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Character Bio - Ellen

Character interviews are back!

Okay, so. Today I am giving you the bio of my newest protagonist, from my new fantasy book which does not have a title as of yet.

This story is so much fun to write. I've always sort of thought of myself as a medieval fantasy writer, but guess what? I've never actually written a medieval fantasy. Not one that got very far, at any rate. But this one is going to change all that if I have anything to do with it.

So far it's rather promising. It has a definite main character (not the smashing together of many possible MCs that I tend to get carried away with), a definite setting (I drew a map! It's so pretty!), and fantastic creatures (meaning griffins! and dragons! and winged horses! and a phoenix!!!). And it even has a CONFLICT. I am proud of myself.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to my dear little daughter.

Ellen Age: 16(or 17?)
 (It may be 17. But I don't know. I don't think she knows either. So it's okay.) Ellen ha…

Lovely Books - Villains

Another Lovely Books linkup, hosted by Tracey Dyck! This has been incredibly fun so far and I really should find time to do the covers-and-titles edition before the month is up. :) On to villains! Ooh, villains are so fun. Writing this post made me realize I don't know that many of them, though. There will of necessity be a few who come from ancient/medieval literature class. I'm convinced I have been stricken with some strange malady which only allows me to enjoy really really old books (you know, the literature class ones) while shunning most newer things. *heavy sigh* That will have to change someday. Without further ado! Let's get started exploring the world of dastardly mischief-makers. 
Achren (from Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain)
Apparently I'm addicted to all things Prydain. But Achren really was delightfully villainous! She's so smooth and confidant and desperate all at once - well, desperate in the later books, at least. And yet there&#…

Man's Soul Poured Out in Song

Today I was listening to an assignment for my music history and appreciation class - the Gregorian chant "Deum Verum."

As I was listening to it, I was struck by the thought that these lovely, mournful voices hardly sounded human, and I marveled at the fact that mere men could make such heavenly music.

But as I thought it over and listened, it struck me that this song, lovely as it is, cannot possibly be truly heavenly. It is far too mournful, far too lonely. It sounds, not like angels, but like men, pouring out their souls in longing for God.

It is mysterious. It is spiritual. It is deep. But it is also earthy. It is solid. It is gritty. It sounds almost as though you could pick it up and let it crumble through your fingers, like rich, rich soil in an old, old garden.

This music portrays very clearly the essence of mankind - spiritual yet touchable, bodily yet invisible. It shouts our very nature at us - we are not wholly of this …

Lovely Books - Couples

Two linkups in a row - is that witness to my topsy-turvy blogging techniques or what? :)

This should be fun, and perfect for St. Valentine's Day - the Lovely Books linkup with Tracey Dyck.

Percy and Marguerite Blakeney (from The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy)

I've ranted about how lovely they are in a previous blog post. The romance between them isn't just a romance: it's an allegory of Christ's love for His Church and for sinners!

 Percy. Is. So. Awesome. His humility, his courage, his daring, his bravery, his humility, his good looks, his sense of humor - and did I mention his humility?

 And Marguerite's pretty good too. Actually she's more than pretty good. She's dazzling.

Plus all the poetic romantic-ness!!

Brandon Vaughn and Joanie Collins (from Arms of Love, by Carmen Marcoux)

These dear characters are from the first (and only, really...) modern romance I ever read. While the book itself isn't the most well-written thing on earth, the st…

Beautiful People - February

Time for another Beautiful People post! Hooray!
So, this month the questions have a St. Valentine's Day theme. Even though I don't write romances, I couldn't resist the temptation of having a romantic subplot....or three or my Prince of Erdania trilogy. That said, it was rather hard to choose a couple. But I've finally settled on my dear Raphael Novarex, the soldier-turned-Prince-of-Erdania, and his bride, Florence Tillery.

How did they first meet?

There's never been a time they didn't know each other, really. They both grew up in the same little Erdanian town, a very tiny, quiet village centered around a little church with a steeple. (I adore that town with all a writer's enthusiasm, but it still needs a name.) Raphael's best childhood friend was Dante Tillery, Florence's older brother. She would often tag along with them on their various escapades.

What were their f…