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Poll Questions

Here are the first three questions from this JaNoWriMo poll:

Who is your main character and why should I love them?

My name character is Inna ________. She doesn't have a full name because I haven't figured out the naming conventions of my universe yet.

She lives in a world where the gods and magic are very real, and the earth is divided into the land of men and the land of gods. When a person dies, she makes her Sacred Journey through the Underworld and is rewarded with a eternity in the land of gods or a few more unsavory options.

Inna is a young temple ward who recently dedicated herself as an acolyte priestess of Lord Innis, the Iron God. She promised him a life of glory, and so she feels cheated when she learns she was killed three days before her first tournament.

I can only speak for myself so far, but I love her because she's the first person ever to decide not to take her Sacred Journey through the Underworld. She wants to earn a seat of honor so much, and to fulfill her oath to her god, that she transcends death to become one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known. And she's unwittingly killing her patron god to do it. She really exemplifies an ironic power of conviction that parallels some things I find intriguing about many religions today.

will we get to read any of your story so far?

Not much, I'm afraid. It sucks. No, honestly. But I'm hopeful that by the time I finish, I'll know enough of the world and adventure to be able to go back and add the good parts.

In the meantime, though, and because I love you, I'll let you read my favorite part so far:

"I've honored the gods, and I've no quarrel with Lord Renan. But I have sworn an oath to my own god, and I haven't had the time to keep it. How then, would my soul be measured?" Inna shook her head. "I will come back when my oath is fulfilled and I can claim a seat at their table."

"It's not that way. Your time has come. It's obvious that you love your lord, and children have special favor with Lord Renan. You stand a good chance of life in Auria with the gods."

"Doing what?" Inna asked, tying travel bags to her belt. "I'm not a child any longer, either. I've taken my vows. I promised Lord Innis a life of glory. I've made no name for myself, and I certainly have no lineage or godhood to claim. Even if fate weighed in my favor, where will I be for all eternity? Forgive me, Patrizu, but even you who have been greatly honored by the gods, what did you get? A tree?"

Is this why you haven't been online for like the last two days?

Yes. Josh caught it last, and they made him stay home from work for the last three days. So I have been at home, where my connection only lasted that one time I was talking to you (and went back to not working after I signed out). But really, you think I should suck it up? Didn't you tell me I had an excuse when I was on my deathbed? :P



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Jan. 13th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
FASCINATING! I will be looking carefully to see if you ever post more, I'd love to read it ;-) :-D
Jan. 13th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Why thank you! I'm glad to know. I'm not sure I can bring myself to share anymore, though. I'm awfully shy about any works in progress. :)
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Jan. 13th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Jan. 13th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
>>But really, you think I should suck it up? Didn't you tell me I had an excuse when I was on my deathbed? :P

If it takes you longer than it takes you longer. Buddha says all things in their time :)

But you seemed like you were loosing your nerve so I thought a little tough love might be in order to keep you on track. Ultimatly, excuses are like assholes on your elbow. ;)
Jan. 13th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)

Thank you. There are many layers of wisdom in your post, and I will meditate on them at length...when I should be writing... ;)
Jan. 13th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Such a tease...give us just a little taste and then run away. Punk! The premise is intriguing.

i do hope you are feeling better and getting back on your feet.

Jan. 13th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the idea so far. It's execution I'm worried about. :)

I'm definitely much better than I was. (*knock on wood*) Thank you! *hugs*
Jan. 13th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
i have the utmost faith in your ability to adequately execute! :D
Jan. 14th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
I'm sick too, but I don't have the plague. I hope you feel better soon, as does your family.

I read the teaser, and it sounds like a very interesting concept. Good luck!
Jan. 16th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I hope you're feeling better now. I think we're on the mend. :)
Jan. 14th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
Wow. That sounds like a book I would read. *g*

And congratulations on sticking to it and getting so far! One day, I'll do it too, but for now I guess I'll have to settle for being thoroughly impressed by those who do.
Jan. 16th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm going to try to play some catch-up today.
Jan. 14th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
i'd love to read it! i especially like the line "what did you get? a tree?"

that was freaking hilarious.
Jan. 16th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
lol Thanks! That makes me really happy, because that's pretty much my favorite part so far, too. I had that scene in mind as the beginning idea for the MC's characterization.
Jan. 19th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Sounds interesting.

Who is Lord Renan? How does one defy death? Can I? I guess I'll have to catch you on IM to get the nitty gritty.

The tree line is great.
Jan. 20th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Who is Lord Renan?

He is the Underworld God, and, it would seem, one of the main antagonists.

How does one defy death?

That's a very good question, and one the gods and priests aren't quite sure they can answer. Neither of them can let on about that, though. The general consensus is that it involves powerful simpathetic (? - I need to ask Steph) magic.

Can I? I guess I'll have to catch you on IM to get the nitty gritty.

Probably not. While I believe in the power of creating your own reality, it's much easier when you live in a world where the actual physical body is retained through the death transition.

The tree line is great.

I'm super-glad you think so. :-D
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