Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Lady Dragon, Tela Du Launch: Interview with Kendra

It's here! The book I started reading half a year ago and have mentioned many times on my blog. I present to you, Kendra E. Ardnek's latest book Lady Dragon, Tela Du!

I'm not going to fangirl much right now as I have a review coming next week, but this book surprised me a lot. Since I knew the inspiration, I thought I knew where it would go. But it didn't, Kendra went far above and beyond my expectations. This book doesn't exactly sound like Narnia does it?

Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you've lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent - the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber's face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she's not sure if he's more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she'd much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family - including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can't possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

Well maybe it is a bit like Narnia, but it delves more into character interactions. The depth of emotion is stunning. But I'm getting sidetracked, this isn't supposed to be a review, I'm actually interviewing Kendra. Since I know her reasonably well I tried to ask deeper questions. Mostly.

So questions:

Me: What is your name, what is your quest and what is your favourite colour? (Umm, I'd been listening binge listening to Lasers, Dragons and Keyboards. That is their intro question.) But what is your quest?

Kendra: My Quest is to find interesting ideas, turn them into stories, and get them into the hands of people who will enjoy the story.

My name is Kendra E. Ardnek and my favorite color is purple.

What is your favourite place to write?

I will write just about anywhere, and I don't really have a favorite. Most of my writing is done at my desk in my writing cave, though. (I call it a cave because it's under my loft bed. Which is awesome.)

What is your definition of success in writing?

Writing stories that connect with people. I write for myself, first and foremost, but if the story I write doesn't connect with people, I feel like I failed. And if my story brings people together, that's even better.

If you didn't write what would you do?

Go crazy? Flip hamburgers at McDonalds? Make more hats? I really don't know.

If you were offered an expenses paid trip to one place in the world, where would you go?

Germany. I do not know why, but I'm a bit obsessed with the country, and they have some cool castles over there that I'd like to explore.

Castles are cool. Personally I want to visit South America for story research.
Kendra, you've written a lot of drafts of Lady Dragon, Tela Du. Was there anything big that surprised you about this one?

Laura's Voice did rather come out of nowhere, as did some of the final details. I also wasn't aware how connected she was to Amber and Granite's immortality until I wrote this final draft. And while previous drafts had focused more on Petra's sisterly relationship with Ashna, Petra's romantic relationship with Reuben played far more of a role. Also, Noraeto surprised me by already knowing a plot twist ahead of time.

Fascinating. I've always wondered what came up in what draft. I love those details that seem to come out of nowhere.
Did you do any interesting or odd research for this book?

I do not remember all of the research I did for the book, for it was done over the course of nearly eleven years. There was the six months of "Read as many non-Narnia fantasy books as I can while avoiding Narnia like the plague," though. I read some interesting books during that time. 
And during the last draft, I did look up Cherokee marriage proposals.

Ah, yes. *grins*
Is any part of the book inspired directly by personal experience? Or any of your other books?

While I can't say that it's a direct inspiration, this book is the story where I poured a lot of my pain after losing my Grammy seven years ago. Also, Reuben's reaction to arriving in Rizkaland is what I'm pretty sure my reaction would be if I were to actually end up in another world.
As for other books? Well, there is a pie scene in Do You Take This Quest? inspired by an actual argument between two of my cousins a few Thanksgivings ago.

That scene is fun. I never would have guessed.
What is something you want people to take away from Lady Dragon, Tela Du?

The knowledge that God is in control and has a plan, no matter how impossible things might seem, and the power of forgiveness, even when it's difficult.

What is an overarching theme for the series?

It seems to be the fact that God is in control, though that's a theme that is common with almost all of my writing. Sacrificial love and commitment is another theme.

And that's just what I thought. Sometimes I wonder if I'm understanding books the way the author intends. It's so easy to jump at one thing and decided that's the theme. It was great to have you, Kendra.

Thank you Anna

And just in case you don't already know everything about Kendra, I have the official bio.

Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.

You can find her on her blog and website. Add the book on Goodreads, and if I've managed to convince you to buy it you can get it on Kindle and as a paperback. A wonderfully thick paperback.

Also Water Princess, Fire Prince,  Book 1 of the Rizkaland Legends, will be free until the 23rd.

To finish Kendra is letting me share a delightful little snippet.

