Once again I am letting the letter drive the theme, but I kind of wanted to do this one anyway…
After today, there are eight posts to go. When I signed up for the A to Z blogging challenge, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. When I had the idea to write my posts as the various characters, I thought it was just going to be some fun posts.
As with many things I have done on my writing adventure, I was wrong. It turns out that I have learned new things about several of my characters as well as the world they live in.
I had never fleshed out Thavatos beyond a single dimension “bad-guy”. I knew I wanted him to think he was helping, but I hadn’t gone much beyond that. This exercise has definitely brought out more of his character. I kind of like him here. I may need to roughen him up from the persona that he presented on the blog, given the things that he does in the story. Still, I am much further along the road of understanding him than I was when I started.
Aliyah has also moved beyond the generic goddess-of-light. She’s more uptight here than I had pictured her, but I don’t think that’s bad.
Interesting factoid: The early pre-first draft concept stuff I did on the story featured a pantheon of six deities. Aliyah is a creative respelling of a Gaelic name that means “light”. Thavatos is a tweak of thanatos, which was a greek demon of death. There were other gods and goddesses for the four standard elements. There were an equally larger number of races, one for each deity. It quickly became too much to keep track of. Thus, the chopping down to two.
Jerok and Mirian were pretty well fleshed out, as was Llaewyn. I don’t know if we will get to spend any time with Traunick, since T is scheduled to be on the Trolls. We’ll see.
I could ramble on more, but I think I will end the post here. A big thank you to everyone that stopped by to read and comment. It really is a lot of fun.
How have the rest of you grown and learned throughout this project? Drop a note in the comments and let me know. Also, if anyone has any ideas for W, X, and Y, speak up!