changeyourstars8: (aphrodite)
Full outline of Atmidos: A Steampunk Story of the Greek Pantheon is done! Going to start writing on it tomorrow. I'm thinking of working on Atmidos on Tuesday afternoons, Pale Moon on Wednesday afternoons, and clay work can be done over the weekend.

Day 15

Jul. 18th, 2011 10:05 am
changeyourstars8: (Aphrodite)


Tracie Thoms
Jodi, from Pale Moon


She was ten when her older sister Sarah was killed in a convenience store robbery. Their parents have always hated the idea of Supernaturals. Even after their child was killed, they couldn't cope with the idea of what she is now, hate the thought of her being 'stuck' between worlds-- and so they've never been to visit. Jodi, however, moved to an apartment less than a mile away as soon as she turned eighteen, and when Elspeth bought the former convenience store a couple of years later to start her coffee shop, she immediately applied for a job as a waitress. She and Elspeth are the only two Normals on staff.

Also cast as:

Eris, from the Greek Pantheon series
The Goddess of discord, strife, and rivalry, she delights in a good game of Torment the Humans. When that begins to bore her (she does enjoy playthings that don't die quite so quickly), she turns her attention to her fellow immortals. She and Ares are best friends, largely because they're the only ones who can stand each other's company for more than five minutes. It's one of her schemes that sets the second Olympian war in motion. She couldn't be more proud.

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Day 15

Jul. 18th, 2011 10:05 am
changeyourstars8: (Default)


Tracie Thoms
Jodi, from Pale Moon


She was ten when her older sister Sarah was killed in a convenience store robbery. Their parents have always hated the idea of Supernaturals. Even after their child was killed, they couldn't cope with the idea of what she is now, hate the thought of her being 'stuck' between worlds-- and so they've never been to visit. Jodi, however, moved to an apartment less than a mile away as soon as she turned eighteen, and when Elspeth bought the former convenience store a couple of years later to start her coffee shop, she immediately applied for a job as a waitress. She and Elspeth are the only two Normals on staff.

Also cast as:

Eris, from the Greek Pantheon series
The Goddess of discord, strife, and rivalry, she delights in a good game of Torment the Humans. When that begins to bore her (she does enjoy playthings that don't die quite so quickly), she turns her attention to her fellow immortals. She and Ares are best friends, largely because they're the only ones who can stand each other's company for more than five minutes. It's one of her schemes that sets the second Olympian war in motion. She couldn't be more proud.

Day 11

May. 30th, 2011 09:47 am
changeyourstars8: (Striptease)
((I haven't forgotten about this meme, really))

Today's entry is in honor of the fact that this character really started talking to me again this weekend, and now he and another character in Pale Moon will have their very own prequel! Not sure how long it's going to be yet-- probably novella length, if that-- but I'll be putting it up as a freebie download once I'm done with it as an introduction to the universe.


Naveen Andrews
Alan Bishop, from Pale Moon


Part of the cleanup crew at Abigail's. He keeps odd hours, which Elspeth puts up with given the whole 'vampire' thing. Nobody's exactly sure how old he is, or when he was Turned. He doesn't say much, thinking that keeping to himself will get people to leave him alone. Instead, it seems to flip a "I can change him and he will love me forever!" switch in some of the clientele.


Also cast as:

Xavierre, from Stealing Time
He took on a job as a Guard as a favor to his best friend. While something like that works out in a small, nonviolent village, being assigned the same post on a spaceship where everybody hates everybody else and there's a murderer lurking somewhere on board doesn't go so well. He does the best he can, but truth is he'd rather be in Temple or flirting with his longtime friend, Maia.

Poseidon, from the Greek Pantheon series
He's long suspected that Zeus rigged the contest that left him in charge of Olympus, while Hades was sent to the Underworld and he himself was basically banished to the ocean. He just doesn't care much, because he prefers to be far away from there. Given the minor river Gods always vying for more territory, the nymphs' constant practical jokes, and Circe insisting on continuing to turn random sailors into animals no matter how many times he's lectured her about it, he's got his hands full. He didn't even know about the first War until a few weeks after it was over. Unfortunately for his peace of mind, he's not going to be able to stay out of it this time around.

