Today has been a bit of a chilled, laid back kind of day for me so far. Rather than walk to Panera Bread on 15th Street (my favorite hangout on my days off – outlets to plug my laptop in and great food!), I took the bus. Tis a bit chilly and windy here, and I was actually not feeling the rush to be anywhere in particular any time soon. After the busy-ness of the weekend, taking a bit of time to just . . . let the mind wander some was pleasant indeed.
So right now, on Ravensrealm, I’ve struggled a bit with Alethea Light’s backstory. And Jordan Taylor’s. Granted, I don’t know how much of the backstory is going to appear in Ravensrealm, but these two main characters were a bit harder for me to get a grasp on compared to Fen Willows and the twins, Daniel and Wolfgang. And I’m trying to avoid some of the same tricks for Ravensrealm as I employed in Portal to Gaming. (By the way, I am starting Alethea’s story from the beginning rather than start it in the middle of her adventure . . . the twins and Fen will appear some but mroe as a timeline of how things are happening for her . . . should only take a few chapters to do this, right?)
Anyway, as I was waiting for the bus, I focused on Alethea and Jordan, to come up with their backstories and infuse some personality and life into them. I’m honestly not one of those people who plans characters in advance or gives them any kind of structure in the planning process. I do write down ideas as they come to me (a form of outlining but not much more than that), but I do prefer to write freeform, as it were, and get to know my characters, my setttings, and my conflicts as they come to me. Thank goodness for cell phones! I was able to “jot” my notes down this way!
And Alethea and Jordan have proven to be a bit more difficult than Fen and the twins, but that’s okay. There are a lot of great things in store for the characters in the Arc of Fantasy series, and there are plans for an expanded universe as well, including a special edition filled with more (called the Expansion Pack Edition – hey, it’s inspired by video games. Some games get expansion packs. Arc of Fantasy will, too!)
I will also be doing what I can to work on New Atlantis (Book Four) and The Intergalactic Chase (Book Five) as well since the stories for Arc of Fantasy, while connected, are also focused upon different groups. Somewhere in there, I want to publish a short story following Daniel and Wolfgang, set after their adventures to King Lopt’s fire-headed wyvern. Book Six (yet to be titled, at this point) will wait writing status as everything will be converging or will have converged by the end of Book Five.
Fun times certainly are in store!
And, on that note, since talk is talk and not always action, until the next time, my friends! The writing of the stories doesn’t work without the writer putting pen to paper!