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30 Days of Writing – Day #5 (and other stuff)

5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?

Danielle (in Divine Fire) is probably my youngest character, being in her early to mid-20s. The oinos in Fuel Eaters are probably about that age as well. Those are aside from random short work characters. (Two of the five pieces I’ve written for 52|250 have had young characters.) Obviously, I don’t have much affinity for writing young characters. Ionun (Model Species) is the oldest. In real chronology? There are probably characters older than Lucinda, but not any that have survived into any projects of note. The newest is, well, Nicholas Howell. Amid a discussion of things including box-office receipts, aging thrill-seekers, and the difference between perception filters and creativity filters in relation to schizophrenia and "neuro-typical" thinking, Eric came up with a character for Luck for Hire this morning. Mr. Howell is being worked into the scene I should have written last week.


Also did some work on the query for Model Species today. Well, Eric did the work; I smoothed the occasional sentence.

This afternoon I had a documentary called It Might Get Loud on in the background. It’s a profile/conversation/jam session with guitarists Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. I was struck by the love these three have for their profession. Not just while performing, but the unabashed passion when talking about what they do, how they do it. Just something to remember when I feel a little dumb discussing the things I love.