So, in trying to decide what to post for my last Missing Letter Monday until December (yeah, it’s going away for NaNo), I looked through to see what I’d done in the past with this letter, and found this post with a series of questions for an author to answer about their current WIP. And I decided that hey, I could just answer the questions again, only this time for the project I’m going to work on next month. These questions were initially encountered on Sara Letourneau’s blog, in an open-ended “consider yourself tagged if you’re reading this” kind of thing. So I guess that means I’m re-self-tagging?
Er….anyway…on to the questions, though (as before) I used some * in the questions when this week’s forbidden letter came up.
The Author’s Oracle Questions
The answers this time are going to be NaNo prep, for next month’s project, which I am planning as the first in a series. (Who knows what I’ll actually end up writing, but…) I keep putting off filling out the cool character sheet I found on the NaNo forums, so maybe this will help me with that. It’s a genre-ignoring project with elements of the fantastic, elements of steampunk, and an LGBT romance. And giant eagles. Because all things are better with giant eagles.
0. The Fool: Which of your characters is the most intuiti*e? The worst decision-maker?
The best decision-maker would be Ouden, the 12 year old girl on the crew of the airship. She considers herself the one who keeps Cal, the captain, from dying all the time, and she’s pretty much right about that. As to the worst…hmm. That’s a tie between Cal and Elliot (the romantic leads), but for different reasons. Cal is extremely passionate, and short-tempered. He acts on impulse, but he’s also slow to trust, so he’ll do dumb things because he doesn’t trust someone yet, only then once he does trust them, he’d bend the fabric of reality if he could for someone important to him. He was hurt horribly not too long before the book starts, so he’s become more slow to trust than before. Elliot, on the other hand, is the ultimate naïf. I mean, the guy took a madam’s word for it that she was just sheltering him out of the goodness of her heart, and had no idea she was charging the men who were also just taking shelter in the same room with him and who just happened to want to sleep with him. (In his defense, he is quite young (about nineteen) and recently ran away from his sheltered home on the family farm.)
I. The Magician: What character, location, or object has the most positi*e influence in your story?
(OMG, I skipped this one last time!) Probably Cal’s airship, the Audacity. The cast would be utterly lost without it. Although Cal wouldn’t be hunted without it, so maybe it’s not all good. Read the rest of this entry →