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?
KINGS BLEED GOLD
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!
TALK WITH ME!
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