Adamantine - Inklight

I got tagged with these questions by Megan. I'm a bit slow on the up-take, and I haven't quite figured out how tagging works. Do you mean tagging as one would tag a Christmas present, or tagging as in "Tag, you're it"? It's all very perplexing. But I obliged, because I was intrigued, and here I am, having dutifully filled out these billion questions which might shed a little more inklight onto my story Adamantine. Or they might not. They might just muddy it still more, I don't know. Enjoy!

Megan, this is all your fault.

1. What’s your word count?

214,120 words, but I’m still editing so that number will fluctuate.

2. How long until you finish?

Aw, gee, I don’t know. I would like to finish in the not-too-distant future, preferably long before the summer holidays are over.

3. If you have finished, how long did it take you?

Well, technically I have finished the story. And I’ve never understood the point of this question. What does it mean, knowing how long it took one to write a story? I didn’t keep track of the day I started. I’m horrible at keeping time. I’ve been at this story for a while now, that’s all I know.

4. Do you have an outline?
Hee. Hee. Hee. No.

5. Do you have a plot?
I should bally well HOPE so!

6. How many words do you typically write a day?
It depends on how inspired I am at any given time. When I’ve got a story really on fire, I can write upwards of several thousand words a day. When I’m piddling along, it’s like pulling teeth.

7. What was your greatest word count in one day?
I think I’ve written five thousand words in a single day. Not particularly stellar, but not too shabby. Not too shabby.

8. What was your least impressive word count in one day?
Oy boy. Maybe…five?

9. What inspired you to write?
All the stories I was read and that I read myself when I was a child. And my imagination.

10. Does your novel/story have a theme song?
Not really, though the hymn Amazing Grace is rather important in the plot. I suppose Loreena McKennitt's "The Never-Ending Road" might squeeze in close as applicable.

11. Assign each of your major characters a theme song.

I already did. They can be found at my last Inklight post.

12. Which character is most like you?
Adamant is most like me, being the principle female character of the tale.

13. Which character would you most likely be friends with?
I like to think it would be Rhodri, if he would be patient enough with me. Considering the gruelling bruising and battering I’ve taken him through, I’m not sure how firm our friendship is right now. But I like him, whether or not he likes me.

14. Do you have a Gary-Stu or Mary Sue character?
None of the tests my characters have taken have labelled them as Stues or Sues.

15. Who is your favourite character in your novel?
Ack, that’s a difficult question. Rhodri first, and the pooka as a close second.

16. Have your characters ever done something completely unexpected?
Yes. Oh yes. Oh goodness, yes. Rhodri has a knack for it, throwing sudden rabbit-trails out into the conversation and taking everyone down the rabbit-hole while I stay above wondering if I really ought to plunge down after them.

17. Have you based any of your novel directly on personal experiences?
It’s really hard to say. Of course I haven’t been to Faerie, of course I haven’t met a flesh-and-blood Catti. Or course I haven’t got stabbed into a pretty sieve by spears. But when you’re thinking all this stuff up, it really is just like it is all happening to you. A few things, which I shan’t tell, have happened to me before, and wormed their way into the story.

18. Do you believe in plot bunnies?

Do I—do I believe in plot bunnies? Have you been down the rabbit-hole, Miss Alice?Have you seen my plot bunnies?

19. Is there magic in your novel/story?
It depends on how you define ‘magic.’ Yes, there is some. There is other stuff, but that, said Kipling, said Lewis said Aristotle, is another story—and I shan’t spoil it.

20. Are any holidays celebrated in your novel/story?
Christmas is observed in several capacities, both Christian and pagan; the important astrological points of the year are observed by most folk.

21. Does anyone die?
Am I allowed an evil chuckle? Yes, there is death.

22. How many cups of coffee/tea have you consumed during your writing experience?
I couldn’t possibly tell you. The quantity is beyond counting. I don’t bother keeping track of all the cups of tea I drink.

23. What is the latest you have stayed up writing?
Midnight is probably the latest I have stayed up.

24. What is the best line?
Aw, gee, I don’t want to give away best lines. I’m inordinately fond of “A blush, I think, would be appropriate.”