Ashley didn’t hesitate. She ran back out of the house and then walked across the street to Queen Michelle’s house. Summer answered the door when she knocked. 
“Did Petra change her mind and chase you off?” Summer asked, narrowing her eyes as she leaned against the doorframe. 
Ashley took a step backward and hastily shook her head. “I – I need to talk to your mother.” 
“Because…” It was sometimes so difficult to not mention Rizkaland to people who didn’t know about it. “Because Mum wants to talk to her.” 
Summer rolled her eyes. “You do know that you really don’t have to call her that just because Petra does. In fact, it annoys Petra when you do. Unless you enjoy annoying Petra, and last time I checked, you didn’t.” 
“Mum suits her,” Ashley quickly answered, glancing down. “It sounds more respectful than ‘mom,’ and I can’t call her ‘Mother.’” 
Summer raised an eyebrow, but instead of questioning Ashley’s statement, she straightened with a toss of her hair. “Well, why are we standing in the doorway wasting cold air? If you want to talk to my mom, come in and find her. Last time I checked, she was home.”

There will be more fun stuff about the book in these places today.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The World of the Verlisi: Natural Features

Peace to you my friends.

Plotting a story is hard work so I didn't feel like doing some deep post about writing. Instead I thought I'd share some bits about the world that Girl of the Rumours is set in. I think it's interesting (otherwise I'd have invented something else) and telling you about it will help me solidify my ideas.

I've already shared the common local greeting, so now I should introduce the world.

Suppose many, many different things had happened in the past of our world, and that something had happened in South America that depleted the population a lot. Also the geography formed differently. Then in 1343 a group of people from many different nations arrived there and settled the land. My story takes place about 300 years after this arrival. There are many different entities, but the most important to my story is a union of kingdom of many provinces and another nation that separated from it about a hundred years before. That nation is Nalanza, and the most important provinces are Verlis and Amra.

Geography and climate:

This is all based loosely off Peru, Ecuador and Paraquay. Imagine mountains, jungle, sweeping plains and waterfalls. It's still a bit hard to figure out. I should have looked at the geography and then figured out where everything should go, but I got an idea in my head first and it doesn't really fit. I'll figure it out somehow. I can tweak it if I want. This is supposed to be fantasy after all.

I'll just give the basic of what I do know. The province of Wherm is coastal and a bit on the dry side. Then Verlis is made up of large valleys among mountains. There are plenty of small rivers cutting through and lots of farm land. There is a very long, warm wet season. It mostly dries up in the winter, so that's the best time to travel if you have any choice. And the dragons are less active in the coldest weather.

Along one side border the mountains become very tall and very difficult to navigate. And one end is an area of very rough jungle. It runs right up into the big mountains. On the other side of the jungle is Amra. There's a big river separating the two. Amra is more rugged and mountainous, but still gets about the same rain. Finally over the mountains we have Nalanza. it's mostly savannah and a bit arid in places.

Fauna and flora:

Such eyes. How could they kill such a creature?
I mentioned dragons above. They're not your typical, big, fire breathing dragons. These creatures are
small, and mostly eat bugs and small rodents. They have been know to make off with young poultry as well.

I also have smallish wild cats inspired by ocelots, but more colourful. They're a menace when traveling, but it's illegal to kill them without special permission. They're not likely to kill you if you have a weapon, but they can give nasty scratches. So rather a lot are killed illegally.

There are herds of a creature that is somewhere between alpaca and buffalo, which are used for fiber pack animals, and occasionally meat. In Nalanza they have donkeys as well.

There are myriads of parrots, insects and small mammals including rabbits. In some areas they have various messenger birds. I'm thinking something fiercer than pigeons.

For plants I have not invented much that is unique. There areyour typical rainforest plants, and for crops they have corn and potatoes and many varieties of beans. There are also many plants used for dyes. Textiles are a big industry in Amra, so these are in high demand.

I hope you enjoyed this. Next week I'll be talking about culture, custom, clothing and cities.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Beautiful Books: A Brigand, No Longer

It's the time of the month when I usually do the Beautiful People link up. But it's also the time of the year when we take a break to talk about books. In particular, books we're about to start writing.

This book I'm about to write is tentatively titled A Brigand, No Longer. It's a sequel to Girl of the Rumours. There may or may not be another book coming after it. I really didn't want to write a trilogy, but I cannot fit all of my ideas into one more story.

What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

It was probably about a year ago that I came up with an interesting twist to Girl of the Rumours that would leave a couple of characters in a very interesting situation. That twist is not the same anymore. It actually involved a character, who has changed a lot of the course of the first draft (sometimes she was a young woman looking after her brother and sister, now she is their mother). Also there were too many coincidences in the story. Anyway there still seems to be some complex situations, and I wanted more room to play with some themes and relationships.

