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Character Interview: Orsa Lars

Orsa is the sweet old lady of The Last Assassin… And also a suspect for murder. I love keeping my audience on their toes with her, because I love her and I love the possibilities with her.

Orsa: *comes in and gracefully takes a seat* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Orsa: I’m doing well. How are you?

Interviewer: I’m fine. A bit tired. Shall we begin?

Orsa: *nods once* Of course.

Interviewer: What is your name?

Orsa: Orsa Anise Lars.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Orsa: Fifty-three.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Orsa: I had an older brother, Aren. He died a couple of years ago.

Interviewer: I’m so sorry. What happened?

Orsa: His heart failed.

Interviewer: I’m sorry to hear that.

Orsa: *nods, looking pained at the memory, but composed*

Interviewer: *waits a moment* Do you mind if we go on?

Orsa: Not at all. *smiles a bit*

Interviewer: *nods* What is your job?

Orsa: I’m the high steward of Kaloris.

Interviewer: And what does a high steward do, exactly?

Orsa: I’m the king’s most trusted advisor, and when he’s gone I’m in charge of things.

Interviewer: It sounds like a weighty job.

Orsa: It is, but I’ve been at it for quite a few years.

Interviewer: I’m sure you do an excellent job of it. Next question, are you an introvert or extrovert?

Orsa: I think I’m right on the line between the two.

Interviewer: Do you know which one you lean toward?

Orsa: Probably introvert. I tend to be rather reserved, observant, and analytical before I know someone.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Orsa: Lamb.

Interviewer: Favorite color?

Orsa: Maroon.

Interviewer: What is your favorite book?

Orsa: The Adventures of Florencine Lily. It’s one I’ve enjoyed since I was a girl, and it’s what got me into herbs and spices.

Interviewer: So you enjoy those?

Orsa: *nods* I’m the leading specialist of herbs, spices, poisons, and remedies in the Kaloran court.

Interviewer: Interesting. What is your favorite animal?

Orsa: I don’t have one.

Interviewer: Is there a job you’d rather have than the one you have now?

Orsa: *shakes head* No. I’m happy where I am. If I were to get another job, though, it would be as a healer.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies, aside from herbal things?

Orsa: Singing, playing flute, and reading.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Orsa: Intelligence, with the bravery to use it well.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness.

Orsa: In a way you sometimes have to be selfless to be honest. Sometimes being honest would bring down someone’s opinion of you, and you have to lay aside your pride to be honest.

Interviewer: True. What is something you can never leave the house without?

Orsa: My herb bags. You never know when you might need them.

Interviewer: *nods* That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Orsa: You’re very welcome. *leaves*

Weekly Writing Update – December 2-9, 2017

Getting back into the swing of things after my trip has been hard for me, so the following update isn’t going to be very pretty, but at least I’ve written some of what I needed to in the past week. Also, I have a blog schedule announcement: I’ll only be posting one short story this month, because I have to write 18 separate from the blog already and it’s just too much for me to take on. I promise they’ll be back in January!

December 2 – Word count unknown

I haven’t the foggiest idea what I wrote on the second, if anything. I’m fairly certain I didn’t write anything, since this would have still been on my trip and cousins would have been keeping me busy.

December 3 – 818

This was the day I started one of my Christmas-gift short stories, a satirical fairytale retelling that is now the beginning of a series of short stories, which I plan on publishing as an anthology in February. I also posted a survey for my readers, to help me improve my blogging and Facebook page schedules for 2018.

December 4 – Word count unknown

I’m fairly sure I didn’t write anything on Monday, but I could be mistaken.

December 5 – 2,098

I’m not entirely sure what I wrote on the fifth, but it was definitely one (or more) of my Christmas-gift short stories, and judging from what I have finished, likely the one I started on the third.

December 6 – 1,682

On Wednesday I looked at the results of the survey I posted and ranked the lists according to your votes. (You can still vote if you’d like, FYI.) I also finished one of my Christmas-gift short stories, Out of Water, and made a timeline for that fairytale retelling series, The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles.

December 7 – 4,445

I think that’s inaccurate. I think I failed to copy things over on a past day and it got attributed to Thursday. My estimate is more like… 3,500? Maybe? I worked on a short story called Epidemic, which is another Christmas-gift short story. This one is related to my novel The Half-Elves.

