More and more, this month is challenging me to meet the goals I've set for myself. I like that...but at the same time, I know I push myself really hard. My revisions aren't going as smoothly as I hoped and I'm having to do as Stephen King says...make myself write even if the words aren't coming together. To be honest, I don't read Stephen King's books, though my husband has read one or two. I suffer from nightmares and I don't need anything adding to them. So I guess good ol' Stephen can chalk up another mark on the 'success' table. LOL
To see my challenge responses for yesterday, read on!
#writingthesenseschallenge Day 10 - Tastes Sketch
I have to admit to stumping myself. To create a taste sketch, I wasn't sure what to do. I thought about creating a menu but it was so late. Writing down a list of the foods in my rough draft was a good start though. I'll share the breakfast meal scene in my rough draft next week so please look forward to it.
#fantasywipjanuary Day 10 - MC's Parents/Jobs
This was fun! I loved being able to share some of the backstory that might not get shown in the final manuscript. And I'm so happy with the background photos for each of these frames I'll probably use them in the book trailer.
I use several photography apps to create my photos. I've been using open source/royalty free photos from either Pexels or Pixabay to find good quality representations of my characters and settings. I use Pixlr for creating photos with effects and overlays, as well as creating collages and adding text to photos. And to create the watercolor effect you see above, I use Portra for Android.
Now...about the details...
Zec's family is far more insular than Liha's. Zec's parents are both dead (father before he was born, mother in childbirth) and he's being raised by his uncle and aunt, still within the Inessi family so his name is unchanged. His parents are both part of the Guild of Masters which is the ruling body of northern Genzet. This allows them to raise Zec safely, moreso than if he'd been born to an apprentice or lay-guildsman. Their position in the Guild of Masters doesn't completely protect them from the gossip which eventually spreads about their son, though it helps.
Liha, on the other hand, has a pretty complicated family. Her father is a high ranking official in southern Genzet as well as a follower of the Sekot Mundei religious cult. Her mother (whose job is unknown really at this point) births her in secret because she's born during the day. Babies born during the day are seen as blasphemy by the Sekot Mundei and are sacrificed to the moon deities they worship. Liha's father would agree to this but her mother is a follower of Andurdrao, the creator deity the True Children of Y'Dahnndrya worship. She refuses to allow her child to be offered as a sacrifice to false deities. She calls on her friend (and past suitor) for help, knowing he won't refuse her. Enter Master Tor Gervell who accepts the challenge and adopts Liha officially, changing her last name from Natro to Gervell. But the complications don't stop there. Liha is an obvious Drositiri, from southern Genzet, by her coloring. Also, she looks so much like her father, the risk of her being recognized as his child is too great for her to remain in any part of Genzet other than at Gild'n Mountain Shrine. Even there, she may not be safe. So Tor takes her to the Bot'hani shrine, Si'Yinte Falls and the Guardian of the shrine, Zim Haya Ne, raises her there as her unofficial guardian.
What do you think? I like the backstory so far and it works so far, though if the Sekot Mundei have their way as often as they probably would, it would decimate the numbers of Genzetti. Methinks there must be liars among the Drositiri, though they are viciously forced into doing so.
(I didn't mention it before but Zec's faction, the northerners, are called Tanderali because they live under the mountains in cavern cities.)
So how did you create a sketch of the tastes in your WIP for yesterday's challenge? Do you enjoy creating the backstory behind your WIP? Do you often share it with others? I'd love to see your responses either in the comments below, or on IG. Don't forget to use the hashtag #writingthesensechallenge if you share on social media so I can check it out. :)
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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