Monday, October 15, 2018

The Language of Worlds - Korinna

Hello, my elflings! I am all the excited, because today not only am I gonna tell you what I’ll be writing for NaNoWriMo (oooh yes!), buuut you’ll be meeting one of the characters. *DANCES*

The ever-fabulous Liv K. Fisher has posted the set of questions for her bimonthly character linkup, The Language of Worlds—a linkup that asks us ten questions about any one of our characters of our choosing. I think this one runs until the end of October or thereabout, so if you want to join, check out the details and find the questions HERE. (But seriously, it’s so much fun. You should do iiiittt.)

In August, I joined in the last one (you can find my post HERE), in which I introduced you all to a new WIP I spontaneously started, called King Bleed Gold—a King Midas retelling with DRAGONS.

Well… Guess what I’ve decided to write for NaNo?


Haha, yeeeah. I’m being a smidgen of a NaNo rebel, because you’re “supposed” to start something entirely new for NaNo. But I’m only being like…a fourth of a rebel, because I only have 1k words of the story written, and I might change up those 1k words anyway. So yeah, it’s still a very new novel. AND I AM EXCITED TO WRITE IT.

I’ll be telling you guys alllll the details and fun things about this story near the end of the month when I answer the questions to my own linkup Know the Novel (#shamelessplug). Buuut, first I’ve got to actually figure out what all this novel is about. Because eheheheh, the more I plot, the more confused I get. It’s already turning into a convoluted monster, per the norm for me. (Whyyyy?) But yeah, you’ll be getting all the fun facts soon!

For today though, I’ll be answering Liv’s lovely questions about one of my main characters, Korinna. I haven’t quite got a full grasp on Korinna’s personality yet, so this linkup came just in time! These things are always so helpful in digging deep into our characters’ heads. Are you excited? I’M EXCITED. So let’s get to it!


1.) What does your character fear the most?

Seeing others be harmed due to her own failings.

Bit of backstory: Korinna is a slave to the dragons, and when the slaves misbehave, instead of punishing them, the dragons punish them by going off on a human killing spree. (This is such a nice world I’ve created.) Korinna has a deep heart for people, and she’s been through…a lot, and seen some pretty terrible things. She hates serving the dragons, but she knows if she doesn’t, other will suffer. So her greatest fear is that people will die because of her.


2.) How would they handle it if they were to face their fear?

This fear is really Korinna’s driving force day to day. When something terrible like this happens, it just pushes her harder to make it never happen again, as well as to try to get the other slaves to behave themselves and avoid this terrible punishment as well.

She hopes that as long as she does as much work as she can, it’ll cause the dragons to not kidnap more slaves, and appease them so they won’t harm anyone.


3.) Do they want to get married? Why or why not?

Something like marriage has never really been an option for her, and she most certainly wouldn’t want to bring a child into the life she endures. Again, her driving force is assuring no one else gets hurt, no matter how much harm that brings herself.

But, yes. She’s definitely dreamed of a normal, safe life where she can happily be married and have all the children she wants. She just knows such a life will forever be denied her. So she fills that void by doing her best to protect the people she does have.


4.) What is their love language (i.e. words of affirmation, physical touch, gifts, quality time, acts of service)?

Words of affirmation, definitely. She pours so much of herself out for others, being encouraged and told what she’s doing is important and that she means a lot to a person lifts her up more than anything else.

But quality time comes verrrryyy close. She truly values when people show they care about her enough to choose to spend their time with her. Her time is so consumed with work, she’s acutely aware at how precious it is. So having someone use their valuable time for her touches her deeply.


5.) On a scale from 1 (messy) to 5 (organized), how do they rate?

I would say a full 5. Again, time is a valuable thing, and she doesn’t have enough of it to be disorganized or messy with her work. She can map out a day and her workload to optimum capacity. Gotta keep those grumpy dragons happy, remember. Eheh.


6.) How do they feel about debates/disagreements?

Korinna does not shy away from them. She’s often the instigator of debates if she finds the subject important and needs to be discussed. Disagreements are certainly nothing she enjoys, but her need to speak out against injustices is stronger than her want for peacekeeping.


7.) What do they bring to a battle (figurative or literal)?

Korinna isn’t really a fighter, but she could absolutely be one of the sharp minds behind battle formations. Again, she’s extremely organized and also intelligent. So I guess she’d bring…her brain? XD


8.) What's their favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Erm, she doesn’t have a lot of options when it comes to food. She has to eat to survive, she doesn’t have the luxury of it being a recreational activity. Berries and cooked fish are her main sources of food.

But if she wasn’t a slave and had her option of any food, I see her as a fruit on top of pancakes type of girl. Not that…they have pancakes in her world, but ya know.


9.) How do they treat themself after a long day?