Describe what your novel is about!

Joane, the former lady brigand, is having trouble adjusting to her new circumstances. It's clear that she was meant to live out in the wilds and most people agree. So when shes hears that her former followers are forming into small warring factions and generally causing trouble, there is a strong urge to run away and get them back into line. But she knows her duty lies elsewhere. And that's about what I can write from the little I know. It's vague, but I can't give away spoilers for the previous book. Many other characters make a return though. And Arthen and Leisa marry.

What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

I'm really not sure how to answer this one. I don't even no how to describe it as a room. But it's more town than forest. Formal garden terraces, people sewing uniforms, an apothecary shop. A strategy planning map, arrows through windows, making bandages. Mocking laughter, a burning village, a formal dance.

Introduce us to each of your characters!

I really can't do this very much. I'm not yet sure how much to let out about who continues. But I'll describe Joane and a few fairly minor characters.

Joane doesn't smile much, she'd rather stare daggers through you. She can take charge of a room, but is in her element outdoors. Her black curly hair is too short to stay up well and she always has a weapon hidden about her.

Lady Naida Harly is a small, sprightly old woman. There's always a twinkle in her eye that says she understands you even when you don't say a word. But she's also ready to make you talk about it, and extremely hard to say no to.

Marcon Keresh is the second son of the Noble of Whern. He's slight pretentious, means fairly well, but thinks he knows how things should be done. (Also I didn't know he existed before I started writing this)

How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

I fill in things like this, throw random ideas around and try to organize them into something useful. And I'm getting writing books from the library again.

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

Putting Joane into many uncomfortable situations. Letting my characters grow more. Figuring out who Marcon is. Having father-daughter relationships.

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

It takes place in a city much more than the first book.

There will be some opulent surroundings at times.

It's summer, so lots of heat and the early harvest.

What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

She's trying to save her old followers from themselves, and help people survive a war. A new leader among the brigands and a lot of stubbornness and fear all round is making it difficult.

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

I really hope she becomes more humble, trusting and forgiving.

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

One theme is learning to trust, when things seem out of your control. Also learning to obey when when another path makes more sense. And being willing to live with people who ridicule you.

I want people to feel glad that they read it. And encouraged. Certainly encouraged.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Character Game Wrap up and Introductions

Hello friends,

So at the beginning of last month, I asked all of you to make guesses about a list of characters from Lady of Courage.

I got 11 answers and gathered some interesting information. First I'll share some stats and how many points people get. Then I'll actually tell you a bit about the characters.

So if I went with the popular vote on who filled each role I would have:

Rodrigo Baldini and Orsini Rizzetti as villains. They tied and 5 votes each. However, every man got at least one vote as villain. Considering I have complicated political intrigue going on, there really is more than one villain.

Justini Rizzetti as the Hero who marries Natalia. I had three people in second place, including Rodrigo Baldini again. Orsini Rizzetti was the only one who didn't get a vote.

And Valentina Orberti (who just happens to be the wife of Orsini Rizzetti) is the villainess. Eloisa Muertas was a close second, probably due to me forgetting that her last name is supposed to be spelled Murtas. There's a less close association with death that way.

Bettina Baldini was the only one nobody thought was the villainess, though she was labeled as spoiled mean chick.


I decided not to actually give numbers though I calculated them. Partly because I don't want people making deductions from them, and partly because wrong guesses are as helpful as right guesses.
But Alyssa Hollingsworth gets the most points for accuracy and the number of  helpful guesses. I just checked out her website and it looks like a really helpful one for writers. So since I can't really give a prize and I don't really know her, why don't all of you go over there and visit her?
Thank you, Alyssa.

The next most accurate person was an anonymous stranger, and then we have Sarah. Thank you both and thank you all. You have helped me determine that in general my names don't lean too strongly in any direction. I don't want my hero to be disliked because he sounds like a villain or my villain to be overly obvious.

About the characters:

Now I get onto the really fun stuff. I will tell you all why your guesses are inaccurate or ridiculous. And I might actually tell you who the villain is because it isn't really an important secret.

My protagonist is Natalia Rizzetti, heir to the top position in the Republic of Vecoa. That's a republic like Venice, not like our modern republics.

Celino Acqui is Natalia's stepfather. He's a nobleman and trading merchant. Cloe Neroni is her mother and a very good woman. Rhesa is a peasant girl who becomes Natalia's maid.

