Why, yes, I left joining in the linkup a week before it closes. I’m organised like that.
Honestly? Rewriting = brain shut down. At least that’s my new excuse for all my failings this June.
Being a writer is like living with a few hundred people inside your brain.
Oh! Don’t worry! It’s not as creepy as it sounds. Just vaguely tiring. You also spend a lot of time torn between wanting desperately to talk about your works-in-progress (WIP) and wanting never ever say a word about them because oh gosh, what if they’re awful?
I don’t bog usually about my specific books. This is partly because I’m agented (so I’ve got to employ my super secretive skills) and partly because I HAVE LOW BOOKISH ESTEEM, OKAY? There. I said it. I’m pretty extra sure most writers suffer from this. (Raise your hands fellow writerlings!) That feeling of bookish delinquency will probably never leave. So we shall just suck it up and talk, right?
Okay, I’m going to talk.
Earlier this week, I posted about my 2nd draft process for my book: Six. Only natural it gets the limelight again, right?
It’s the book I had the most fun drafting and am currently having the worst time rewriting. Funny that.
I’m introducing you to my narrator: Blue.
Buckle up, earthlings.
This is my sneaky and rough blurb/pitch:
17-year-old Blue lives an “under-the-radar” life — well, for a bodysnatcher. He slinks around Planet Hellas and steals slaves to sell the slavery of the Game, where they’ll box to the death. On a planet where a number decides your worth, Blue needs money to keep his compromised identity a secret. Or he’ll end up in the Game.
Obvious solution to his money crisis? Get himself a Fighter.
Pick of the day is Atticus, a scrawny kid with icy eyes and attitude to match. But the kid packs a vicious punch. When he feels like it. Blue must keep his Fighter alive through rounds of boxing, rake in the money, and avoid anyone snooping into his background. If 5 means slavery, what will society do when they find Blue’s a 6?
It’s THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH meets movie REAL STEEL.
1) What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it?
His full name is Blue. There are no last names on my sci-fi planet of Hellas (that’s Greek, by the way), just identity chips that are the bane of everyone’s existence.
I called him Blue because a) it’s my favourite colour, b) I was partly inspired from The Raven Boys, and c) I’m going out on a limb to say…it’s short and easy to remember? YOU KNOW I’M SHALLOW LIKE THAT.
2) How old are they, and when were they born?
Blue is 17 years old.
Probably a few hundred years in the future. That’s right folks, Future Child roaming my imagination. Gee, that sounded more warped than I intended.
3) Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus quetions: 1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture?)
Red hair. Greasy denim jacket. Crooked nose.
He’s Irish. DON’T ASK ME WHY. Somehow a lot of my characters end up being Irish or Scottish and I have to stop myself saying, “Characters, ye can change yer fates!” It happens, okay?
(Note: I realise Merida is Scottish. It still applies, though.)
Blue’s painfully average in height. And he’s greasy. He lives in a dump site, so his clothes are black tee shirts, ripped jeans, a denim jacket and unwashed socks. He’s got an Irish accent that he tries to cover. He’s kind of, um, how do I put this? An illegal immigrant in a Greek-esque planet in space.
4) Describe your character’s personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences.
He thinks the world is a joke, which so the sign of an insecure little bean.
5) What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc?
I listen to the Transformers soundtrack while I rewrite Six. Track 16: Bumblebee is my favourite.
6) Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character? (Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Envy, Sloth, Wrath, Pride.)
I’m going to say Sloth.
Blue really desperately wants to go home to his own planet (Earth: which is probably exploded beyond recognition, but he’s a hopefully little blighter), but the route he takes to get there is kind of…illegal, dubious, and won’t be winning him any citizen of the year awards. (Basically: he’s a bodysnatcher and sells people into slavery.)
He could find an honourable way to get to his destination. But he’s not. Slothy.
7) If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air) which would they be?
Water, absolutely water. If this dude was anymore laid back, he’d be backstroking down the Nile.
8) What is their favourite word?
9) Who’s one person they really miss?
If we ignore the “person” and change to “thing” (what? I can break my own rules!) then Blue misses home. Earth. His ultimate goal is to get back.
There’s a few humanoids he rather misses too, you know. Friends, family, poisonous reptiles. I’m actually disturbed at how much I’m comparing him to Sid! It’s not supposed to be like this! He has a sweet little gal he used to run around with as a child. If she’s still on Earth, she’s probably dead.
Dying shame, really. Excuse the pun.
10) What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?
Everything reminds him of home, that being the Earthy home. He tries not to think about home at all, but, you know, things like:
– scrambled eggs with pepper (delicious)
– Irish cream cake
– sleeping in
Basically: anything human reminds him of home and his dead family. It’s so tragic, really. Good thing he has an epic sense of humour and his horrible life in my story is water off a duck’s back to him.
Cait can see the end in sight for her rewrites. Yaaaay! To celebrate, she plans on devouring her whole TBR (which is building while she’s only partially reading)…or at least whittling it down from 14 to…6? That’s a manageable number. She’s currently beta reading a friend’s book (it’s awesome) and thinking about fudge.