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Character in Depth: Karu

Posted by nightphoenix on May 18, 2015 in Novels, Process |

This is a series I hope to do more of. To pick a particular character from a story of mine and talk about them…where and how they were born/created, how their personality evolved, interesting facts about them, etc.

There are basically two ways that I come up with characters. The first is when I have the idea for a story first, and I need people to fill it. It’s starting with an entirely blank slate and purposefully making up a person who would best fill a particular role. The second way is when I start with a great idea for a character (or two), and I need a story and/or a world to plonk them down in.

The Grimms teenagers; Alayse and Issar from Tindaari; Laurel and Alex from This Chosen Fate; Jasper and Sanda from Fall. Reconcile (and Windwaker); Sarah from Ghost of Misty Lakes High; Leona from 134349; and Pandora are all main characters created to fit story ideas.

Saeli and Raphel from Seven Shades, Caleb and Fayna from Briar Rose; the entire main cast of Why Do the Lamps Burn Out?; Lily and Auru from Mask of Eldermarch; Arav and Sioned from Dog Prince; Miriam and Rane from Dragon Singer; Biana and Marcus from Mad Gaia; Stephanie and Cole from Lotus Beach; Ruth from Whither Thou Goest; Ash from Ghost of Misty Lakes High; the four teenagers and two Suoya from Sielu’suoya; Raethe and Eolissi from Reclaiming Uskelia; Zan and Xander from Dreamcatcher; the mice of Valkaria; the cats of Pharoah; Reia and Reena from Eagle, Falcon, Owl and Crow; and Eryndal from Eryndal are all characters that had stories sprout up around them.

You can see which method I tend to favor.

Characters that I don’t build from the ground up to suit a story all come from dreams, because I tend to live out wild, epic, intricate adventures when I dream. Sometimes I only remember snippets (Seven Shades), or the thrust of the romance plot (Dragon Singer)…and sometimes I remember the whole saga from beginning to end (Dog Prince). Such dreams always have me playing a certain role, sometimes more than one if I head-hop, and there are generally several other people participating in the story with me; characters I may or may not remember, or use later if I do.

Which is probably why I tend to come up with these character in pairs, or ensembles. Read more…

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A cycle of three birds

Posted by nightphoenix on May 10, 2015 in Art, Life, Music |

“don’t give me love, don’t give me faith wisdom nor pride, give innocence instead don’t give me love, i’ve had my share beauty nor rest, give me truth instead a crow flew to me, kept its distance such a proud creation i saw its soul, envied its pride but needed nothing it had” The first […]

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Musings of a frustrated agnostic

Posted by nightphoenix on April 12, 2015 in Output |

Ag·nos·tic aɡˈnästik/ noun A person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God. I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to hold a belief system that so few people […]


When the universe drops hints

Posted by nightphoenix on April 11, 2015 in Output |

I believe people are hardwired inside to look for patterns in life. I also think people who spend a lot of time nurturing their creativity tend to be especially good at this. Producing good writing, or good art, or music, or even doing things like software design or engineering…you have to take advantage of patterns. […]


What It’s All For

Posted by nightphoenix on January 6, 2015 in Process |

As the new year turns over, I find myself once again staring at this bit of cyberspace I call a blog and wondering what on earth to do with it. There are many options. I could do book reviews! Movie reviews! Post bits of my work! Writing rants and difficulties! Thoughts on characters and plots! […]

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“There’s always another secret”

Posted by nightphoenix on December 4, 2013 in Output, Process |

As Mr. Sanderson says. Or in my case, there’s a story running behind every story I’ve written or plan to write. I blame Doctor Who. The whole complicated, twisted, sprawling, growing Who-verse is a fascinating study in worldbuilding. Not so much the aliens, but the rules. Paradoxes. Fixed points. Time travel. People with personal timelines […]

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Yet another picture post

Posted by nightphoenix on August 11, 2013 in Art, Output |

  I got so busy yammering on about my writing last post that I neglected to share the drawings I’ve done. I did manage to finish Imaginaerum, minus the Song of Myself redo…I’m doing the epics on a different schedule. Here’s Scaretale:     In the end I wasn’t entirely satisfied with this one. When […]

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All the revisions, all at once

Posted by nightphoenix on August 6, 2013 in News, Novels, Output |

To start off, we’re moving. We’ve finally reached a point where the cost of rent was going to be equal to or greater than the cost of paying a mortgage on a house, so back in April we started house hunting. After several false hopes and close calls, we found a nice one. Unfortunately, it […]

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Pic spam, and no, I’m not dead

Posted by nightphoenix on May 12, 2013 in Art, Novels, Output |

I’ve actually sat down several times in the last few months thinking, “I should probably update the blog…” But inevitably I would think of something more pressing I needed to do, like work on a picture or write or…etc. Which is why it’s now May 😛 I’ve managed to keep up my goal of churning […]

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Of mermaids and rhyme

Posted by nightphoenix on March 11, 2013 in Art, Novels, Output, Process |

I did manage to finish Turn Loose the Mermaids before the end of last month, keeping me on my two-per-month quota. Went with a Lady of Shallot theme with this one, as it fit so well with the mood of the song. I’m not quite as pleased with it as I was with Storytime, mostly […]

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