25. What is the worst line?
“Let me go! Ow!”

26. Have you dreamed about your novel/story or its characters?

I think I have, maybe once or twice, and it was something really darned clever, too, with Rhodri…but now I can’t recall what it was. Blast.

27. Does your novel rely heavily on allegory?
Not at all. I’m not sure there is any intentional allegory in it at all, though a bit might have slipped in while my back was turned.

28. Summarize your novel/story in under fifteen words.
Concluding Beowulf’s tale, Adamant must find Wiglaf, turning the world upside-down in the process.

29. Do you love all your characters?
Absolutely! Well, I like some, and I love some, and I love to hate some.

30. Have you done something sadistic or cruel to your characters specifically to increase your word count?

I’ve been sadistic and cruel, perhaps, but never for the sole purpose of increasing my word count. What dastardly folly!

31. What was the last thing your main character ate?
Uh, punch, I think. And those little tea-sandwiches with the cucumbers inside. I love those things.

32. Describe your main character in three words.
Demure. Passionate. Adamantine.

33. What would your antagonists dress up as for Halloween?
That's easy. The Dullahan and the Cóiste Bodhar.

34. Does anyone in your story go to a place of worship?
Monasteries are mentioned, and the characters spend the night at a convent.

35. How many romantic relationships take place in your novel/story?
Mm, several. Telling would be telling, wouldn’t it, eh? "Even the smell of roses is not what they supposes; but more than mind discloses and more than men believe."

36. Are there any explosions in your novel/story?
Apart from tempers, there are no chemical explosions.

37. Is there an apocalypse in your novel/story?
If you define “apocalypse” as it ought to be defined, you might say that, yes.

38. Does your novel take place in a post-apocalyptic world?
Don’t be ridiculous.

39. Are there zombies, vampires or werewolves in your novel/story?

No. No. Just no.

40. Are there witches, wizards or mythological creatures/figures in your novel/story?
There are a number of magical creatures included in the plot, witches among them.

41. Is anyone reincarnated?

42. Is anyone physically ailed?
Oh please, I laugh. There is plenty of battering about, cavorting with weapons, drawn blood, etc. Fun times. Fun times, old boy. Fun times.

43. Is anyone mentally ill?
A character reflects on the possible fact of his having gone mad in the past.

44. Does anyone have swine flu?
No pigs fly in this story, I’m sorry.

45. Who has pets in your novel and what are they?
Adamant has a gargoyle, Andor.

46. Are there angels, demons, or any religious references/figures in your novel/story?
There are several references and key characters of supernatural import, some real, some just pagan.

47. How about political figures?
There are kings, chieftains, military officers, etc.

48. Is there incessant drinking?
I wouldn’t call it incessant. They come up for air. No, no, there isn’t incessant drinking.

49. Are there board games? If so, which ones?
Only political intrigue and the like.

50. Are there any dream sequences?
Yes, several.

51. Is there humor?
I suppose that’s rather up to the reader to decide.

52. Is there tragedy?
Again, that’s for the reader to determine.

53. Does anyone have a temper tantrum?
I don’t know about temper tantrums. Tempers do come to a head on occasion. A head comes to tempers, as to that.

54. How many characters end up single at the end of your novel/story?
I don’t break up any couples. Not in this story, at least.

55. Is anyone in your novel/story adopted?
Well, I suppose you might say Wiglaf was adopted by Beowulf. Two characters sort of unofficially adopt each other.

56. Does anyone in your novel/story wear glasses?
Mm, no.

57. Has your novel/story provided insight about your life?
I like to think so.

58. Your personality?
If anything, I hope this story has helped shape my personality for the better.

59. Has your novel/story inspired anyone?
I really don’t know. I certainly hope so.

60. How many people have asked to read your novel/story?
I’m afraid I didn’t stop to count. Everyone I know has expressed an interest in reading it; I suppose that’s something.

61. Have you drawn any of your characters?
Yes, actually, quite a number of them.

62. Has anyone drawn your characters for you?
No, not to my knowledge.

63. Does anyone vomit in your novel/story?
Oh, vomiting is so much fun. It depicts pathos. It depicts suffering. It engenders feelings in the reader for the character vomiting. Or else the characters have a lousy cook and a case of food poisoning. Yes, a character vomits.

