Hello there!

I hope you have all had a wonderful day. I’m super excited right now because tomorrow is Friday, and Friday is one of my FAVORITE days ever.

Anywho, on to a brief description of my week. First off, for some reason every TV show decided to have its season premier this week, and I was totally out of the loop. I went on the DVR list a few days ago to see about three of my shows had been recorded. Which meant, of course, I had to watch them right away. (;

Currently I’m really into Once Upon A Time–I love the fairytale references. Speaking of fairytales, one of my favorite books right now is Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I’ve got this giant book (which weighs about ten pounds) full of around two hundred fairy tales. Let me tell you, Disney’s version of the stories (such as Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel) are so totally not the same…

Anyways, I read this one fairytale yesterday about an old man who lived with his son and daughter-in-law and their young son. The man’s son and his wife made the old man eat in the corner of the room behind the stove because he would spill his food and I guess just because they didn’t want to look at him. Anyways, they made him eat like this all the time, so one day the little boy started getting together some wood to build something. His parents asked what he was making, and he told them he was making a trough for them to eat out of when they got old. Then the parents cried and let the old man eat at the table again. (I think the story’s called “The Old Man and His Grandson” if you want to look it up!) I mean, who comes up with this? Though, I like the fact that they always conclude the stories with a happy ending and some kind of life lesson…

Aside from all that, I have a question to answer!! This one is from Virginia Dyer, who is simply amazing with her on-the-spot questioning. (;

Question: How much have the characters changed from when they were first created?

My Answer: A lot.

Wasn’t that short answer informative? I thought it was nicely worded. Now onto the detailed answer.

If you read the last blog post, you know that when I began writing MotC, I had no clear goal in mind; I was just writing for the fun of it. Because of this, I felt no reason to really delve into the minds of the characters to figure out who they really were because, well, that took time and energy. And all I wanted when I began this story was some way to spend my free time doing something enjoyable. Though, as I moved along, it was only enjoyable if I had an intricate plot with likable, believable characters whom I knew as well as I knew myself.

So, I began the journey of discovering who my characters were. This involved figuring out the detailed history for both main characters, as well as many supporting characters, and creating thorough descriptions for each character, which I have combined in a large binder that I carry with me everywhere nowadays. (;

Okay, so about the changes the characters have gone through. Zenia Curser, the female protagonist, has developed a personality, most importantly. When I was first writing the story, she was just there, doing whatever I felt like she should do. She really didn’t have a definite personality, which was a big problem that I’ve attempted to fix over many months. :-P

As for Xavier, the male protagonist, so many things have happened. First off, his memory loss actually wasn’t in the original version of the story (but is an important part now). He’s also become a main character, which is probably the biggest change. His personality has pretty much stayed the same, though: cocky, oftentimes sarcastic, and a loner.

There have been many changes in the other characters, as well. For instance, two characters, Brent and April Colt, used to be very prevalent figures in the story, but now their importance has withered. I’ve created more characters since the creation of the story, and these characters have turned out to be far more important than the former characters.

To sum it up, the characters in my book have gone through so many changes, it’s hard to think of–even harder to name–all of them. I’m just hoping that in the end, all the changes are for the best! (;

Thanks for the wonderful question, Virginia!

And before I go, I’d like to give a big shout-out to my creative writing classmates!! Today was super fun! I can’t wait until next week. (;

I hope you all have a great night, a fabulous Friday, and a safe weekend!

Farewell to all,

B.H. Parker

“Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.” -Proverbs 3:34 (ESV)