The genre is absolutely, positively Action/Adventure (listen to the title!). I don't think there was ever even a chance of it being something else (except maybe Fantasy).
What is the title? Time period?
The title that is on the document currently is Anwynne's Adventures. However, come April, a new scape starts. I will join in on Camp NaNo (yes, you guys are probably laughing at my unintelligence after my fiasco with normal NaNo), and I am re-writing the beginning of this story, and first-drafting a great portion of it under a new title, The Pain Of A Memory. So, stay tuned as to updates on that. ;) And the time period is another medieval (hey, it's my favorite to write in!).
How is it written (Point of view, MC, etc)?
I wrote it in my favorite POV, that being third person limited (I just about never write in any other POV). But it's MC various, having at least three regular MCs that have already entered, and one that hasn't. However, the actual writing is very unusual. It's written in an odd format that I really don't have a name for. It kind-of zones in and out of different places at different times in one sequence, as if all four scenarios were happening at once, in order, while they're really in different times and places, and with different people (but the four scenarios will all eventually connect and make sense as having relevance to each other). I guess one thing to call it would be a flashback-present-sequence. Hahahaha... :P
Who are the characters?
This one also has a fairly large cast, and all in different times, places, and scenes, so I'm going to introduce them in the order that they're met in.
Princess Anwynne is a snappy-tempered queen-to-be, whom is found at the beginning of the story to be on her way to wed the prince of a foreign country, Nistria, for an inter-kingdom alliance with her parent's country, Ingrecia. She struggles with not only with going away from home, but also with remaining human and considerate in these new countries of strange things. While she doesn't really care either way about the marriage, she is missing home, and her only friends are now quite officially below her rank-wise on her journey. She looks rather unique, with almost white-blond wavy hair, fair skin, and aquamarine eyes.
|Except for the short, curly hair, this looks just like Elystra.|
here. I am not going to dwell on Grant, or the orphans here because they have very minimal effect on the action of the story as of right now.
Ariff, who appears in more than one scenario, though by name only in #3 with Lan. As you might guess, Ariff is also a soldier, but of a different type than Lan. In fact, he was fighting in the war, and in it knew Echo (when Echo was a soldier. That's why one of Echo's orphans is named Ariff, after Echo's battle-companion). Ariff has black hair and blue eyes.
And lastly, in a scenario which is merely #1, except in a different place, is
Prince Angelo of Nistria, the young king-to-be whom Anwynne is betrothed to, and a troubled young man as well. Inwardly distressed by many of the chaotic things going on that he doesn't know how to reign over, often he merely secludes himself and solves problems quietly. He has brown hair and brown eyes, and is somewhat tall.
What does the plot consist of?
Well, what's going on consists of a) Anwynne trying to make it with her host to Nistria, *spoilers* getting captured by bandits, and trying to escape. *spoilers end* And then b) Lan's story, being relived by Lan himself in order to try and find something he missed a long time ago. And lastly, c) the knight Echo embarking on a quest for Belestine (spoilers!). Oh, actually, I forgot d) the conflict going with Angelo and his sister, Marcina, and her trying to reach out to him. I know. It's complicated. ;) :P
What is the setting?
A pretty early medieval civilization, composed of many different previously warring kingdoms, trying to get peacefully up on its feet.
Who are the favorite characters in it?
So far among readers, the two favorites are Errius and Echo. My personal favorite might also be Errius (shh! Yes, I know taking favorites is bad when you're the author, but I don't care!).
What is the favorite scene?
So far, the favorite scene consists of a challenge between Errius and Rogan, a duel to determine something. I can't say much more without giving spoilers, but I can say as much as that is the current most favored scene by readers.
Any themes of music for this work?