Justini is a second cousin of hers and is a count. The general opinion is that he only cares for parties and gaming, but his affairs are very well managed and he does always turn up if something important comes up in the council room and his wife is a contented woman.

Ivano and Taddio are a couple of Natalia's suitors. Rubina Falco is Ivano's mother and Lorenzo is her brother. He is a widower with a six year old daughter.


Eloisa Murtas is a cousin  and close friend of Natalia's. She's also the captain over a regiment of the guard and along with her husband Fausto is a council member. Luca Mondo is her brother-in-law and under her command.

Orsini Rizzetti and Valentina Orberti are Natalia's uncle and aunt. Aunt Valentina is also Taddio's aunt. You can guess where that might put her as far as meddling with who Natalia marries.

Rodrigo Baldini is a council man, with a very good eye for how to achieve what he thinks is best for everyone's interests. Bettina is his daughter. She's a bit silly, but Natalia considers her to be a friend.

And lastly we have Demetrio Pavone, the son of the Duke of Doranto. The sovereign Duchy of Doranto is a major sea power despite being quite small. Demetrio is another of Natalia's suitors, despite the fact that she's never liked him and turned him down immediately. So now he is trying his very best powers of persuasion, since a union would be of great benefit to both states.

There are other characters that I shall certainly mention later on. And I expect to add more as I write the book. To have political factions, intrigue and foreign politics, quite a number of characters are necessary.

Now next week I will probably be talking about current projects or writing in general, instead this shelved project I want to get back into it, but I can't focus on multiple projects and others are more demanding.

Thank you all again. If you want to add any more speculations about these characters, please do.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Books as Rooms Challenge

Hello friends,

Hope Ann tagged me for a writing challenge that Writefury started. I had said someone might tag me and this looks like a very fun one.
I, not paying attention, went and made my own tag graphic.


  1. Link back to Writefury and the person who tagged you. 
  2. Write 3 of your own books as rooms. They can be finished, works in progress, or even just ideas, but they have to be your own. 
  3. Write 1 of your favorite books to read as a room. 
  4. Tag 5 other people.
At least, that’s the basic idea. It seems that these are actually guidelines, more than the way it must be done. But I´ll try to follow it anyway.

My Books:

Girl of the Rumours

An old, low broken down room of wood and stone. There are cloth wall hangings that may have been bright jewel tones once, but are now dingy and torn. A single oil lamps burns brightly on a table in the center of the room, illuminating a jeweled knife and a silver necklace. Sacks sit in the shadows of one corner, low bench seats in another. And around the window openings, vines are creeping in.

Lady of Courage

An enormous paneled room with a vaulted ceiling and a set of ornate, curving staircases opening onto a platform at one end. In the centre of the carpeted floor is a massive oval table surrounded by silk upholstered chairs. The table is covered by maps, papers and writing implements, with small lit globes at intervals. The rest of the room is occupied with small clusters of chairs and a few small tables. Along the walls are curtained alcoves and door ways with magnificent paintings hung in between them. At the opposite end to the stairs is an gigantic clock.

A Maretegna Mystery (something I may write one day; this is not the title)

A small room with wooden slat walls. At one end is a kitchen with neatly stacked dishes, bins of food in a corner and a brightly burning fire with an pot bubbling away over it. At the other end is a table with odds and ends laid out over it along with small neatly written notes. Chairs sit askew around it and underneath a doll rests against a crude wooden horse.

Not My Book:

The Victor by Patricia St. John

A dark, one-room hut with a dim oil lamp sitting on the floor. To one side there is a sleeping mat, to the other a fishing net. A few bloody shards of pottery lie scattered around.

And now I tag people. this is when I wish I had more blogging friends. So I'll tag some people who don't know me so well, along with a few who do.

Victoria Grace Howell

And if I forgot anyone and you want to do it, please consider yourselves tagged.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

5 Responsibilities of Christian Writers

Hello friends,

Here is one of the more serious posts I've been promising. It's something I've been thinking about for a while and bounced some of the points off my friend Kendra several weeks back. And speaking of Kendra she's still looking for a few more people for her blog tour of Lady Dragon Tela Du in a months time. It's an awesome book. Head over here or click the button on the side bar, if you're interested. Now, onto the points.

