It’s Saturday morning, and I’m about to start the rewrites for the day. I’m so happy to have a weekend — it’s the first one I’ve had in a couple of weeks. The plan is to write lots during the day, then go out at night. Tonight I’m going to mistymarshall‘s birthday party (Happy b-day sweetie!) And tomorrow I’m getting dressed up and going to an Academy Awards party. Should be good fun.

I posted a values questionnaire and then went and interviewed some of my characters. I had a few surprising responses. I’m not going to say who said what, but I found the answers extremely illuminating.


One of the things that I found very interesting was my characters’ opinions about their parents. These are the children of important people, kings and such. If they were thinking about their own personal situation, of course the parent would be more important than spouse, children (unless the child was the only heir.) It got a lot more messy when they tried to give their opinions about parents in general, as well as a lot more wistful — parents who weren’t theirs, idealized parents. Those answers won’t mean a lot to anyone other than me. But it was very interesting.

So here are some of the more insightful answers, I found:

How old is old enough to have sex? When you’re old enough to understand getting your heart broken.

How old is old enough to fight in a war? If they’re big enough to swing a sword, they’re old enough to wield it.

How old is old enough to fight in a war? Only old men should fight in wars. Young men should be required to stay home and take care of the land. If only old men did the actual fighting, there wouldn’t be many wars.

Is swearing wrong? Only if your mother (or grandmother!) catches you.

Are men and women basically different? Yes. Women are better.

Does magic exist? Duh

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