Thursday, May 5, 2011

My Antagonist’s Antagonist

I’m on chapter 18 of my edits, and I recently read over (and fixed) a scene with my central antagonist, and I feel . . . guilty. Guilty for doing this scene to him. I’ve revised this book to make him a rounder character, hopefully more relatable, more human. And now I feel bad. It’s because of a scene I added earlier in the story, and the tweaks I made to this chapter. I’m a horrible person.

Sigh. Hopefully it works out for the book as a whole.

Meanwhile, Kylah, the main character for my next story which-may-or-may-not-involve-chickens, is becoming pretty awesome inside my head. I have a lot of outlining to do still, but I have high hopes for him. (I’m also giving a second try to having a non-caucasian protagonist. I had done this initially with The Raimos, which is frying on the burner somewhere behind the back burners. . . .)

[Spoiler warning]

Random question to David Farland, who doesn’t read this blog: So I’m on Wizardborn, #3 of your Runelords series, and I’m confused. Anders, a wind wizard, just sent a bunch of rats to Mystarria to kill Iome. But we just established that Earth wardens are the ones who have jurisdiction over animals, as Averan just did her whole deer-summon shindig and whatnot. So how can a wind wizard summon all these rats out of the sewers to go attack Mystarria? Since when did wind have any power over rats? This is deeply confusing me. Please explain.

The end.


  1. You feel guilty about torturing your characters? Usually, I'm laughing so much it's hard to feel anything but a sadistic sense of twisted joy.

    Man, I love writing. :)

  2. I haven't read Runelords in years, but I think it has something to do with the "pestilence and plague" idea. Rats are plague-y and so wind has some sort of jurisdiction there? It's been a while, I might be totally off-base.

    I love you. <3