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#PennedPossibilities 340 — How does your MC or SC feel about love as a concept?

Wintereyes, the MC, is kind and considerate, and really wants to help, but when it comes to love she thinks like the wolves she's lived with over a decade. They don't have the concept. The closest is companionship and sex, which misses the point. Learning the concept of love is one of the many reasons Her Highness is forcing Wintereyes to live around people.

Caramello, the SC, fell in love a couple years ago. He knows that if he to return her interest in him, she'd be caught up in the succession war he's living in exile to avoid. The women since then have been substitutes. Wintereyes, however...

Wintereyes doesn't realize she could discover human love. Caramello doesn't realize that his dangerous past might learn about his present because of Wintereyes' kindness.

None of this bodes well for either romance novella character.

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340 — How does your MC or SC feel about love as a concept?

At the point where I am right now, Niklas is 9. As long as he feels loved, he doesn't care about the rest.

Later on, however, both romantic and not-romantic love will become very important for him.

Kind creature, my MC. Probably the kindest of them all.

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339 — Does your MC learn from their past, or are they prone to repeating the same mistakes?

Niklas is an innocent, way too trusting. And it takes a while before he learns to be at least a little more distrusting.

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339 — Does your MC learn from their past, or are they prone to repeating the same mistakes?

Connor does try to learn from his past. He certainly won't listen to any wannabe-alpha again.

Instead, he works with Nick to turn his pack into a better place, he brings in good new Wolves - and starts to listen to his heart.

Which leads him onto a new path and into a dangerous adventure.

A Wolf's Fury, Wolves of the South 4


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#PennedPossibilities 339 — Does your MC learn from their past, or are they prone to repeating the same mistakes?

My MC is way too prone to making mistakes. Repeating them, not so much. Somehow she survives.

From the current work, this:

..."Better not to get hit?"

"Definitely. Though the direct route through an obstacle is sometimes more unexpected."

And:

Were my trust misplaced, I'd learn something about myself. But, then again, that seemed to be my method of operation: win—or get hurt, pick myself up, make different mistakes.

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338 — How would your MC or SC respond to someone betraying their trust?

Niklas would be shocked. It hasn't really happened to him yet, but when it will, it changes him.

The baron would freeze, get really cold, walk away, and NEVER forget.

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338 — How would your MC or SC respond to someone betraying their trust?

Since a childhood betrayal is an essential part of the MC's character, let's say she reacts rather poorly. She makes the worst mistake of her life, later runs away, and becomes a criminal (and an anonymous hero amongst other things.) It takes three novels for her to resolve the consequences of that betrayal in an event that shatters her conception of reality. And. She has to keep it together. At all costs. Lives will depend on her; failing to continue through it all would betray trust placed in her.

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Ugh! I found someone had scanned and uploaded a copy of my book to the Internet Archive, without my permission. When wanting to find a review to recommend a book to someone, I found that copyrighted book there, so looked for mine. I still own my copyright. This interferes with me creating an author-preferred edition (instead of the publisher's vision) as planned.

In their terms of service, you will find:

While we collect publicly available Internet documents, sometimes authors and publishers express a desire for their documents not to be included in the Collections (by tagging a file for robot exclusion or by contacting us or the original crawler group). If the author or publisher of some part of the Archive does not want his or her work in our Collections, then we may remove that portion of the Collections without notice.

You can only contact the Internet Archive through email as their telephone number is voicemail. AFAIK their website doesn't list take down procedures.

I have emailed them a takedown demand, with their identifier for my novel, and left the same message on their voicemail.

You may wish to go to https://archive.org/ and find your books, right now.

Please boost so your circle of followers will see this, especially if they are authors.

PS: Yes, they consider themselves a library. I don't mind if they loan an original paperback from Del Rey in paper form. I don't give them permission to scan and then display, or display someone else's scan of my book.




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337 — What was the worst job that your MC or SC ever had?

Niklas... doesn't have a job. He is the protégé of a rich baron at the end of the 18th century. He wouldn't understand it either. Although he stems from poor landed gentry, jobs aren't something a noble does.

Not in his world.