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Day 11

May. 30th, 2011 09:47 am
changeyourstars8: (Default)
((I haven't forgotten about this meme, really))

Today's entry is in honor of the fact that this character really started talking to me again this weekend, and now he and another character in Pale Moon will have their very own prequel! Not sure how long it's going to be yet-- probably novella length, if that-- but I'll be putting it up as a freebie download once I'm done with it as an introduction to the universe.


Naveen Andrews
Alan Bishop, from Pale Moon


Part of the cleanup crew at Abigail's. He keeps odd hours, which Elspeth puts up with given the whole 'vampire' thing. Nobody's exactly sure how old he is, or when he was Turned. He doesn't say much, thinking that keeping to himself will get people to leave him alone. Instead, it seems to flip a "I can change him and he will love me forever!" switch in some of the clientele.


Also cast as:

Xavierre, from Stealing Time
He took on a job as a Guard as a favor to his best friend. While something like that works out in a small, nonviolent village, being assigned the same post on a spaceship where everybody hates everybody else and there's a murderer lurking somewhere on board doesn't go so well. He does the best he can, but truth is he'd rather be in Temple or flirting with his longtime friend, Maia.

Poseidon, from the Greek Pantheon series
He's long suspected that Zeus rigged the contest that left him in charge of Olympus, while Hades was sent to the Underworld and he himself was basically banished to the ocean. He just doesn't care much, because he prefers to be far away from there. Given the minor river Gods always vying for more territory, the nymphs' constant practical jokes, and Circe insisting on continuing to turn random sailors into animals no matter how many times he's lectured her about it, he's got his hands full. He didn't even know about the first War until a few weeks after it was over. Unfortunately for his peace of mind, he's not going to be able to stay out of it this time around.

Day 9

Apr. 19th, 2011 05:52 pm
changeyourstars8: (Jensen)

Matthew Gray Gubler
Danny Evans from Pale Moon


Danny is the latest addition to the waitstaff at Abby's. He put “Normal” on his application, but it comes out-- given that it's kindof hard to hide the fact that he's always carrying a little cactus in his apron pocket-- that he's the child of a human man and a dryad. The fact that he carries part of his spirit on the outside of his body made him enough of an oddity that he couldn't fit in with the Normals at school, but it also didn't give him any 'cool' powers. He's been trying to learn enough to become a warlock, with mixed results (Elspeth says that while she understands his reasons, if he summons another horde of gremlins she's going to have to fire him).

He is so, so much fun to write, and he was one of the first characters to pop into my head when I started doing profiles for Pale Moon.

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Day 9

Apr. 19th, 2011 05:52 pm
changeyourstars8: (don't stop believin')

Matthew Gray Gubler
Danny Evans from Pale Moon


Danny is the latest addition to the waitstaff at Abby's. He put “Normal” on his application, but it comes out-- given that it's kindof hard to hide the fact that he's always carrying a little cactus in his apron pocket-- that he's the child of a human man and a dryad. The fact that he carries part of his spirit on the outside of his body made him enough of an oddity that he couldn't fit in with the Normals at school, but it also didn't give him any 'cool' powers. He's been trying to learn enough to become a warlock, with mixed results (Elspeth says that while she understands his reasons, if he summons another horde of gremlins she's going to have to fire him).

He is so, so much fun to write, and he was one of the first characters to pop into my head when I started doing profiles for Pale Moon.

