Tuesday, April 09, 2013

"Do we go with your dad or Lassie?" "Worst option ever."

 I had a lot of ideas for H, but none of them could out do Howl's charm. So...

 How's Moving Castle.

"May all your bacon burn."

 I did a review on this movie once, so I will just do a quick overview. The book this movie is based after is one of the best I've read, and while the movie is different it is still really good. (It has Howl in it, and anything with Howl is bound to be good.)

 Anyways, this is one movie I try and talk everyone into watching.


 I have been having a lot of trouble re-writing Abolished Impracticality, the second book. I was blaming this on crazy things happening in my life at the moment, the fact spring is coming and I have a bad case of cabin fever, and the mass of editing I've not been doing. But I realized something, the blame can be laid on nothing but myself.

 Everyone has to admit that Authors have a certain amount of evilness in them. We love to make readers suffer *whistles innocently.* I know, an author shouldn't be admitting this, but I am. I whine and complain about BBC breaking my heart, and then I sit down and think up ways to break my reader's hearts. But maybe all stories need a bit of heart break in them from time to time. 

 Either way, I did come up with some things in these books which I hoped would leave my readers whining and complaining and wishing to throw something at me. The first book, not so much. But in the other three, things began to happen which caught me off guard. And then Clair pointed out some facts about Hogan which I often did not see. (See how my characters are? Revealing things to  their Artist and not their Author?)

 Anyways, on seeing Hogan in a whole new light, the books took on a new twist. And while the evilness in me wishes to send my readers into a sobbing fit, the author and reader in me is sulking over it all. Authors are evil, but we also love our characters and making them suffer isn't something we jump up and down in glee over - okay, so not all the time. Also, for some reason it has been really hard making Hogan so miserable. (Miserable might be the wrong word, but I can't think of another.)

 And you throw all these mixed up emotions into one person, and have the character whose heart you are breaking constantly standing over you and go, "Why? Why me?" It makes it hard to write. It took me about a week to get through the one chapter were a lot of Hogan's past is revealed. I kept wanting to hug the crusty old sailor and tell him everything would be better. Though coming from his evil author, I'm not sure he believed it.

 There have been other things which have been hard to write in this book. Plot developments which the characters knew had to happen but which sent me into a week long sulking. (I sometimes wonder how my family can stand living in the same house with me and my sulking, followed by glee when I figure something out.)

 At least I can kind of look forward to the ending of this book. Being the author, I get to know something the readers don't. Which kind of makes up for breaking Hogan's heart so cruelly. (I take what small pleasures I can get. Fellow authors likely understand this. Readers - you probably wish to strangle said authors.)

 Nevertheless, in spite of my sulking and cruelness, I am close to finishing the second book, which means more sulking because I always do so when I finish a book. Thankfully I won't have to do another scene like Hogan's...oh wait, I spoke too soon. There is that one scene....

 Now I must leave, editing and all that. Quote is once again from Psych, between Shawn and Gus after Shawn's dad joins the police force.




  1. Loved this post it's so true! The parts that will break my reader's hearts also break my own to write.

    (I need to see Howl's Moving Castle... I read the book last year so I could watch the movie, but haven't gotten around to watching it).

  2. I have the movie and I love it. I haven't read it, though. I think I should check it out!

  3. Creating a character from scratch and knowing him like a best friend and then dashing all his hopes and life goals every time it seems he's are almost there. . . It is a rather depressing business. :( Maybe that's why I'm always so moody.

  4. May all your bacon burn?!! lol that so made me snort.

    Thanks for the info on this one!

    herding cats & burning soup

  5. I just really need to watch that movie. I have a free dvd checkout at the library. Maybe I'll see if it's there. :D

    Jack! Why you torment your readers!?! haha, actually go for it. I've always liked the books that make me cry/want to throw the book across the room. It means more, I guess. Not very nice for your characters, but they'll live.... wait. They'll live, right? No? Hmmmm. Kat wrote a book that wasn't nice to her main character. She hasn't written the sequel. It's kind of killing me. LOL.

  6. Here, have some of my Easter chocolate that I'm technically not supposed to have because of its milk content. Sequels are harder than book ones, I'm convinced, especially when you want to make your readers suffer. Not only do you have to make sure that your characters are true to what they had been before, but the book must be better than book one (to show that you're growing.)

    But congratulations on being almost finished. Mind if I put my name on your list of editors? (I'd also like to volunteer for Stretch of Loyalty.) *Makes a puppy-dog please face*

  7. Sometimes we just get so emotionally wrapped up in our characters, it's difficult to write.

  8. Authors are sneaky things. We like to plot and sneak and use all of our cunning to unravel stories of people we can't help but torture for the sake of improving them later on. (Well, some get improved. Others just act sad, or evil, or ignore it entirely.) Even though I hate it when authors act so, as an author I respect them anyway for having the tenacity (this probably isn't the right word) to put their characters through it. That, or they're crazy. Probably a mix of both.

  9. I think a great tribute to any author is have a fan get "mad" at them for doing something to a fictional character of theirs. :)

  10. Poor Hogan.... I am afriad of reading Book #2.
    Yet I can't blame you.... I love to torture my readers. And my characters too. Maybe that's why they all behave so well (except for Andrew, the sneak).
    Sometimes I'm afriad I'm turning into a Mini-Moffat. *shudders*

    1. Don't you dare turn into him, Abbey! Quick! Someone make her watch The Final Problem! :)
      I like seeing my Mom and my sister's natural reactions to plot twists. So if I have a deliciously evil one, I try not to tell them bout it.

      ~Robyn Hoode


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