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What was the worst job your MC or SC ever had?

Etoile worked in an ad agency. It wasn't so bad helping create campaigns. But then she impaled her boss on his crystal obelisk award, and that kind of soured it.

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337 — What was the worst job that your MC or SC ever had? CW: 400 word tootfic.

This tootfic is from an in-universe novel I published online in 2016 that would include both my criminal MC (aka the devil-girl) and her SC (aka Bolt) as SCs, as told by the crime boss who wants employ her as his enforcer. My MC has a knack for existing well and without regrets. The detailed jobs and conditions were undoubtedly the worst my MC experienced, and Bolt didn't like it either, which foreshadows their eventual friendship. [I made a few revisions.]

... From what [Bolt], my youngest employee, could find shadowing her in the university district, she was looking for a change of career. She had applied for admission to the [Home Planetary School for Thaumaturgy]. She'd have to wait months until enrollment started.

I saw leverage and a desirable new hire.

Why would I want a security specialist who failed her last employer? Well, in CA's case, sometimes you can't save a person from her own stupidity [so I found the failure forgivable.] I also visualized a different employment for this woman's "miraculous" talents.

I gave orders to ensure the woman's efforts in finding a job to pay room and board would be only marginally fruitful. I provided strategic services to many businesses; they usually respected my opinions on such matters. The woman seemed reluctant to venture into downtown or suburban Home City. Perhaps it was that she was shy about being noticed as the failed security specialist for the deceased Doña. Perhaps it was because visibly healing wounds, time pounding the pavement, and days exposed to the sun and the elements made her look like a vagrant. In any case, she restricted her search to the less-structured more-freewheeling Lower City where I conducted my core business. Her life would be hard.

Surprisingly, this stoic didn't break. She saved the minimal coin she made first sweeping floors, then, when pushed out, cleaning ovens at a bakery, then later hauling garbage, and after that painting walls. She literally performed a dozen menial jobs before the proctors granted her admission when the spring session opened later in the month.

And during those months, she spent nothing. Instead, she lived homeless in encampments in the warehouse district. She never visited the homeless shelters paid by the homeless tax levy where she'd have to identify herself. She ate when she got handouts, even bathed in public washrooms. She even endured a week of strong spring storms, sheltered beneath the eaves of warehouses or restaurants after they closed, sometimes soaked to the skin.

The latter drove my usually hard-flanked [day angel] to tears one evening. The only thing I could do to stop [Bolt] from flying the [daemon] to her aerie that last dark rainy night was to relent and promise to offer the former specialist a position in my organization the next day.

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335 Part 2 — Do you use metaphors in your writing? What are some examples?

Yep, caught myself writing one:

...reading a CW forms in the reader's head a preconception without actual knowledge of the facts. It's a cudgel not a scalpel.

Not a simile. I could have written that a CW is as sharp as a cudgel to do that. Might still qualify as a metaphor, though. It is certainly an allusion.

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336. Would you or have you ever used a mixed metaphor in your writing?

I have no idea. But, now that I think about it, mixed metaphors sound kinda fun. They create a disconnect, as if the reader suddenly pauses and thinks, "What?" They could be funny, but they could be insightful.

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  1. Would you or have you ever used a mixed metaphor in your writing? We would love to hear some examples.

I can't think of any.

#PennedPossibilities

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336 Ever used a mixed metaphor in your writing? We would love to hear some examples.

—I AM NOT AWARE OF ANY MIXED METAPHORS BUT I AM JUST A FIGMENT OF THE IMAGINATION OF THE CREATOR OF THIS STORY. HE MIGHT HAVE INCLUDED SOME AND HIDE THEM FROM ME JUST TO MAKE LOOK LIKE SHERIFF SHERLOCK CLOSEAU…

—But it could be fun to include some…>=)

The Creator

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336 — Would you or have you ever used a mixed metaphor in your writing? We would love to hear some examples.Unintentionally?

Hopefully not unintentionally!

Intentionally: Yes, but rarely. I try to think of an example, but of course, right now, nothing comes to mind.

I'll update once I have a good example.

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336 — Would you or have you ever used a mixed metaphor in your writing? We would love to hear some examples.

