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The trouble with POV

Now, considering that I’m still only in the process of writing the first book, this may seem like I’m jumping ahead of myself to some of you. However, it must be understood that since the moment the idea for the story was born, it has always been a three-part tale, and all three parts are just as important as the others. It is nearly impossible for me to single one part out from the other three, especially now in the writing and creating stage, because it’s just that type of story.

All that said, one of my biggest issues when approaching it is POV (point of view). I’m quite accustomed to writing in first person point of view, and have personally always considered my third person to be quite shallow. That aside, when looking at the story itself and how intimate I want certain things to be, there was never really a doubt in my mind that I would tell it from first person. My question was always – “But who’s point of view is it?”

While writing “Emerald…,” we are seeing the story through Valencia’s eyes, because most of the first book is about her discovering the Emerald, learning about the magical world hidden in her backyard, and beginning to use her magical abilities up to the beginning of the War. This one, for me, was a no-brainer. There would be no other way to really tell this story than from her point of view.

Where it gets sketchy is in part two. With Liam and Valencia on separate continents for the entire story, it would exceptionally hard to do justice to this part of the story by giving the point of view to only one of the main characters. So, what I think I’ve decided on is to make the second book be told from both of their perspectives. Letting Liam tell the story for the Pack will bring a whole new depth to his character. Going between the fighting Liam and Valencia trekking across the Atlantic to find him will allow readers to see the whole scope of the War.

Which leads me into the third book. I’d considered the second book strategy for quite some time, but it always seemed off when considering I’d go back to Valencia’s perspective in the third part.  By this point, we’ve already seen Valencia rise and conquer most of what she’s got to deal with. What’s occurred to me now is to tell the third part from Liam’s perspective. Honestly, at this point, it’s going to be his story. He’s the one with the most to lose there. Why this hadn’t occurred to me before, however, I have no idea.

At the moment, I’m quite pleased with this decision. What do you guys think? Do you think this will provide a smooth transition for readers, or is it simply too confusing?


The Real Deal

Well, I was considering writing a post about sex, but then I realized I don’t know you well enough to get quite that intimate just yet. Which brings up a good point – I need to make my formal introduction. =]

For starters, I have a name, but most of you can call me Kailene for now. Not that I strive for Anonymity or am afraid of stalkers, but as I writer, I’ve always found that having an pseudonym or an alias was always more exciting than your boring old name. It raises curiosity and defines character. So, I am Kailene – a random, passionate, whimsical, intelligent and quite special human being, if I do say so myself.

If you didn’t already read it somewhere else, I am a freshman in college. I’m currently studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing at Appalachian State University. For those who don’t know, App is a very beautiful school with one major drawback – it’s as cold as a witch’s ninny for 5 months out of the year. I’m sure anyone from the North can relate, however. As I said, I am concentrating in Creative Writing, which – in short – means that I want to write for a living. I have written poetry and song lyrics since I was around 8 or 9 years old, and somewhere around 11 I started writing short chapter books (at the time resembling horrid teen lit) that eventually evolved and grew longer and longer.

With the jumpstart of this past NaNoWriMo, I began writing my first dedicated novel attempt. A few different names for it have been tossed around, but for purposes of this blog, it’s titled The Emerald of Aberdeen. It’s the first in a trilogy of fantasy novels. (I know, I know – overdone right? Did I mention there were werewolves and vampires, too? But don’t worry, we’ll liven this story up with some long missed magic. Now the gangs all there!) The three novels center around a recent high school graduate, named Valencia and a charismatic werewolf she meets, named Liam. Shortly after her life is saved by Liam, Valencia discovers that a “family heirloom” left to her by her father before he died – an emerald necklace – identifies Valencia as coming from a Magickal lineage of both Sorcerers and Sorceresses (something unheard of in the Magickal world up until this point.) Valencia’s discovery of this new world and her own blood come at a critical point in time. Centuries old tensions between the aristocratic Vampires, who dwell in the castles of Europe, and the Werewolves, whom they treated like lowly abominations, have reached a peak and war that will threaten the whole of the magical world teeters on the edge. All races and people must choose their allegiances and prepare for the magical battle of the ages.

*Whew.* That there shameless plug took me quite a while to compose. That is the gist of the story, anyway. I’m about a quarter of the way into the first draft at this point in time, and the plot keeps getting more and more intricate, the world becoming more real, and the characters slowly begin to resemble actual human beings as well. As astonishing as all that is, I still have moments of wondering what the hell I’m supposed to do next. This is, after all, my first serious novel and let me tell ya – it’s scary as hell. The intricate writing process, the need to have some place to bounce ideas and the idea of gaining an audience of readers and fellow writers was the main reason I created this blog. I felt like I needed a public outlet and people to share this all with to help inspire and encourage me on days when the going gets rough.

There is, however, another purpose this blog shall fulfill. As a New Years Resolution, I decided that I wanted to learn more about the beliefs I have had for quite some time and try to seriously dedicate myself to the exploration and practice of that religion – Wicca. I know, this may sound boring, but bare with me. I first heard of Wicca when I was about 9, but I paid it little attention, as I did not fully understand what it was at that point. All I knew was that when my mother would scorn it, there was a part of me that felt there was something more to it than just the heresy she claimed. Fast-forward to the summer I’m 14. I’d lived with my dad for a year and have a summer with which to do nothing. One day, I stumble across Wicca again on the internet and decide to look it up. I spend weeks doing nothing but reading and exploring. I learn the basics – that it is an earth religion that acknowledges the God and Goddess and utilizes “witchcraft” (as the terminology is debated by some) as a similar function to prayer, in which one works with deity to influence their lives. I digress to go into much more detail right now, as I am admittedly still a stranger to Wicca and Paganism in general. However, this year I will begin my Year and a Day study before (the most likely end-result) self-initiation.

Also, expect random rants and raves on societal constructs, the inner workings of the human mind, and probably cheese of some sort. (I fancy myself a smorgasbord of opinions and a jack of all trades at times.)

So, there you have it – a formal introduction to me. I hope to be an entertaining read, if only for my scatter-brained tendencies, and to get the chance to hear from some great readers.

Allons y!

P.S. The aforementioned discussion about sex is delayed until a later date. I can assure you, that will probably come up a time or two up here. Enjoy.

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