Every day is long for her. (I treat my characters so, so well.) Usually she just collapses in bed. But she values time to herself to just think, so when she’s not too tired, she’ll occasionally just find somewhere quiet outside to sit and ponder life.


10.) What do you most want readers to glean from this story?

One of my most favorite quotes is by Oswald Chambers that says:

Never look for justice, but never cease to live it.”

If we spend our lives searching for justice in this world, we’re going to be sorely disappointed. It’s a dark, harsh world we live in. BUT, that does not give us permission to dish harshness back. We should always, always show kindness and goodness, no matter how terribly injustice our circumstances might be.

And that is the theme of this book. My main character Midas is a bratty, pompous king who is constantly rationalizing his behavior. But through many, er, unfortunate circumstances he begins to learn the importance of just being kind, for no other reason than that it is right, even though it’s hard. And, as you can probably guess, Korinna is a key factor in helping him learn this lesson.

There we are, my girl Korinna! This was exceedingly helpful getting a better grasp on her character. I even accidentally realized what her MBTI type is whilst writing this post. I’m pretty positive she’s an ISFJ. (One of my main characters in my last NaNo novel was an ISFJ too. I’m apparently very partial to that type…)

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Liv, for these great questions and wonderful linkup! I’m now all pumped to get back to plotting now that I have a better understanding of this character. This was great!

And don’t forget, if you want to participate yourself, just head on over to LIV'S POST to snag the questions and link up!



What do you think of Korinna? Am I totally the worst to my characters? (The answer is: yes.) And have you joined in on this linkup, because you definitely should!


  1. This character sounds so COOL! Argh, I really do need to participate in this linkup <3 (Your pic is the same as one of my concept art ones, too, actually! That's kinda cool. ;))

    1. Awww, thanks!

      And you doooo! I LOVE hearing about your precious characters! (Really? Oh my goodness, that's so funny. I guess with the Pinterest obsession we all have, a bunch of us keep accidentally using the same pics for our stories. XD)

  2. This sounds so AWESOME!! I love Korinna already. Good luck in NaNo!

    1. Thanks so much, Nicole! That makes me happy! ^_^

  3. Heehee, "elflings"--love that title!

    I KNEW IT!!--I guessed you'd be doing "Kings Bleed Gold" for NaNo! *victory dance* And we get to learn more about this story, so yay!

    Well, I'm more of a rebel than you are, because IF I do NaNo, I'd use it to jump start progress on a novel that's maybe 1/4 of the way done! :-)

    Aaaaaand I relate to Korinna right off the bat. That's one of my fears, too. *reads question/answer #2* Erm...have you been reading my psyche? :-)

    Korinna sounds like a well-developed character already, with dreams and fears and goals and motives. You've done a great job with her personality!

    YES. That quote and its philosophy is spot-on. That's an awesome theme for this story! *is doubly interested*

    This was incredibly intriguing to read, and I loved learning more about this story! It sounds amaaaaaazing!!

    1. Lol. Thanks! It would make sense that the readers of "Musings of an Elf" would be my elflings. ;D

      Oh my goodness, that's so funny you guessed! You know me so well. XD

      We can be rebels together! :D But really, I think using the motivation of NaNo to get good progress done on a current WIP is a great thing to do! I always tell myself I SHOULD use NaNo to work on a current project, buuut it's always way too tempting to jump on one of my shiny, new plot bunnies instead. XD I so admire you for sticking to your story. I get WAY to distracted by new ideas. :-/

      Really??? That is so cool! That makes me happy to know her fears are realistic. They just kind of...came to me while writing this post honestly. A LOT of this did. I'm so happy you think she sounds well-developed! And I think that's so fun she's a lot like you! :D (I just hope you never get kidnapped and enslaved by evil dragons. Hehehe.)

      D'awww, thanks! It's a quote I've loved for years and years, so it'll be fun to write a story with that message.

      Thanks so much girl! Your enthusiasm makes me even more excited about it!

  4. I absolutely loved reading these answers!! Korinna sounds a lot like me. I'm really excited to hear more about this story as you go along.

    I hope you have a great NaNo experience this year!! I can't believe it's almost time to start writing!! AHHHHHHHHH!!

    1. Thank you so much!!! That makes me happy to hear. And that is SO awesome you relate to her! It's the best feeling when people can relate to your characters, because that's always the goal.

      YOU TOOOO!!!! But I can't believe it either! How are we already halfway through October????? It's insane! o.o

  5. I won't be participating in NaNo this year (as usual), but I did just start a new WIP, so I'm kind of able to join in on the fun! Man, it feels kind of weird to pull up Christine's blog during NaNo season and not see Colors of a Dragon Scale. (That was such a great series my dude.) But I'm excited to see where this story goes as well + read your snippets at the end of the month!! Best of luck with writing!

