So, real quick I just want to post that I'm planning on having little 'highlights' of my characters now and again. Right now I plan on putting them in the sidebar, then maybe archiving them in posts later.

I'm not sure that the one up right now (Janus Speaks) truly makes sense to a person who doesn't know what this story is about. I'm working on not only a synopsis, but a tag for the book. It is such a complex story that trying to distill it down to say, a sentence, has been really hard for me (I now join a long line of writer's that come before me, yay!). And if I can't briefly convey what my story is about... well, that's a problem. I'm from a business background; I am well aware that the elevator pitch is not some mythical beast. And it applies to the publishing industry as well as any other kind of promotion business.

So, if you stop by and read the sidebar, what do you think? What does it convey to you?


edited to add link, commentary


  1. Sarah Hina on November 30, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    I'm intrigued by Janus, and yet I want to shake my fist at her condescension and puppeteering. I've always thought we have more free will than we see, or use.

    And yet, it is so tempting to fall back on relinquish that control. I love the tug-of-war between the two polarities here. I love what you're exploring, and the more mystical treatment. Key of Souls--that's great!!

    I'd definitely like to read more.

  2. KA Cole on December 1, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    Hello again!
    This is interesting - in my story Janus is androgynous, being a soul - however s/he comes to me very masculine. I'm intrigued that s/he seems female to you (why?). Did you ever see "Orlando", btw? I loved how Tilda Swanton (sp?) clearly was either sex. Amazing performance.

    I also have always felt we have Free Will - this character, however, forcefully positions hir agenda that we do not. So it's intriguing to write about and explore. The story is somewhat wrapped within that premise.

    I'm so glad that you like this tidbit (it still needs work, I know...)! I've been struggling for about a year right now with a big hole in the plot that has given me major writer's block. I feel as if I can't write until I am clear what the dynamic is, and yet I don't think I can uncover it unless I just WRITE. Argh!

    Happy Holidays!