Unintentionally? I hope not. Intentionally, not often. Like a misquoted cliché, such things are humorous only if the reader is aware of the original metaphors. Since I write in first person, and those persons either live in some future time or some fantasy world, my characters can't tell their stories using common English metaphors. That said, I've created sound-alike metaphors and my characters have used them mixed them snidely, usually for the purposes of innuendo.

Like 335, they're a rarity in my current works, so I've none at hand to share.

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#PennedPossibilities #Writing 335 Do you use metaphors in your writing? What are some examples?

Yep. I love to use metaphors. Curiously, I use them more in the narration than in the actual dialogue. But some characters, like Laura, use them frequently. She likes to compare Our Hero to ridiculous things things, as in "This idiot's louder than an exploding orchestra", or "that dumbass eats more than a vegan castaway" =)

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335 — Do you use metaphors in your writing? What are some examples?

Yes. But it took a question like this to think to quantify it: A lot less than I thought. Going through three different stories (recent works), I found that I rely on simple description and simile most of the time. After 10 minutes, I couldn't find anything suitably florid or particularly interesting to relate.

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#PennedPossibilities #writing 335 — Do you use metaphors in your writing? What are some examples?

I use many metaphors. I often carefully rephrased JP metaphors so people who are unfamiliar with them will understand and people familiar with them catch the cultural reference.

I like the metaphor of the frog in the well only knowing the world it sees. I have used speaking into one's nose to indicate snottyness. The most recent one I used was referring to the house where my characters live as a "mouse house."

Even monkeys fall out of trees is one l like

I had a story where characters engaged in a verbal game of upping each other with feline metaphors.

When I run into new metaphors I note them and wait till I can use them.

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334 How does your MC handle sadness and depression?

Freya was never taught that the self could be cared for. She cares for others and even explicitly teaches others about self-care, but her own emotions stack up until they overwhelm her. It's after she gets married to Cedric and Sabre that they manage to point that out to her. Cedric helps her set a few rituals and meditations, but she constantly struggles with this, so they keep an eye on her and call it out when needed.

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#PennedPossibilities 334: How does your MC handle sadness and depression?

Archer: Buries himself in research/work

Sabbat: Depending on the reason, either goes roof-running, picks fights, or takes to his bed with a pipe of Smoke and dreams the day away

Viola: Goes wolf-shape and tries to outrun the feeling, or curls up under a blanket

Fest: Hides in books and ignores the real world

Mortimer: A mixture of attempting to ignore the feelings and attempting to let them wash over and past

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#pennedpossibilities 334 — How does your MC handle sadness and depression?

It's rare that Niklas feels depressed, being a sunny and uncomplicated character. His sadness is expressed differently while he grows up - from the heavy, unrestrained sobs when he's taking from his home to the numbing grief he feels when he loses his foster father.

(I would share a snippet, but I'm not there yet)

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#PennedPossibilities 333 — Pride Month Edition: Do you write any characters who are a part of the #LGBTQIA+ community?

OMG. Okay, so the list is:

Aidan: Gay, trans-masc
Kevin: Gay
Liza: Ace
Sarah: Bisexual
Yvonne: Lesbian
Janice: Trans-femme
Blake: FLAMBOYANTLY gay
Naomi: Ace-Aro
Many side characters have been various flavors of LGBT in the series. Notably:
Silver the Spiritual Healer: Nonbinary
Chief Seattle, commander of an Alaskan base: Nonbinary
Brendan, an ally: Polyamorous

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#PennedPossibilities 334 — How does your MC handle sadness and depression?

The devil-girl is at heart a control freak; she's just not mean or unpleasant about it. Depression results when she's stymied in finding how to control problematic situations from which she cannot escape, which usually ends up with her trying crazy and dangerous things to bully her way through.

But...

If it the situation puts people at risk and she can't do anything about it...

She did have a mental break one time, where she failed to harm herself.

Another time... well, her employer died, though it was because her employer became too stupid to live. She has enduring PTSD, and it's not because of her too young age. It's that she's was raised to be responsible and doesn't know how to let go.

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