Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beautiful People || September Edition || Bethany's Characters


Another month has rushed past, and here I am, doing September's edition on the very last day of the month.

 Well, better late then never, right? :)

When this month's Beautiful People came out, I thought the villain theme was a very intriguing idea. However, looking over the stories I was working on, I didn't have one specific antagonist I thought would work.  Then, when the Go Teen Writers 100 for 100 challenge started and I decided to work on a different novel idea that has been stewing in the back of my mind for a while, I knew just who I could interview.

It's interesting how this idea came about, because I actually came up with the book title first.
One evening at the library, while organizing the card catalog, and going through numerous book titles, the words "Regrettably, A Gentleman" popped into my head.
Why, that sounds like a very interesting book title, I thought, and quickly scrambled for a piece of paper.

Becca: I have absolutly no idea how she can do this! It drives me slightly bonkers.
I will have a story idea, a full cast of characters, a complete plot and still no title! 
And here's Bethany, 'This sounds like a lovely title... I think I'll write a book about it!"

Bethany: Hey, this doesn't happen all the time!

The characters came next, slowly growing into quite a large cast.  I was originally thinking of the Regency setting, but then realized I needed to jump ahead in time to the Industrial Revolution so some of the characters would fit better.
The plot was a little more reluctant to come about, but as the characters developed, their story grew. There's still some things I'm working out, but I have a good start, and I'm pretty excited about writing it.

"Regrettably, A Gentleman" doesn't so much have a villain, as in a bad guy trying to thwart every move of the main character, but there is definitely an antagonist who stands in the way of a goal the MC very much has her heart set on.

May I now introduce you to...

Mr. Jacob Drury.

Oh, the poor dear got caught in the rain. :)


1. What is their motive?
In a word, greed.

2. What do they want, and what are they prepared to do to get it?
He wants Miss Albridge, the MC, not to start a school for poor children who could be working in his factory.  While he wouldn't go so far as to cause her injury, there are other ways to stop her that he is prepared to use.

3. How do they deal with conflict?
Very quickly and methodically. Time wasted is money wasted.

4. Describe their current place of residence.
Jacob Drury lives in a large mansion not far from his factory in Manchester.  It's an old stone building with many more rooms then he and his brother need, but it shows off their wealth and standing to the community, and that's what is most important.

5. If they were writing this story, how would it end?
He wouldn't much care how it ended, as long as that nosy Miss Albridge would go back to where she belonged and stay there.

6. What habits, speech patterns, etc. are unique to them?
He tends to drum his fingers while listening to someone else speak, and is constantly checking his pocket watch.

7. How do they show love? What do they like to do with/for people they love?
His time is most precious to him, so if he loves someone, taking time out of his day to be with them is how he would show it. 

8. Do they have any pets?
No. He doesn't think much of animals that don't serve a specific purpose.
(In Becca's words "Animals he cannot ride or eat.")

9. Where would they go to relax/think?
There is a walkway along the roof of his house where he likes to go and look over the city while he thinks.

10. What is their weapon of choice? (FYI: words, eyes/looks, and fists count as weapons, too.)
He would much rather have someone else do his dirty work, but if forced to choose, it would be a pistol; quick and effective.


What Thou Need'st - Now Available in the Snippet Store

After (not very) patiently waiting this past month, I am very pleased to announce that the review process is finished, and What Thou Need'st has been published!

Hip, hip, hurrah!


What Thou Need'st

Synopsis:

Kendall Thatcher, a dutiful squire, thinks he's seen the worst of his master, the irascible Prince Bartholomew. However, things can indeed get worse; much worse.

When the Prince runs away, a princess from a neighboring kingdom vanishes, a dragon takes up residence in an abandoned castle, and two kingdoms near the brink of war; all this can be resolved only when Kendall and the Prince discover "what thou need'st"

 You can purchase it HERE, or if you have an Apple device (example: iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc...) you can download the Snippet App from the App Store for free and find in the "Recently Published" section.

It's a little unreal to go to the Snippet App and see this:


If you select "Preview", it will show you the table of contents with all the exciting chapter titles Becca helped me think up, and the first two chapters "A Dreadful Prince" and "A Perilous Task".

I must give Becca a very heartfelt thank you, for all the editing she helped do, and her assistance with the song that goes along with the story, which you can listen to at the beginning of chapter fifteen; "A Perfect Lamb".


Monday, September 22, 2014

Grandbunnies


Rember this pretty little lady? 
This is Daisy, from a litter we had last year. She went to the home of a friend of ours, Emma, who was also interested in raising rabbits.

Daisy, with Steve,


had a litter of seven kits last month! Seven! That was Rosie's record, and for a first time litter, very impresive. Even more impresive; all of them survived and are thriving!

Now, with Daisy being a broken black, and Steve's grey, opal coat, it's hard to imagine that their kits would have a lot of color.

But we were in for a surprise!


What a little rainbow of colors!

2 castors, (top left, bottom right)
1 broken castor, (far right)
1 broken lynx, (middle)
1 light tort, (far left)
1 harlequin, (top right)
and 1 red-eyed-white. (bottom)

Where did these colors come from? Let's take a look back into Dasiy and Steve's history.

Steve's father was an opal, but his mother was a red-eyed-white, so that's how we got this little fellow.
I look like Grandma!
Becca and I have never gotten this color from Steve, even though it was in his genes.

Daisy's parents, Rosie and Simon also helped explain a lot.


The little castors are just miniture versions of their grandpa Simon, and what little darlings they are.


Then there is the adorable broken castor kit.

With Rosie's tri-color, we have had some kits with coloring like this one (Tristan, from this litter, and Much, from this litter)


and a darker, broken tort in the same color family as this one (Rory, from this litter).


But what about the harliquin?


Here's a bit of rabbit color terminology.

Harliquin rabbits are a breed, but also a coloring for Mini Rex. It is basically tri-color with no white, although you can see that this kit's underside is lighter.

When we bought Rosie, she was with her siblings, and her brother was a harliquin. So, Rosie had the coloring in her genes as well, but it didn't show up until a second generation.

They are growing so fast and each time we visit, they are bigger, cuter, and more curious about the world around them.

It has been exciting to see this second generation of rabbits.

A very happy Emma with her baby bunnies.

I better stop before this post explodes with cuteness. :)
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