shine, to glitter, to be bright
Norihiko Male fox fairy Hero
Junichi Evil Taoist sorcerer Little wise one
Masato Evil warlord Sacred person
Taiga Father Big river
Iwao Son Rock
Kayoku Iwao’s wife Unselfishness

Character stuff is always interesting to me. I use a form similar to this one. I remember once having a conversation with a couple of friends of mine who are also writers. They both write page-turning, plot-driven stories. They were amazed at this chart, and couldn’t imagine filling one out for every single character. But that’s how I write.

Mike’s gone for the week — he’s observing in Hawaii. I plan on really getting back into the swing of things while he’s gone, exercising every day again, as well as writing. I’ve let everything slide for far too long. Admittedly, there’s been a *lot* going on, but I’m hoping to separate better, at least for a while. At least long enough to be able to write every day again.

Hope all is going well with each and every one of you.

ETA: I forgot my PSA!

Go here. Really. It will make you happy. Chocolate with lavendar, or infused with Earl Grey Tea. See? Aren’t you happier already?

Comments (8)

  1. Chocolate!

    you are an evil evil woman! I like that in you!

    Have you actually tried them out? I’m always a little leary of webstores until someone else tries them first. (Something I learned from penguins, when they want to know if it’s safe to go in the water or if there’s a killer whale or shark in there waiting to eat them, they will gather at the edge of an ice flow, shuffle about and bump into each other until someone falls in. If that one gets out alive, they’ll all jump in!)

    BTW, you know what’s really great with 70% or higher dark chocolate? Old Single Malt Scotch! (Does this mean I’m evil too? 🙂

    • Yes, I have tried them out. They’re a really good company. I’ve always received fresh chocolate, their packaging is recycle-able (they put a credit on your card if you ship it back to them) and they use shippers who deliver on SUNDAYS (even to po-dunk Wyoming.)

      And I was aware that dark chocolate goes great with scotch. I have some 85% cocoa stuff that I usually have with the glenmorgie. . .

  2. Chocolate!

    you are an evil evil woman! I like that in you!

    Have you actually tried them out? I’m always a little leary of webstores until someone else tries them first. (Something I learned from penguins, when they want to know if it’s safe to go in the water or if there’s a killer whale or shark in there waiting to eat them, they will gather at the edge of an ice flow, shuffle about and bump into each other until someone falls in. If that one gets out alive, they’ll all jump in!)

    BTW, you know what’s really great with 70% or higher dark chocolate? Old Single Malt Scotch! (Does this mean I’m evil too? 🙂

    • Yes, I have tried them out. They’re a really good company. I’ve always received fresh chocolate, their packaging is recycle-able (they put a credit on your card if you ship it back to them) and they use shippers who deliver on SUNDAYS (even to po-dunk Wyoming.)

      And I was aware that dark chocolate goes great with scotch. I have some 85% cocoa stuff that I usually have with the glenmorgie. . .

  3. I don’t think I could fill out that chart beforehand. After a draft, once I’ve learned about them through the experience.

    —L.

    • Whereas I’m an outliner — I have to know just about everything before I start writing, particularly the ending, otherwise I won’t finish.

  4. I don’t think I could fill out that chart beforehand. After a draft, once I’ve learned about them through the experience.

    —L.

    • Whereas I’m an outliner — I have to know just about everything before I start writing, particularly the ending, otherwise I won’t finish.

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