December 8 – 468

Well yesterday’s writing was pitiful. I had nine goals. How many did I complete? Two. I decided on a new blog tagline and reorganized my 2018 goals schedule. That’s it.

December 9 – Undetermined

Well, at the rate we’re going… I had a choir concert fairly early this morning, so I’m tired, and I’ve been wasting my time since on scrolling through Facebook and deleting irreplaceable audio recordings of my sister and I. (Accidentally. I’m furious with myself.) I’m hoping to finish Epidemic today, which should be easy to do since I’m almost done… if I can buckle down and do it. I should do that. My goals for the last five hours before I go to bed (wow, that sounds like a long time like that. O-O): Write and schedule several blog posts, finish Epidemic, write two additional short stories (both members of The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles), plan my Secret Santa short story. (I’ll try to return with an update in the comments at the end of the day.)

Quick Update

Hello everyone! I’d say I’m sorry I haven’t been on, but that would be weird because my scheduled posts have been going up for all of the two weeks I’ve been gone, so it doesn’t seem like I’ve been gone. Posts or not, I’d like to give a quick update on what my plans are for writing in the near future and stuff like that.

My trip

Over the past two weeks I’ve been at the beach with my aunt and uncle and cousins. I thought I’d be able to easily handle my cousins because my younger siblings are so nuts, but somehow my cousins managed to be crazier. Fortunately, I managed to survive. (They weren’t as awful as this makes them sound, I promise.)

I got to go to the beach for the first time, which was super cool. I saw it as writing research (you know you’re a writer when…), and since I’m writing a mermaid short story for one of my sisters for Christmas that was really nice. The beach is actually really fascinating in a number of ways. The patterns in the sand were way cooler than geology class could ever be. Just saying.

The food was excellent, I did a lot more than I usually do, I stayed up way to late and was exhausted by the time it was time to come home, I got to hear my uncle’s thoughts on his first time watching The Lord of the Rings (which was amazing), and I had a chance to read Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, which I’ve been really wanting to read for a while since I love both C.S. Lewis and mythology. (Till We Have Faces is a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, for those who don’t know.) I found it on my aunt’s shelf, so I read it while I was there.

Plans for near-future writing

My nearest project is to write seventeen short stories in the next ten days. Yes, I may very well be crazy. I expect I’ll be super stressed and have a ton of fun, and since I’m getting them all printed it’ll be super cool to hold them as physical books, even if they’re just short stories and they’re super skinny and I won’t even be keeping them.

I have a lot of writing planned out for 2018, too, and have since about the middle of last month. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick to the plan, and if all goes well I’ll be publishing House of Mages in March and various short stories throughout the year. My first 2018 publication will most likely be a collection of the short stories I write this month (and a couple I wrote last month), which will be a total mishmash of genres.

In closing

Another thing I’d like to have finished either this month or next month is finalizing a style and schedule for my blog and a schedule for my Facebook page in such a way that it is more beneficial to my readers. That in mind, I’ve made a survey for my readers to tell me what they’d like to see and what they’re not so crazy about on those platforms. If you’d take a couple of minutes to fill it out I’d really appreciate it. :)

Anyway, I’m happy to be back and excited to get to work on my next projects.

Character Interview: Alleyn Everlind

Alleyn Everlind is king of Roenor and father of Detren Everlind. He’s Detren’s role model at the beginning of The Shadow Raven, and his son is a lot like him.

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Interviewer: Good morning, King Alleyn. How are you?

Alleyn: I’m well. *shakes the interviewer’s hand and sits down* How are you?

Interviewer: Doing fine. Shall we get started?

Alleyn: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Alleyn: Alleyn Detren Everlind.

Interviewer: Ah, so your son was named after you.

Alleyn: *nods* My wife loved the name and wanted to name him after me.

Interviewer: It’s an excellent name. How old are you?

Alleyn: I’m thirty-eight.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Alleyn: I have a sister, Damson.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Alleyn: I’ve always considered myself an introvert, though most would assume I’m an extrovert. I’ve trained my self to be more extroverted so that I can more comfortably interact with the people, but I prefer the peace and quiet and smaller crowds.

