It’s the first week of NaNo and I’ll be turning my full writing focus on All Things scary.
The cover for my writer’s notebook for this WIP
Here is a working blub ~
The fragile peace between the Elf nations of Crencher is crumbling. With the murder of the Final Judge, the furies terrorize the lands, seizing any they feel have done wrong. Maeko, the honest one, is next in line to become a Final Judge but never before has one so young been chosen. She sets out to complete the five perils to proof she is ready to assume her purpose with her guide De, the virtuous one.
Maeko and De not only have to survive the five perils but also stop the witch, Eduvigos. Once every nine thousand years the seven moons of Crencher a line. This is the only night Eduvigos can destroy the barrier holding her prisoner in Granli.
I spent October developing a solid cast of secondary characters that will force my main character, Maeko down the path she needs to travel. So now it’s time to meet Maeko – the honest one. Here is a ‘working’ picture of Maeko
Maeko – one of those with a ‘purpose’. Only she has to survive the 5 perils and a vengeful witch to live it
She lives on the Island of Purpose which is off the coast of Brooly.Maeko is the youngest elf to ever receive the Sword of Truth (in her hand in the picture). Before she can assume her role as the Final Judge to the furies, she must complete (and survive) five perils. ** I’m not sure what the perils are going to be – some ideas (again I’m pantser NOT a plotter)**
As one with a purpose (this is explained in the book), she has unlimited use of her magic.
This is Maeko’s GMC sheet ~ this will be added to as the story develops. Tomorrow, I’ll share how I developed Maeko’s GMC.
- This will go in The All Things Scary notebook
Every week after Church, we have a Sunday Brunch. So I thought I would start sharing some of my favorite things… Some recipes will make more – brunch size and some are just ‘side’ dishes like this weeks…
Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins
What you need ~
- 1 ¾ cup flour (I use a mix of whole wheat and white)
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup sugar (I always scrimp on this amount)
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
What you do ~
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, oil, egg and milk until well mixed.
Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin tins half full. Place 1 teaspoon jam on top.
Cover jam with enough batter to fill muffin cups ¾ full.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
Place melted butter in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.
While muffins are still hot, dip tops in butter and then in cinnamon/sugar.
Makes 10 muffins
I’ve been tagged in the Tag You’re IT blog hop. I in turn tag three other authors and invite them to answer the same questions for their Monday blogs. They then tag 3 more authors, and so on and so forth till it’s one great big giant Tag-Along! Sound good? Here goes!
1. What are you working on right now?
My NaNoWriMo project.
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
It has NO humans in it. The main characters (revealed on tomorrow’s blog) are elves. My world is populated with dwarves, goblins, and trolls as well. I also did ‘a lot’ of planning – for me. Every Monday and Wednesday for the month, I have developed a character or a place.
3. Why do you write what you do?
I love to totally create something. In fantasy I’m introducing the reader to a world he/she has never been to before. I need to ‘show’ them the types of plants, flowers, and trees that make up the landscape. What creatures inhibit this world? Is there magic? What is the religion system? All these things are mine to create.
4. How does your writing process work?
I’m a pantser but I’m very visual so I usually collect pictures of things I want to draw off while I create. Now while I don’t do any real planning, I do take TONS of notes while I’m writing so I have several different note taking systems I use depending on the type of WIP I’m working on.
UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale) by Chanda Hahn
Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crushes life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it’s next fairytale victim.
To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.
I loved this book. My daughter loved book (she read it in a single night). The plot in unique and the characters are all very likeable. I do have to say there was one twist that I didn’t see coming at all and the ending is very much a draw to book 2.
My 13 Favorite Fantasy books/series/authors (in random order):
- The Enchanted Forest Series by Patrica Wrede
- Hero’s of Olympus series by Pich Riordan
- The Wheel of Time (books 1-4) by Robert Jordan
- The Runelords by David Farland
- Chronicles of Necromancer by Gail Z. Martin
- The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
- Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn (which will be my Feature Friday book this week)
- Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George M. Martin
10. Lord of the Isles series by David Drake
11. King Killer chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
12. The Farseer trilogy by various authors
13. The many Shannara books by Terry Brooks
I can’t wait until November 1, I’m really excited to start this 🙂
The next secondary characters for All Things Scary are Furies.
The Furies, who are usually characterized as three sisters (Alecto, Tisiphone, and Magaera) are the children of Gaia and Uranus. They resulted from a drop of Uranus’ blood falling onto the earth. They were placed in the Underworld by Virgil and it is there that they reside, tormenting evildoers and sinners. However, Greek poets saw them as pursuing sinners on Earth. The Furies are cruel, but are also renowned for being very fair. Female spirits who tormented evil-doers, particularly those who had committed some crime against a family member. When Theseus and Peirithous tried to abduct Persephone from the Underworld, her husband Hades tricked them into sitting on a bench to which they became permanently attached. Then he unleashed the Furies on them.
The Furies are going to be my last ‘major’ secondary characters. My Furies are also going to be sisters – different names. They are going to be a supreme force over all of Crencher EXCEPT Granli and the Land of the Dead. Like with Greek Furies, they are going to be a bit on the cruel side but it is done in the name of justice. Currently, the Furies will be the reason one of my main characters begins his quest.
The Furies are going to have a ‘floating’ castle of sorts in the middle of the large lake that is on the Kontar, Lukti, and Brooly broader. They will seek out those who have committed – or are believed to have committed – awful crimes. The Furies will bring them back to their castle for ‘questioning.’ Only the Furies can access the castle.
I’m still working out what the Furies will look like. I do know that they will have magic which is how they travel throughout Crencher. What their source of magic is yet, I’m not sure.
I’d love to hear how you would twist the Fury mythology to fit into your story.