- The Seven Dwarves from Snow White. Rodish would want to berate them for having such soppy names (the only one that pleases him at all is Grumpy).
- Ronnie Corbett. Rodish would be curious as to how those below average height manage on a planet where fitting in is so important. Rodish would admire Ronnie for making a career out of this though.
- Beer Producers. Rodish is not fussy about who, ideally he would interview them all given he thinks beer production is the very height of the creative arts. Most dwarves share that view.
- Bakers, particularly bread specialists. Dwarves are very fond of their bread and Rodish would like to try breads from around the universes. Unfortunately the Chief Witch put paid to that ambition.
- Axe Manufacturers. Rodish likes to keep in touch with those who still manufacture classic dwarf tools in the old fashioned way. Rodish likes old fashioned ways. He also likes a decent axe blade.
If my characters were given the chance to interview anyone in any time, dimension or world, they would probably take it. Eileen definitely would as she relishes knowing what makes people tick. It makes her job as fairy godmother extraordinary easier to carry out if she knows the kind of person she is dealing with. Her choices to interview are:-
And how to write your own characters. Read the works of other authors. You learn as you read. Just pick the best to learn from, that's all.
One joy about writing a series is that, as you go along, you obviously get to know more of how your world works, how its societies/peoples develop and so on. This knowledge helps you add depth to the stories but there is another advantage.
In my case, I've been able to envisage how local communities work, devise a Highway Code for the magical realm (huge fun to write!) and I hope at some point to produce other works. I can envisage a guide to magical law, Palace etiquette and that kind of thing.
I am thinking of developing these kind of works into future books (possibly ebooks) and see how things go but I do know now it is satisfying to invent things like this that can back up my Brenebourne novels and other stories.
I love The Discworld Companion for its details and I am pleased I can genuinely invent things for my own creations. I hope it is a sign of a very active imagination I can use to promote and back up my main works. Certainly it is good to have the option!
These are in no particular order but their stories are just fantastic (even when they're not written in that genre!).
Birds are known to have a brain the size of a pea but not this one apparently!
The big mystery here is why Scooby didn't put on loads of weight thanks to all those Scooby snacks. (Poor dog wasn't walked much either).
One of my favourite films is Who Framed Roger Rabbit? featuring the late Bob Hoskins. One of my favourite scenes is at the Pen and Ink Club where Daffy and Donald Ducks are playing at two different pianos and all out war erupts between them. It is all very funny and I can't help but wonder just how much comedy we have missed out on because these two weren't paired up a lot sooner. What an opportunity missed!
Cartoon laws are an aside to the fairy laws that directly affect what I write but for fun, here goes:-
The Law of Size
The smallest creature is always the smartest. Tom is not cleverer than Jerry. And this is how it should be. As someone who is under 5' tall herself, I like this.
The company with the monopoly on supplies for all cartoon creatures. I suspect Wily E Coyote must have a special discount arrangement given the amount he spends with them, not that it does him any good. I can't think where he gets the money but Acme would go bust if they gave their stock away, especially to him.
Really ought to invest (from Acme of course) in fire proof trousers and underwear given the number of times his rear end is set on fire. It might also be prudent for him to re-examine his personal insurance policies and see if he can get compensation somehow.
By now it should be realized that it never pays to cross a smart talking rabbit. Those attempting it never succeed and usually come to various degrees of physical harm (or ritual humiliation at best).
The over-confident always get their comeuppance. If only that was true in life!
Judging by Appearances
Basically, don't. Look at how often cartoon characters get it wrong and end up landing themselves right in it. Amongst others, consider what happens to Wily E Coyote, Elmer Fudd (when after Bugs Bunny especially), Yosemite Sam, Sylvester and Inspector Clouseau (from the Pink Panther cartoons. How often does a film spawn a successful cartoon series?).
Spotting the Villain
According to Scooby Doo, it nearly always is the caretaker.
Spotting the Unlikely Hero
The obvious candidate for this is Hong Kong Phooey (the mild mannered janitor turned secret super hero) though I always felt sorry for the cat sidekick for doing most of the work and getting little of the credit. That does reflect life!
I am really enjoying blogging for the Chandlers Ford Today website. My posts have been about the area, writing and books. My current post is my appreciation of Jane Austen who is buried in Winchester Cathedral. There are also links to where she lived in Southampton and Bath. There are easy rail connections to both places here.
The feedback has been positive and helpful. I've learned of the existence of a dog walking/countryside management forum, which may well be helpful. The site's editor has given me links to copyright free imaging websites and I feel I am learning more skills which I hope will feed into my fiction.
The one with the more powerful wand wins. End of.
The one with the fastest broomstick wins. End of.
The tortoise wins. So there.
(In cartoon circles it is always the Roadrunner that wins).
Generally any non-magical species, especially given there are plenty of witches and wizards who feel such types are there for them to exploit. Sadly this is usually as ingredients for spells. There are lots of half blind newts in the magical world... (incidentally why is it only eye of newt, singular? Wouldn't both eyes make more sense?).
The Fairy Kingdom is one of those places where hope is expected to triumph over experience. Unlike on Earth where so often experience tramples hope.
Forget it. You are either going to dance to your death if you wear a rather special pair of red shoes or you hope and pray your glass slippers are not going to break and splinter as all the little pieces will go straight into your foot.
You will be accompanied by talking animals, someone magical who does not want to draw attention to the fact, or you have the unenviable task of going to a place of utter darkness in order to get rid of a rather troublesome ring. Nobody travels in the magical world for fun.
If you are a mistreated step-daughter, you can expect (a) your stepmother to try to kill you via her huntsman and, failing that, a suspiciously bright red apple and (b) your fairy godmother to turn up and make it possible for you to go to the ball after all. The important thing is you must be humble, kind to others and willing to be subservient for a bit before coming into your true inheritance. Any sign of arrogance on your part will immediately disqualify you for the "major rewards and happy ever after" prize that is so often on offer in the fairy tale world.
Do not be surprised by these and do listen to what they have to say. They are usually on the side of the good guys and can be very useful to have on aboard (Puss in Boots is a good example). But there are exceptions to every rule and if you come across something that looks grey and hairy and wears a dress your granny would wear, run away. Fast. It'll take the Big Bad Wolf a while to shake off that dress to pursue you so you should build up a good head start.
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.