64. Does anyone bleed in your novel/story?
A better question would be, does anyone not bleed in the story.

65. Do any of your characters watch TV?
Heavens, no. There is no television. There is no concept of television. Save for the illiterate character, everyone is a passable or devoted reader.

66. What size shoe does your main character wear?
Adamant is English, but you must excuse my ignorance of English shoe size scales. She wears a six or a six-and-a-half. She has very small feet, quite dainty and lady-like.

67. Do any of the characters in your novel/story use a computer?
Give me a cudgel and I’ll have at the person who dreams of putting computers in Faerie.

68. How would you react if your novel/story was erased entirely?
How would you like it if your heart were ripped out, stamped into the mud, burned, hurled into the ocean, followed by your toes, your fingers, and then your eyeballs? I don’t think about such things. It is simply too horrible to contemplate.

69. Did you cry at killing off any of your characters?
Not strictly speaking, but Beowulf’s death always makes me cry.

70. Did you cheer when killing off one of your characters?
Yes, I did. Such fun! Hee, hee.

71. What advice would you give to a fellow writer?

Persevere. Don’t be content with the mediocre and cliché. Read good literature.

72. Describe your ending in three words.
Enchanting. Fulfilling. Gratifying.

73. Are there any love triangles, squares, hexagons, etc.?
There are a few snarls, but only one triangle to speak of, if you want to call it a triangle.

74. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the least stressful, 10 being the most) how does your stress rank?
It rather depends on the importance of the scene and how well (or not well) it is coming. At the moment I would put myself around a three or a four, though I should probably motivate myself and be around a six or a seven.

75. Was it worth it?

As the author, absolutely. I enjoyed this adventure immensely, and I’m glad I got to invent and get to know these characters, and watch them grow (or degenerate, as the case may be). As for the readership, they have yet to tell me. I hope it was worth it to them.

I'm going to spend the rest of the day doing laundry and editing Adamantine to make up for the hour I wasted last night writing this up. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. How about you folk? I'll stick Christmas labels on you all, because I want to see you answer these questions too - if only to know that I wasn't the only one wasting and hour at this silliness. The game's afoot: follow your spirit, and upon this charge cry - "God for Harry, England, and Saint George!"

5 ripostes:

  1. Hee-hee!

    This was a great deal of fun to read, so I vote your hour was worth it. I'm glad I coerced you. :P

    "A blush, I think, would be appropriate" is definitely one of the best lines. It is so very Rhodri.

    And "they come up for air sometimes" ... HAH!

  2. I honestly didn't know what to make of that question. Incessant drinking? What is one to deduce from that? Yes, yes, the whole plot consists of whiskey-and-sodas and the characters do nothing but smash themselves from sunup to sundown.




    So I gave arrant nonsense back. Only thing to do, in circumstances like these.

    (Whiskey is kind of gross, by the way.)

  3. I enjoyed that :) It makes me wish I were editing my novel. As it is, I've barely even written half of it. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever finish, but I suppose every writer wonders that at one point or another.
    Your tag also makes me want to read the whole of your story!


  4. Very good, Gwyn, very good. Frankly, I begin to grow rather anxious about these sorts of things, for fear I might go over the line and give away too much in the process of tempting you along. But it is my sincere wish that, should you read Adamantine, my own existence might fade into the background and the story might speak to you for itself. There is nothing quite so uncomfortable as being attached irreparably from one's own writing. A good story ought to float off on its own.

    And if you were able to crawl inside my mind, oh, perhaps nigh on a year ago, you might have heard me wonder if I would ever finish this massive saga. There was a time when I was knee-deep in the muck of it all with no view of the horizon. I had no idea how I was going to reach the end. There was a lot of kicked pebbles and cow-like lowing of despair. But I managed it. By God's providence, I managed it.

    And never mind if you are just halfway through your work, Gwyn. I should very much like to see what you have to say in answer to these questions, or at least the ones that apply. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, you know.

    I imagine Jack got boxed in the ears by his mother for saying that. Funny how they leave that bit out.

  5. The second part of the rhyme being the mother's response I suppose