haha what schedule?? technically this is within the first week of October sooooo
so as of now, i have done a grand total of zilch hours of world building. i have a ton of homework all the time and I’m on call for theatre a lot. Besides, this is just writing more in a previously written book, so I don’t need as much planning. Hopefully.
So today, I present beautiful books 2016, a link-up for writers created by Cait and Sky!
(Cover Credits to the amazing M.L. Pithey!)
Melly Aldridge is different. She’s trapped in a life filled with chore upon chore, her only solace the mischievous Samuel who knows Melly better than anyone else. Her parents were hung for treason when she was nine by a King whose son was Melly’s childhood friend. Suddenly, the memories she had buried and tried to forget are upturned, and Melly is forced to return to the palace, the place where her parents were murdered and her heart was broken. But as she learns the secrets of her past and discovers new ones, she must choose between old friendship or new love, adventure or familiarity, and perhaps life or death.
This book was my April Camp NaNo project. If you want to know more about the characters, you can look at almost any of my Character Studies or this one in particular. If you want to beta read what I have so far, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
A dream. It was way different than my book now- don’t even ask. I wrote it down right after I had it, and somehow it became what it is now. I had this dream early January of 2016, so it was 3 or so months before I started writing.
Describe what your novel is about!
A false betrothed, an inadequate prince, a mischievous sentinel, a vexed princess, a misunderstood king, and a unspeakable past. Mix it all together and you know you got the best of
both worlds novels!
What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
Introduce us to each of your characters!
Melly is a headstrong, audacious, strong willed individual who certainly has an opinion and a tad bit (okay, a lot) of sass. She’s stubborn but comes to care deeply for the people she loves. She has long ginger hair, with pale freckled skin and light green eyes.
Melly struggles with her hatred for King Ptolemus and his daughter, Adalyn, and her love for Aras. Despite having feelings for Aras, she is stubborn and will not admit to it because she fears it would be betraying her parent’s, since Aras’ father was the one who ordered her parent’s executions.
Aras is a light-hearted, carefree individual who has self doubts about becoming king one day.
Aras was 14 when his mother passed away. The only way he could deal with the grief was pretending that it had never happened. He locked up his heart and masked his grief and confusion with light-heartedness.
Aras does not, in any way, shape, or form, feel worthy of the kingdom. He only wishes to impress his father, but has many self doubts about fulfilling the heir. He just wants his father’s approval above all.
Aras, despite having feelings for Melly, does not want to risk having his heart broken again. After his mother’s death, he locked up his heart. He doesn’t want to risk vulnerability, so he tells himself he doesn’t love Melly and is searching for a true betrothed.
Samuel is a mischievous, mysterious, hardworking young man who struggles with his search to find his true identity.
He also struggles with Aras and Melly’s betrothal. He doesn’t understand his feelings for her.
Adalyn is sharp, menacing, mentally unstable and blames her late mother for her problems.
After her mother, the queen, died when she was ten, Adalyn was grief stricken and depressed. After a year of depression, she came out of her ‘coma’ of sadness. She started seeing her mother in her brother when she looked at him. She hated her brother for being so much like the late queen. She hallucinates and believes that it is her duty, her destiny, to fulfill the heir. She knows her brother is too weak to be king. She blames her mother for her brother being in the way of her becoming queen, and plots her brother’s murder.
Adalyn hates Melly for multiple reasons, and tries her hardest to break her down mentally by displaying her doubts and deepest fears, and toying with her head.
My main inspiration for her was Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
How do you prepare to write?
I usually have to feel “inspired.” If I just sit down and stare at a blank screen I may or may not have a panic attack. It’s really overwhelming to not know what to write. So I do I lot of planning in the plot area. And eat a lot of food.
What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
I’m really looking forward to the character development in Samuel, Aras, and Adalyn. Fighting scenes are also really fun to write!
List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
- There’s a castle garden where my favorite scene takes place. It has a shrub maze, a fountain, and a grave.
Melly shook in her bed, the whisper of a sheet around her far too thin to warm her. Only the moon’s light shone through the room, and Melly followed it like a beacon, escaping. Her door was well oiled and noiseless as Melly closed it behind her.
Even the sentinel by her door side had fallen asleep, his eyes fluttering in a deep slumber. Melly crept around him, turning the corner of the long, vast hallway, snickering to herself. Not much of a oiled machine as she had thought the castle was, was it?
Melly had spoken too soon, and as she walked blindly through the winding halls she knocked into someone. Hurrying back, the moon caught the man’s features, and Melly gasped with a bit of both relief and surprise.
Aras, disgruntled, his eyelids heavy, stared back at Melly. A smirk crept across his features. “Glad to see I’m no longer the only insomniac in all of Telford
Melly nodded, trying hard not to smile. “Us insomniacs must stay together, mustn’t they?”
“Yes, yes of course.” He held out his arm, and hesitantly, Melly took it. Much to Melly’s delight, he nodded to a half asleep sentinel who opened the huge doors leading to the royal garden. Memories of the games played between the tulips and near the huge fountain came flooding back. Their childish fantasies of magic and adventure were gone.
The garden seemed far more decrepit at night, with the moon casting an eerie shadow at the sleeping flowers. Only the fountain, and the glimmering moon in the still water, seemed the same as it had been so many years ago. Melly smiled, reaching down to ripple the moon’s reflection. Aras’ face joined Melly’s in the water. She turned away, not able to bear the look in his eyes. Do you remember? Do you miss those memories as much as I do? Melly couldn’t tell the emotion in Aras’ eyes, and whether it was recognition, or sadness, or perhaps both.
She left the fountain, not looking back to see if Aras was following her lead. The winding maze of shrubbery that she and Aras had gotten lost in as children was ahead, and Melly yearned to lose herself in the shadows and never wake up. Perhaps they could both escape the realities of life, and return to the days of their childhood.
Melly stopped abruptly, her back tense. She could never return to those memories. They were gone, the whisper of the past. The whisper of the life before her parents died and she moved to Leavenworth.
Memories fade, and one day she would forget Aras, the castle, and the events between. Part of Melly cringed in sadness at the thought, while the other half yearned for it. Sometimes forgetting is both a blessing and a curse.
Aras placed a hand on her back, reminding her that she was not alone in this garden of memories. She wanted to shake him off, but his touch was so warm, so familiar, that she allowed it to stay.
As the brightness of the moon disappeared, Melly shivered. The maze, beautiful and delightful in the light of the sun was quite the opposite in the night. But Aras knew the way, leading her through the darkness. Melly was glad he could not see her expression, and the longing that she knew was in her eyes.
The maze ended, opening up to a portion of the garden Melly rarely stepped foot in. The cemetery, though easier to bear in the sun, reeked of death and war. Melly hated looking at the tombstones, at the forgotten names of dead soldiers.
Charles Benedict. John Calderon. Selvan Horst. The rows of name upon name never seemed to end. Melly stopped, sinking to the ground. So many dead. So many taken by the war, the pointless war.
Melly stopped, gasping for breath. Samuel. Was he dead too, conscripted, taken by the war? Melly clenched her fists, oblivious to Aras’ embrace.
It was his fault. It was always his fault. And Aras was his son.
2. The castle is big. Really big. There are lots of hidden passages *wink wink wink*
3. The laundry line. It is very important to the exposition of the book.
What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Melly’s goal is to avenge her parent’s deaths. Lots of things stand in her way- her love for Aras, the power of King Ptolemus, the plans of Adalyn.
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
She realizes that…revenge isn’t always the answer.
What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
The past is in the past. It’s done, and it can’t be undone. Revenge isn’t always the answer.
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