Interviewer: That’s interesting. What’s your favorite food?

Alleyn: Steak.

Interviewer: And your favorite color?

Alleyn: Dark red.

Interviewer: Is there a job you’d rather have than the one you have now?

Alleyn: I don’t know. Being king is stressful, but I like having the opportunity to help each other like I do. I don’t know that there’s something I’d be excited enough to trade it for.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Alleyn: I don’t have much time for hobbies. When I do have time, I tend to play the piano.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Alleyn: Bravery. The others are important, but they’re slightly lower.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Alleyn: Selflessness. Honesty is a very, very close second.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Alleyn: This may sound trite, but a good attitude. I go out and interact with people. It’s hard to interact with people and leave a good impression as king with a bad attitude, and it makes both parties feel good when they’re able to be nice to each other.

Interviewer: *nods* Good advice. That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Alleyn: You’re very welcome. *shakes the interviewer’s hand and leaves*

Character Interview: Prynn Nemea

Prynn is one of the semi-main characters of The Shadow Raven. She’s Detren‘s cousin, and she does her best to keep him steady as he becomes king.

*****

Interviewer: Good morning, Prynn. How are you?

Prynn: I’m doing well. *smiles* How are you?

Interviewer: I’m doing all right. Shall we begin?

Prynn: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Prynn: Prynn Cantara Nemea.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Prynn: I’m sixteen.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Prynn: No. But Detren is something like a brother.

Interviewer: What is your job?

Prynn: I don’t particularly have one. I’m the daughter of a lord and lady and the cousin of a king. There’s no special title for me, and I’m still in school. So I guess the most fitting thing to say would be that I’m a student.

Interviewer: Do you enjoy school?

Prynn: *shrugs* It’s neither enjoyable nor awful. I tend to prefer reading on my own to reading about how mountains are formed.

Interviewer: *laughs* Well, reading is always good. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Prynn: I’m an introvert, but I love people. I love talking to them, getting to know them, taking care of them when they need it, stuff like that.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Prynn: Hmm. I like a lot of things. Freshly baked bread is always good. I also like plums.

Interviewer: And your favorite color?

Prynn: Dark purple.

Interviewer: You mentioned you like to read; what is your favorite book?

Prynn: Moon of Gold. It’s a more fantastical story set in the same world as Detren’s favorite, Soldiers of the East.

Interviewer: I’ve heard that one mentioned a lot around here. What is it about?

Prynn: It’s set in a desert with a lot of competing countries and divisions with opposing views and values. Soldiers of the East focuses on the Eilram and the Pastyna Regiment, the former of which works for a war-focused country and the latter of which works to preserve peace and justice against the Eilram’s rampages. There are others, though, that focus on other aspects of the world. Moon of Gold takes place in the theocratic country that’s at odds with the war-centered country. It’s hard to describe in short terms, but they’re really interesting.

Interviewer: They sound fascinating. They seem popular, too.

Prynn: They are fairly popular. I think it’s because the world is deep and you always feel like there’s always more to know.

Interviewer: Those are always the best worlds. I guess we should probably move on. Do you have any ideas of what job you might want to have after school?

Prynn: I’m considering becoming a healer, possibly specializing in childbirth.

Interviewer: You seem to really care about people, so I think you’d be good in that role.

Prynn: *smiles* Thank you.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Prynn: Reading and piano, mostly. I also paint, on occasion, but those two are my main hobbies.

Interviewer: What traits do you look for in a potential husband?

Prynn: At the moment I don’t, but if I were looking… Someone kind and generous, a believer in Abba, and someone willing to stand up for what he believes in.

Interviewer: All good qualities. Which of these is most important to you, in general: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Prynn: Bravery. All of them are excellent traits, but bravery is probably the most important.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Prynn: That one’s a tougher choice. Probably honesty, but selflessness is a very close second.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Prynn: Some sort of hairpiece. If I’m going out I don’t want my hair constantly in my face.

Interviewer: Thank you for your time. That was the last question. I enjoyed talking with you.

Prynn: You too. *smiles* Thank you for the interview. *heads out of the room*

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