Day 7

Apr. 13th, 2011 08:44 am
changeyourstars8: (donateJDM.org)


Paul Bettany
Patrick Bryant from Pale Moon


His spouse was also killed in the Werewolf Riots. Unlike Aiden, who was protesting against legislation that would allow Supernatural Detectors into public schools, his husband was there protesting for it. Patrick leaned toward David's side of the argument, but wasn't really involved until after the Riots. He hangs around Abby's a lot because he thinks sooner or later he'll get Elspeth to listen to him, to agree that things would be a lot less painful all around if Supernaturals and Normals stayed away from each other.

Day 5

Apr. 9th, 2011 11:18 am
changeyourstars8: (Haunted)

Jasmine Guy
Elspeth Jansen, from Pale Moon


Elspeth's husband was killed in the Werewolf Riots of 2003, leaving her with a child to raise and a business to run. When she and Aiden started their coffee shop, Abby's, it was just an everyday hangout, though the sign "ALL types of customers welcome" signified that they wouldn't turn away a witch or two so long as they were polite. After Aiden's death, Elspeth turned Abby's into a 24-hour business and tacked up another sign, forbidding the use of Supernatural Detectors on her property. This brought her under fire from various Normal Rights groups, and now her business relies almost solely upon Supernaturals.

Day 25

Sep. 15th, 2010 11:57 am
changeyourstars8: (Calvin and Hobbes)
25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

Yep!

Connor from Redemption has a cat named Charlie. Connor adopted him when he was an adult cat, and he has issues from a previous owner. He somewhat tolerates Connor, but if anyone else comes into the house, their ankles are fair game.

Thiare from Karavan has three kittens. In her universe, strays at space ports are a huge problem; people will make impulse purchases while visiting a planet and then leave the new pet behind when they realize how much work it is, or they'll dump litters because they figure with so many people passing through, someone will take them in. That 'someone' would always be Thiare if she had the time and room.

Abigail from Pale Moon has a giant squirrel (it's a long story).

And I just realized that out of the common domestic pets, none of my characters have a dog. I should rectify that. I like dogs, but I've always had cats and I'm much more familiar with their brand of oddball aloof affection.

Day 24

Sep. 11th, 2010 04:03 pm
changeyourstars8: (I kill with my heart)
24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?

I'm willing to kill a character if I think it's necessary to the plot. To me, 'necessary to plot' means that it's unrealistic for a large group of characters to go through a situation like the one I've got them in with all of them making it out unscathed. Or if a character's in a seriously bad spot and there's no way to get them out of it and it's either kill them or come up with a deux ex machina, then they're toast.

I do specifically work on not killing one character just in order to motivate another. I hate the whole 'fridging' thing and when LOST started to do it is when I had to stop watching. And while I know that sometimes crappy, unexpected things happen in real life fights, I'm not much for Death As Gritty Shock Value either ((I'm looking at you, Serenity)).

It also partly depends on the universe I've got it set in. There'll probably be more death in the Pale Moon universe, with its vampires, zombies, werewolves, banshees, and all the accompanying inter-group battles than there was in the We Were Strangers universe, which was at heart a kids-style fantasy story.

As for interesting ways to kill someone: I did have someone attacked by a Demonic Creepy Thing and then thrown out a window in In the Darkness Find Me.

Day 23

Sep. 6th, 2010 10:15 am
changeyourstars8: (Default)
23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

It so, so varies. Redemption is a story that's existed in my head in one way or another for about six years, and I'm only now really figuring out how it's going to work. In the Darkness Find Me, on the other hand, was probably a year or less? I had a dream about one of the main scenes in it, woke up and wrote it down, and the rest of the novel followed quickly-- helped that it was more a novella than a novel. :-)

I've got an alternate-reality series planned, but it'll be a while before I start on that, and while I've started on Pale Moon it might be a little bit before the book's ready, largely because of time. And I'm trying to get more organized with which project I'm working on when, so that I can get books put out probably around once a year or so instead of having fifty pages done on four different projects.

And speaking of projects done-- Jia's Charms should be available for purchase by November 1!! Going to put it out through Lulu, and I'm also going to try having it available on the Kindle.

