The Great Ones

Their footsteps yet remaining do testify that they were indeed holy men who, fighting so valiantly, trod the world under their feet.
Of the Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis

I lay the blame for this once more on Rachel, (who is indisposed at present, mourning the fate of Les Miserables). Due to being out of town for some days and having come to one of those awkward social situations which I am not quite sure how to get Margaret sensibly through, I have been kicking my heels to not much avail. ("It'll come to you. Remember how you got out of that jail!") I'm a great dodger of responsibility, I'm ashamed to say, and rather than plough through the social mess I've slithered out and worked on other parts of Plenilune. One advantage slithering out gives me is that I get to see where characters stand down the road, what their opinions become, and generally what direction they have gone, so that in the present I may help to guide them there. But if I slither hard enough, I'll come right out behind myself in the end. I would like to introduce you now to the cast of Plenilune - or, the cast thus far. I give them no rank besides "Lord" or "Lady;" they wish to remain masked for now.

Margaret Coventry // Rupert de la Mare // Skander Rime // Rhea // Aikaterine // the blue-jay man // old Hobden // Livy // Malbrey // Witching Hour // Thairm // Talbot // Curoi // Dammerung War-wolf // Widowmaker // Gram // Lord Gro FitzDraco // Herluin // Lord Bloodburn // Blue-bottle Glass // Twiti // Latimer // Snati // Mark Roy // Romage // Aikin Ironside // Brand the Hammer // Centurion // Grane // Black Malkin // Woodbird Swan-neck // Altai-tek // Lady Kinloss // Melchior // the Fox // the Great Blind Dragon // Plenilune

These are the people I am working with, or will be working with, or manipulating, or however you choose to look at it. Now that I put them on paper (or blog), they don't seem to be that much. In person they are much more life-like and difficult. Here they are only so many names no one knows.

Your lord and mine are busy,” he said, not offering to introduce himself with anything more than a musing sort of smile; “and there will not be time enough for it later, but if my lady will come up with me on the guardhouse parapet I will name to her the names of the great ones as they pass by.”
plenilune, the blue-jay man

4 ripostes:

  1. Ooh! I love that little taste! Jenny...I am ashamed of my dialog. Oh gracious. Every little thing everyone says in your books is so weighted and quote-worthy. It's indecently brilliant, really! :D Also, I feel a grand sense of superiority, being somewhat acquainted with most of your greats. :)

  2. Wow, those names are brilliant :), Jenny, and have piqued my interest greatly. The dialogues of my characters most times aren't "quote-worthy" at all... not like this, anyhow. How you go about writing them?

    By the way, Plenilune, would be classified as fantasy, right?

  3. Plenilune is definitely fantasy, yes. And as for my dialogue, I told Rachel once, when she asked much the same question, that it is a matter of the language I am accustomed to using. I have read and enjoyed several authors in my youth whose dialogue (and narrative) crackle with fire and spice, and I have long ago learned to speak the same language. As for why the dialogue in Plenilune is so quotable, I suppose the most reasonable answer is that many, if not all, of the characters are in such positions that they are accustomed to having their words carry weight. They are used to wearing importance; it's quite natural for them. Contrastingly, the characters of Adamantine are blunt, common, noble-hearted folk and their talk is not so often "quote-worthy;" usually only when it really matters. In Plenilune the characters toss about rich speech like children playing at marbles; in Adamantine the characters pick out their words carefully, like a jeweller choosing gems for a necklace.

  4. I really like the names you have here. Shows I think you are very good at your craft. Though comparatively, I always thing you are a master at it.