Yes, of course! :) As always. ;) I like to listen to A Time For Us, by Andy Williams, and a lot of his other tragic-sounding songs, I listen to the 2015 Cinderella soundtrack (I know! It's my go-to writing music, to be sure!). And I think the song If I Can't Love Her, as sung by Thomas Hampson would also be a great writing music for this. But the song Alone, or as Il Divo sings it in Italian, Solo (only Il Divo's version, because any other version totally doesn't fit) just perfectly fits the mood of the story. For some reason, also, Mr. Hampson's singing of The Camps Are Hush'd Today reminds me grimly of Lan's part in this story. And I hope to get a LOT of opera listening in (particularly Thomas Hampson, Beverly Sills, David Miller, Kathleen Battle, of course, Il Divo) while I re-write/first-draft it for Camp NaNo.
I do have one, single drawing for this story of my personal favorite in it, that is, of Errius. But I'm not sure if I want it to be finished or not, so I don't think I'm going to post it today (but I will post it sooner or later!).
Strong point in story?
The strongest point in the writing is probably all of the many twists and turns that are - like murder mystery twists - anticipatable to Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, but unnoticed by the reader until they pop in with a glorious bang. Haha, sorry. I'm a little proud of the twists, and I especially like to rub in the fact of them when I know I have readers of the story in my audience who might give their left leg for the knowledge of what these twists are.
Weak point in story?
I would say the weak point is the names. Because the key to figuring out the plot twists is all in the names of certain people, places, and events. If you knew enough and paid enough attention to these, then you wouldn't have to be Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot to figure at least most of them out.
Well, like I said. In Camp NaNo, I'll be using it to rewrite/first-draft Anwynne's Adventures under the new name of The Pain Of A Memory. Other than that, I want to finish it before its one-year anniversary, which is this June, I think.
Any particular writing habits for it?
Well, I cry a lot for this story. Seriously, this one makes me cry almost as much as Alomina, and quite more regularly. And it has yet to make me laugh. Which isn't good. But, needles to say of whether this story is a sad one, I do have a habit of getting into it very intensely.
Bonus question: If it were made into a movie, who would be your ideal movie cast for it?
Ooh! Um... I think I would have Natalie Portman (Thor; Thor: The Dark World) as Princess Anwynne (because she would do the hot-tempered thing great). As for Errius, let's put him down as... Orlando Bloom? (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy; Pirates Of The Carribean Series) Yeah, that's a good default for any male role. Let's have a slightly modified Christian Bale (Dark Knight Trilogy; Newsies) for Rogan, and black-haired Sophia Loren (Houseboat) as Maid Elystra. And then let's have a brown-haired Katherine Jenkins (a mezzo-soprano opera singer) as Princess Marcina (what?! Yes, I know she's not an actress, but she could be!). And, uh... then a much younger Carlos Marin (A Spanish opera singer/Showtunes performer, in Man Of La Mancha; Beauty And The Beast) as Prince Angelo. I might pick Thomas Hampson (a baritone opera singer and stage actor) to play Sir Echo Torriven. And Lan... could be a teenage Christian Bale...? I know, I know! I already used Christian Bale! But, well, he's a good actor! And at least Rogan could be Bale as in The Dark Knight Trilogy, and then Newsies Bale could be Lan. And then I would take the guy who played Elrond in LotR/ Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger as Ariff (no, I don't know the actor's name).
|See? Look at that face! Natalie Portman would be a great Anwynn! Only, she just needs to be blond is all.|
And I think that about wraps the important people up, as well as this post. ;)
What did you think? Would you read this book? Do you think I'm nuts for doing Camp NaNo after I hated ordinary NaNo? Who do you think would be your favorite character in it? Does it sound better than the previous Meet The Books! subjects? I'm afraid I must say farewell, because it's extremely likely you won't see another post until May (unless I have time for Beautiful People in April). Have you listened to Thomas Hampson yet?! (Btw, if you haven't, particularly his version of If I Can't Love Her, then you are a poor, sorry little grape indeed.) And I believe this, and maybe Beautiful People, will be the only post until May.