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Training, tension and tears.

Published July 30, 2013 by claire2903

It’s been eight days since my last post and oh my what an eight days!

There’s been several trips to the vets with various animals,

Milo (st Bernard) went to meet the vet an have a sniff, then back again to be weighed (nearly 15 st!!) and injections (booo)

Sadie (puppy weimaraner) to be checked out then back again for her jabs 😦

And Shadow and Shade the kittens to be checked. Good job we went with these two as Shadow is apparently a boy, after I was told by the person I bought them from they were both girls. Good job I picked a unisex name huh?

The summer holidays are now upon us also, so I have an 8 yr old and a 2.5 yr old at home, so my house is quite literally a zoo 🙂

I’ve also been gardening, with the help of my younger brother. He’s not half bad at gardening, but he doesnt want to do it as a living go figure 🙂

So my garden is now a lot neater, and I can actually think about getting fairy lights to wrap around the trees and hang on the privet (nasty horrible green stuff!)
I have a strong dislike for privet, but unfortunately I can’t pull it down…. Yet!

But none of this has stopped me from working on my books though, in fact my books are my escape from the madness that surrounds me!

I’ve been working on place names and the map of my little world. This isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Firstly i had to decide on a collective name for everywhere sort of like a country name or continent name.

Then I drew out a map, looks more like a pissed spider fell in the ink pot and wobbled across the page but hey, I understand it!. This helped me work out how many names I would need.

Thirdly I have, had to work out from the continent name to the country names to the regions, counties, boroughs to towns and villages. And the seas, lakes, forests and mountains.

I must admit this is still being worked on, but at least I had an idea of what goes where and that it needs a name. I think this is important for me, in my story writing as it helps to keep a degree of consistency in the story.

It also helps with building back stories for characters, especially once I’ve put some thought in to what regions look and sound like, I can then describe characters that come from there better.

I’ve also been thinking about the type of characters I want, as in elves and pirates. I’ve always loved these types of characters dearly.

Plus I’m wondering can you write a serious type of story that has some all together unserious parts in it?
I’m think you can, if you take the lord of the rings and the hobbit for example. There are some very serious bits in that (the wraiths, Mordor, Frodo’s capture and Sam’s heroic rescue of him) and some very comical bits too (Bert, Bill and Tom deciding how to cook the dwarfs and Mr Baggins)

Tolkien made this work beautifully, but I haven’t seen it much else where, I admit I may not be reading the right books but still.

I wondering if you can get the comical, and slightly sarcastic humor of a Disc world books to mesh well with the seriousness of the Paksennarion books or Song of Ice and Fire books?

I’ve also been pondering how people would react to changes from the normal, like friendly trolls that are semi intelligent, or stupid elves, pretty orcs etc etc, basically turning everything people know and believe about fantasy characters 180 and doing the opposite or ‘unexpected’.

Would it make for an interesting riveting read? or just annoy and bore?

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