As Christians and writers we have a great responsibility. We are writing things we hope will be read by people and have an impact on them. We are trying to affect people's minds. Or even if some of your aren't trying, it's impossible to avoid. If you don't want to affect people, perhaps you should make pizzas instead. But one of my points still applies to Christan pizza makers so keep reading.

We must not portray evil as good

This one looks pretty clear. We must not redefine morality. We cannot portray murder or theft as good. (Though we might explore some dilemmas around those crimes.)

But actually how to do it can be trickier. I think it can slip in more subtly. For example, if there are not suitable consequences for evil, we make the line less clear. What the consequences are, whether or not to show mercy, are of course left up to the author of each individual story to figure out. They may be natural consequences.

But if your protagonist does wrong, it must be made right. It cannot be ignored, or else it may appear to be okay. Even if your protagonist is truly trying to do the right thing and is boxed in between two bad choices, there must be some consequence.

However those situations are often not realistic and can be constructed for the express purpose of making writing look right. Don't do that. Perhaps give them a difficult, hard to see third option. Or perhaps let them realize that this other choice was there later, and that they did the wrong thing. And have a consequence.

Also 'evil' is broader than we may think. This is somewhere many of us may blur lines. Disrespecting parent, being unkind, being lazy, simply thinking bad thoughts are all wrong. Yes, these things will happen in our books, unless we're writing about perfectly perfect people (=boring). But we shouldn't normalize them as being okay.

We must reflect God's reality

This point is an extension of the one above. Some stories are just a superficial shadow of the way God made the world. They ignore the big things of the world. Yes, seemingly trivial things can be important to individuals, but it is not the purpose of life to simply eat, drink and watch movies, or even make enough money to live. God created us for a purpose, a battle between good and evil is going on. Please show some of that. It can be on a personal level or a worldwide conflict, but show it.

We should portray love, mercy, justice and other abstract concepts accurately. Also good character traits, such as courage, honesty and humility. These things are not always understood by the world. Courage is not the absence of fear, but doing what's right despite it. (Okay, so that might be a well understood concept, but my point still stands.)

We should show relationships accurately. Siblings can and should get along well, teenagers don't have to be rebels, friends can have a bad influence and sometimes it's selfish to tell a person that you love them. Marriage isn't just about 'love' and having another person to make you happy, it's also about commitment, and working together. And marriage doesn't doesn't instantly turn you into a better person. (So I've heard, I have no experience in that.) So don't show it that way. Show some examples of how things should be, and don't do what never really happens. (This will also make your story more relate-able and therefore better.)

And we should portray God accurately overall. Not everyone has to see him that way in your story, but God is not evil, he is in control and he doesn't change. We shouldn't try to say otherwise.

We must spur people to action, not distract them

This was the point I got the post idea from. I was thinking about how people get very caught up in books at times. But though reading a book can be thought provoking or relaxing it is not entirely productive. 

If we create a world that readers like better than the real world and it pushed them to make a difference and improve our world, that is a success. But if instead they wish they lived in that other world and spend all there spare time dreaming about it and reading your books that is a failure.

The same applies to characters. If people wish they were more like your character is good qualities and are inspired and encouraged, that is a success. But if they wish they were actually that person in that position and do nothing that is a failure. If someone wished they were your heroine just because the hero is amazing there's a problem.

This might be off the overall topic, but there is a talk by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin called Jane Austen and Vampires. It's about what girls read. And they said, quoting very roughly, "If your life is boring and you feel the need to escape into books, maybe the thing that's missing is you doing things in it." And we want people doing things in theirs lives not just reading our books.

So even though we want our books to be engaging, we need to be careful to not trap people in them. God should be the centre of people lives, not anything we have written.

We must point people to God

Making people happy or moral without pointing them to God isn't doing them any good in the end. Even if we're writing a book that doesn't clearly mention God, doesn't have someone come to faith, or isn't about a believer, we can still do this. Even if we don't give the answer, the question must still be asked. Show people that there's more to life than what can be seen. Make them realize the emptiness of life without God. Give them a bit of hope, something to make them search. And trust God.

Or if you are writing for Christians, then you should certainly show God. Remind them of things they might have forgotten. Encourage them and build them up.

We must follow God in our lives

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.- 1 Corinthians 10:31
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as to the Lord, and not to men. - Colossians 3:23
Being a Christian doesn't just impact what we write. It impacts how we live. Follow the Lord with all your heart and mind and soul and strength. Love his words. Read all of it. Think about it obey it. And it will affect your life. 