Day 22

Sep. 1st, 2010 04:55 pm
changeyourstars8: (Stace by Warsheep Productions)
22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you've never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.

Well, there is the fun little conversation where Stace and Simon discuss the finer points of attack strategy.

And I've got a scene in mind in the Pale Moon universe where an agoraphobic alien gets into a heated argument with her spaceship.

I don't know; it's easy to think of stuff I haven't written but a lot harder to remember scenes that I haven't discussed with somebody. :-)

Day 21

Aug. 30th, 2010 01:52 pm
changeyourstars8: (Crysta)
21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?

Several of my characters have kids-- Lauren has Ivy and Kae; Rick has Kaveri; Geneva has Ian; Elspeth has Abigail; Maia has Darshana; Durai has Mairi. I think I write the younger kids pretty well-- in the ones Kath and I work on together, she's helped me with the older kids because so far I've spent a lot of time around kids from infancy to age 2.

Word Count

Jul. 4th, 2010 04:54 pm
changeyourstars8: (Garcia)
Pale Moon:

 
8,800 / 50,000
(17.6%)

Day 10

Jun. 30th, 2010 12:08 pm
changeyourstars8: (Calvin and Hobbes)
10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!

Well, I've got an upcoming scene where a guy has to deal with aliens crash-landing in his backyard. Stace got chased around by a mutant wasp-thing and got trapped in a flour bin (the perils of only being 4 inches tall). Rohan tries to go back in time one hour and ends up skipping decades. Thiare adopts large hostile predators like most people would take in kittens. Sera goes on a walk on a hiking trail and ends up traveling to another dimension.

I'm sure there are more, but a lot of these things don't really stand out to me because even though they're objectively weird, they make perfect sense in the context of the story.

Day 8

Jun. 27th, 2010 04:51 pm
changeyourstars8: (Elphaba and Fiyero)
8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

To write: Different kinds of fantasy-- Sci-fi fantasy (Karavan, Stealing Time); Urban fantasy (Pale Moon); Traditional fantasy (Memories of Her Singing); Romantic fantasy (Jia's Charms). Also YA (Eight Ruby Slippers for Charlotte) and horror (In the Darkness Find Me).

To read: Horror novels and short stories, fantasy, some true crime.

Day 5

Jun. 24th, 2010 09:49 am
changeyourstars8: (Stace by Warsheep Productions)
5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?

Youngest character-- Anori from Karavan. She's 5.
Oldest-- Elizabeth from In the Darkness Find Me, who's over 100.

As for when I created them:

Youngest-- Anybody from Pale Moon, since it's my latest project.
Oldest-- The lady in my icon. :-) That's Stace from the We Were Strangers series; I came up with her in 1999. ((holy crow I cannot believe it's been eleven years o__0))
changeyourstars8: (Karavan's Dawn)
Found via [livejournal.com profile] apocalypsos:


1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.

And already, the questions are hard. LOL

I'm going to cheat a little bit and do one from my personal projects and one from stuff I've worked on with Kath.

Personal Project: At the moment, Pale Moon-- it's been interesting to do research for it (yay various supernatural beings!) and the characters have taken over my brain, so. Once I start working again on another project, my favorite will switch to that one, I'm sure.

With Kath: *points to icon* Probably Karavan. We've done series work before, but Karavan is the first real time I've worked on the kind of thing that I love to read: sprawling epic with a huge cast of characters. Though Stealing Time was great, too-- time travel! royalty! alternate realities!-- and Jia's Charms started out as just a simple romance and then turned into an awesome worldbuilding thing . . .

All in all, this meme was designed for someone more decisive than me. ;-)


Read more... )

Word Count

Jun. 19th, 2010 06:00 pm
changeyourstars8: (Spencer)
Pale Moon:

 
4,500 / 50,000
(9.0%)




Untitled Apocalypse Project:

 
47,000 / 100,000
(47.0%)




Memories of Her Singing:

 
75,000 / 100,000
(75.0%)

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