- It's probably best not renewing your life insurance. Not exactly a confidence booster.
- Yes, there are savage beasts out there. Why do you ask? Basically this means you can't use this as an excuse to get out of whatever mission/quest you're about to be sent on. This means that this is the reality of life in this particular world. You just have to get on and deal with it.
- You will have a magical being to help you. On the face of it, this sounds like good news but what they don't say here is the one they are sending with you is probably someone they wouldn't be sorry to see the back of due to incompetence or because they are awkward. In fairness having this being accompany you should help improve your chances of survival but not so much that you can overturn point 1 in this list! Said magical being will be a target for the enemy, of course. Naturally that enemy will not worry if they kill you too.
- Are you selling up then? Can I have your antique ...... whatever is the desired object in question? See even your relatives and friends aren't expecting you to come back.
- You were specially selected for this assignment. This is not a compliment. It says you are (a) gullible, (b) expendable and (c) not popular with the powers that be that chose you. They want you to go away and if that involves the guy with the scythe and hooded robe, so be it.
Hearing the wonderful news Andy Murray has become men's tennis world number one (brilliant news!), it is so heartening to see how his hard work and persistence have paid off. And in fictional characters, I am especially fond of those who don't give up and face down every obstacle in their way. (Indeed there's precious litle story without that trait). So what character traits do I think are the most important then?
My Chandler's Ford Today post for this week is called My Top 10 Classical Music Greats and got me thinking about the role music can play in fiction. I've had a brief look at this in my This World and Others website where my blog Musical Tastes looks at how classical music could be viewed in your fictional world, who is allowed to learn how to play and so on. For this post though, I want to look at how music is enjoyed by the people in your stories.
Is your world developed enough to have radio so music reaches people that way? Alternatively do your characters go to concerts and how easy is it for them to get to these? Are the orchestras state sponsored and deliberately sent out by your government to entertain the masses to ensure there are no political protests and so on?
Can the musicians play whatever they like or do they have to stick to a repetoire? What are the consequences if they do not do this? There should be some good story ideas here!
The last thing any magical world needs is unqualified magical beings let loose all over the place. The damage they could cause is immense. Hence the need for magical schools, universities and so on. So what would be the basic magical tests for competence? Allowing there would be exams in specialist subjects, everyone in my fictional Fairy Kingdom would have to prove competent in the following.
I don't really have a favourite time of the year given I see things to love about all of the seasons. Right now I'm loving the autumn leaf colours and walking through the leaves when taking the dog out. But the thought of this led me to wonder about fictional seasons and times. Do they match ours or are they radically different?
What are your characters' favourite times of the year and why? My late grandmother always used to hate autumn because she associated it with dying things and yes she too died in the autumn. Could your characters' preferences here reveal more about them and their general state of mind?
How does your fictional world handle the change of seasons? Are they unmarked or are there special events to mark each one?
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.