We need to be a follower of Christ when we talk to a publisher, buy stationery,  and deal with interruptions. And we must be ready to follow him wherever he leads. We may be writers, but that doesn't mean God won't call us to do others things. In fact most of us do.


And that is what I call a serious post. I hope this is useful to someone. I know writing it down has helped me. You may think that I had more than five reasons or that I could have grouped them into less. I completely agree. That's why I didn't number them.

I'll be back next week with something. I don't know what yet. Perhaps someone will inspire me. Perhaps I'll see some tag floating around and steal it. Or perhaps I'll come up with something at the last moment out of desperation. (Yes, that is where many of my posts come from. This post is an exception by being written the day before. I'd like that to become the new rule though. It's less stressful the day before and stress is bad.)

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Beautiful People: Wil is NOT a knight

It's this time of the month again. Beautiful People with Cait and Skye. If you want to check out what other people have done click on the picture.

Today I'm telling you about Wil from Girl of the Rumours. He is often called Blue Wil, to distinguish him from anyone else who might have that name. Other names are Sir Wil and Preacher Wil. He says they're both wrong. He is certainly not a knight And his full name might be Wilothi, a name my little brother helped me invent, which once belonged to another character.

Now onto the questions.

How did you come up with this character?

I thought Nylf needed a friend, a sidekick of sorts. I filled in a few basics, Took a leftover first name from one place and a last name from another. decided to give him the colour blue as a reference to Will Scarlet. (Robin Hood is also where Arthen Stute's last name came from, though it initially belonged to someone else.) And then my subconscious took over and came up with a fascinating backstory, He doesn't even like Nylf anymore. I don't even remember how it happened.

Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?

Probably yes. When you live out in the jungle with no fixed occupation and others relying on you, sometimes you have to go hungry. And a likely food would be a tapeti (rabbit).

Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?

He's good at hunting, the roundup and making shoes.

List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.

Wil doesn't tend to lose his temper. But if someone repeatably did something he'd asked them not to he would. Also if someone did something Wil thought was completely unjust and claimed the problem was with Wil's moral code, well I'm glad I wasn't around that day. And he has a tendency to beat himself up over what he should have done.

What is their favourite type of weather? Least favorite?

Cloudy days are good. Torrential rain is bad.

What is their MBTI personality?

I'm not quite sure. Wil is trying to ignore bits of his life and not get involved with other people though that would be more natural to him. Right now I'm thinking ISTJ. It fits with the even temper. Yesterday I said ISTP, and a few days before I was considering the possibility of him being an INFJ.

Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?

Probably present problems. Wil isn't a worrier in general.

What is their favourite thing to drink?

Chocolate? I haven't thought about drinks at all in my world building.

What is their favourite color? Least favorite?

Favourite is blue. He has gotten his nickname for a reason. And he has a distaste for yellow and black together. And the colour white. It's impractical and shows up dirt, or blood far too well.

What is a book that changed their life?

The Bible. But that's a long story. Even I don't know it all.

Now it's just so happens that it's my birthday today. So I'll be nice and share a snippet. In fact the first bit with Wil in it.

  "Listen," Wil leaned forward and a beam of light fell across gold brown hair. "Mirfwoods isn't a good place for young ladies to be around, Lass Aydel. If what Nylf has told you is true you should find someone of good status who can take you to Verlis. I-" He hesitated a moment. "Elind and I would even take you to Noble Linsti if you want."
  "Noble Linsti!" Aydel spat out. "Are you mad? He's the last person I could trust. Arthen and my parents are working for him. He doesn't care about any of you. All he wants is  an opportunity to gain power over Verlis."
  Wil frowned. "Perhaps he doesn't care as much as he should but I'm sure it isn't as bad as all that. He is honour bound as a noble, to help another noble's daughter. Nylf and the sort who you'd find hanging around Mirfwoods, don't have that honour. They'll do what is to their advantage. It might be to yours, it might not."
  "So you don't trust him." Aydel glared across at Wil. "Well I don't trust you, so that makes two of us. But despite that fact I will still allow you to escort me to Mirfwoods if you will."
  "And if I won't?"
  "Then I'll ask around and find it myself. I'm resourceful. But I would be much happier to have someone else who Nylf must trust at least a little."
  Wil sighed. "Very well, Elind and I will take you there, Lady Adlayda." He gave a deep bow.
 Don't forget you can make guesses in my character name perception game until the end of the month. I'd appreciate getting as much feedback as possible.

Also I'm wondering if anyone noticed what fact about Wil I left out.