#CampNanoBootCamp - Plotter or Pantser
#TheBookIAmPlanning - Antagonist or Antagonistic Force
Antagonists are so hard for me to write. This will be the challenge area during Camp Nano. I have a good picture of them in my head but coming up with ways for them to be nasty and awful, that's the kicker. I can think of a ton but coming up with the why of each can be quite difficult.
#PrettyBookishChallenge - Symbols That Represent Your Main Character
Symbols are sometimes hard for me. When I think of my characters, I try to think of them from the inside out, so to speak. Religion is important to both of these characters for different reasons. For Zec, it's a way for him to stay connected to something that can't be taken away from him. And for Liha, she's been taught from birth to love and serve the Creator. As she grows, her connection to the Creator deepens through her connection with the world around her. Genzetti use prayer beads in their religious rites and some families observe the tradition of passing on a special set to the oldest child. Both Zec and Liha are only children. Zec knows where he got his and to him, they represent tradition and family honor. Liha thinks hers are just a pretty gift from her adoptive father. She doesn't know what they are because she's been raised in the Bot'ha way of living, including their religious practices which don't include prayer beads. So for her, they represent a place to belong.
To all Genzetti, the color blue is very important. The deeper the shade, the more revered. Piercings are also something very important to the Genzetti as they receive one for every milestone they reach once they've completed their Pilgrimage (which usually happens at the age of 9 SC [15.9 earth years]). And the moons are special to the underland dwellers simply because they are lights in the darkness.
Liha is raised in a Bot'ha shrine for her protection because she was born under the light of the suns. (That's a bad omen to the Genzetti.) Because of her pale gold color, and because of the facts surrounding her birth, the sun is a good symbol for her. She's learned to talk to the birds so songbirds also represent her. And the Bot'ha way is all about balance in spirit and in nature. One day, maybe I'll be able to come up with a somewhat original symbol that represents balance to the Bot'ha.
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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