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. That's fun you'll be doing a kind of an unofficial NaNo. I'm sure that really helps ease the pressure! And how exciting you started a new WIP!!! :D It's always so special beginning a new story.

      Awww! I'm SO honored people remember my COADS series and like the idea. Honestly, it's still weird for me to be doing NaNo and not writing a COADS book too. After 7 years of it, it definitely got into a habit. It's nice having new projects, but at the same time, I miss working on that series every November. Maybe sometimes I'll use NaNo to start rewriting them!

      Thanks so much, Eleanor! I do hope your new WIP goes AMAZINGLY! *sends motivational cookies*

  6. Aaah--I love Korinna already! <3

    Good luck with NaNo!

    1. *beams* That makes me so happy to hear! Thank you, Kara! <3

  7. Dragons enslaving people?? THAT'S SO COOL! (The writer is a cruel creature.) I might try to do this linkup, although I'm not sure since I know I want to do Know the Novel. Either way, I definitely enjoyed reading about Korinna. :D

    1. Thank you!!! It's gonna be fun to play around with! (But yes, yes we are. XD)

      YOU SHOOUUULD. It's a blast! But I'm so honored you want to do Know the Novel too. ^_^ A few people have been combining the two linkups which has been super fun! But thanks so much, girl. You're so sweet! <3

  8. She has already captured my heart! I am ridiculously excited for this story!!!

    1. D'awwww! Really? That makes me so happy. Thank you, Skye! <3

  9. Christine why do you do this to us? I just want to take your characters away from you and give them a big hug! My heart goes out to these poor, poor children (but seriously I need more on Kings Bleed Gold). Honestly I feel like authors should be put into their characters' shoes. Then we'd stop being so cruel.

    1. Bwahahahaha! 'Tis the way of the author. I am sure my characters would be so glad for you to take them away from me. They definitely need hugs. XDD

      Oh my goodness, you're right though! If I had to go through what I put my charries through, I'd never write a dark book again. What a thought! o.o Too bad for my characters that's never gonna happen. >:D

  10. Ah, Korinna! I love her already! I actually guessed she might be ISFJ before you said it, because I've just been reading about ISFJs for one of my MCs in my own NaNo novel and she reminded me a lot of him!
    And we can be tiny little rebels together because I already have 1500 on my novel :P

    1. Thank you!!! And really? That is so funny! Then she must be if you were already thinking that! ISFJs are such precious people. I'm excited to be writing another! That's so fun you're writing one as well!

      That makes me feel better! YES. Let's totally be little mini rebels. :D

  11. Aw she sounds so sweet! Best wishes with this novel!

    1. Thanks so much, girl!

      Hope your NaNo goes amazingly! <333

  12. *high fives * NaNo rebelling for the win!

    Oooh, Korinna sounds like a lovely character! I love the themes around her character and can't wait to hear more about this book! *makes note to keep clear of the dragons*

    1. Woot, woot! Although now I'm thinking about scrapping those first 1k words and starting completely over on November 1st just 'cause. XD Buuut we'll see!

      D'awww, thank you! I think she's going to be an enjoyable characters to write. ^_^ (Lolz. Yeeeah, the dragons in this one are not nice, which is kind of a new one for me...)

  13. I just sit here, grinning, thinking how much I love Christine, and her blog, and her writing....

    1. ALLIIII!!!!! Brb while I go melt in a happy puddle of feels because YOU ARE SO PRECIOUS AND MAKE MY DAY EVERY TIME. <333

  14. Firstly, LOOOOOVE the title. So intriguing! Korinna sounds like such a sweetheart, I can't wait to learn more of this story!

    (Also, that Chambers quote is GREAT. What an awesome theme for this tale! Best wishes to you this NaNo! <3

    1. Oh yay! Thank you! The title was being so stubborn, and it took me a while to figure it out. So I'm really happy you like it! And that you like the sound of Korinna. ^_^

      I'm a huge fan of Chambers. He had such great wisdom!

      Thanks so much, Sarah! <333

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    1. YOU ARE??? That is so awesome!!! You ISFJs are such precious people! <3

  16. Don't feel too bad about being a rebel! I have a finished manuscript that I'm rewriting, so...pretty much the opposite of a new novel. XD Korinna sounds like the sweetest thing!! :D I'm so intrigued by your retelling, it sounds absolutely epic! I'll be wishing you luck when November rolls around! :D

    1. Hahaha! Yeah. I suspect half the NaNo people are rebels in some form or fashion. There's really nothing wrong with that at all! The point of NaNo is to get us writing, no matter what that is! Though, I'm thinking I may rewrite those first 1k words I have anyway. Sooo I might not be a rebel after all. We'll see! XD

      Aaaahhhh! Thank you so much, Madeline! Your support is such an encouragement to me!

      I'm totally rooting you on as well! You're gonna ROCK that rewrite! :D


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