Growing a Character? Add water, sunlight, & the nearest sugary confection

Link from Legend of Zelda

Link from Legend of Zelda

I have to be honest about this post.  I’m not sure what I originally meant by ‘Growing a Character’ when I saw it on the list of topics.  Somebody probably suggested it and I thought the note would be enough.  Oops.  Yet I like a challenge and I have a vague idea of what I’m going to talk about.

Earlier this month, I wrote about married heroes and mentioned Spider-Man going from high school dweeb to adult hero with a wife.  Well, I couldn’t find a picture for that, so I went for Link . . . what?  Anyway, these two characters can be seen as examples of growth.

  • Spider-Man goes through phases of life that all of us can face.  Growing up, dating, graduating from high school, getting a job, paying bills, marriage, deal with Satan to undo that marriage, body taken over by Doctor Octopus, wondering why your ancient Aunt May has returned from the dead more times than Jean Grey . . . where was I going with this?  Ah, yes.  Ridiculousness of comic stories aside, the character grows up and readers follow along as they grow up.  If one is already adult then they can see something in the hero’s past to connect to.
  • Link is reborn in nearly every one of his video games.  It’s a hero cycle where evil is coming, a hero appears, evil strikes, the hero gains the ability to stop evil, and then stops evil.  This isn’t a story about ongoing character growth, but you can see the hero evolution go from beginning to end in one story.  There’s no back issues or older games to search for to get the whole picture.  Unlike Spider-Man, Link is simple and compact every time he appears.

Now these are from comics and video games, which are totally different from books.  A series allows for a long investment into character evolution.  Take Luke Callindor in Legends of Windemere and welcome to any new readers who didn’t see this one coming.  He is very immature and untested at the beginning. More so than the other champions and characters since they’ve veterans in some way.  Luke is very green and you get to see him go from dreaming of being a hero to starting his adventure and then into actually filling the role.  There’s a ‘coming of age’ aspect to his story, which is why he has a lot more personal life bumps and tragedies than the others.  One could even say his friends have paid their dues early on like Sari being introduced with the murder of her clan and Nyx losing her family before the series begins.  Delvin and Timoran are veteran warriors too, so they’ve lost friends.  For all of his courage and skills, Legends of Windemere is where Luke Callindor earns his hero scars and losses.  This is growth for him and the reader gets to see it from beginning to end.

I guess going with any character from beginning to end is how I define growth.  There’s evolution in their abilities and mindset.  You shouldn’t see the same character that was there at the beginning.  At least not entirely since there has to be something remaining from the original even if it’s a spark.  Again, this is easier in a lengthy series, but you can do it in a standalone too.  An adventure is an adventure, so it’s all about your focus and timeline.

What do you think about character growth and what do you do to achieve it?

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Questions 3: Thanksgiving Edition

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It’s Thanksgiving, but I know not everyone who follows me celebrates it.  So I’m splitting this into two sections:

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving:

  1. What do you think of the holiday?

For those who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving:

  1. Do you think it’s strange how the Internet allows us to see all of these holidays celebrated around the world?
  2. Does this bring us closer together as a species?
  3. What is your favorite holiday from another country or culture?
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Christmas Grotto – A Knock at the Door by Helen Yeomans

Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life:

Christmas Grotto

Today the books of Helen Yeomans and first a wonderful book for children aged 3-10 that brings the letters of the alphabet alive with imagination and creativity. Here is A Knock at the Door.

N.B. Helen is asking for children’s book reviewers for A Knock at the Door and is looking for five or six as soon as possible. Ebook versions available. thanks


About the Book

Letters live at home when they’re little. Then they join a word.
• The Story of NIGHT tells of the arrival of G and H.
• The HALF-Trained L reveals why L is always silent.
• The QUIET Strangers describes a household that never stops arguing.
• PIGEON Panic reports what happened when a letter forgot its sound.
• The Beginning of BOUGH relates how two letters decided to start a new word.

Fun to read and read aloud, A Knock at the Door

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What Are You Thankful For? Windemere Edition!

Well, I was asked to make a post where my various characters say what they’re thankful for.  Let’s get right into it!  Also feel free to ask for anyone I forgot in the comments.

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Luke Callindor-  Patient friends and healing potions.

Nyx- A big family and my magic.

Fizzle-  Apples and healthy teeth.

Sari- Having a new clan of friends.  Bet people thought I’d say something like money, so neener neener.

Timoran Wrath-  To have met such loyal and kind friends during my travels.  Is this supposed to be more materialistic?

Delvin Cunningham- I don’t know. Feels like everyone would say family.  I’ll be a jerk and go with . . . I’m really the wrong one to do this.

Sari again-  I’m thankful for easy marks and pretty dresses.  There we go.

Dariana- Being awake and having friends.

Kira Grasdon- Luke and all of my friends after what happened in Bor’daruk.  (CHECK OUT LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE: SLEEPER OF THE WILDWOOD FUGUE!)  Why do I get the promo?

Trinity-  That my people are alive to see another day.

Yola Biggs-  I’m thankful for having knees because they help me bend my legs and walk.

The Lich-  The blessing and trust of my master.

Baron Kernaghan-  Such an odd tradition.  Perhaps I’m thankful for the hard work of my agents?

Stephen Kernaghan-  For *removed due to graphic nature*

Merchant of Nevra Coil–  For business being good and my new experiments showing promise.

Ichabod Brooks–  My family.  That’s all I need to be happy.

Cassidy- Wait. I’m not from this world.  Is this right?

Lloyd Tenay- Just go with it and say hi.  I’m thankful for knives, graphic t-shirts, being out of prison, my winning smile, and to all those bad guys that failed to kill me.  I couldn’t have won without your ineptness and being made of squishy flesh.  Now where’s a turkey to carve?  I mean a real turkey and not an odd hint at killing somebody . . . Seriously, people, I’m hungry.

Happy Thanksgiving from Windemere & Bedlam!

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Author Beth Warstadt’s tells about Megan’s Christmas Knight

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Megan's Christmas Knight, by Beth WarstadtMegan’s Christmas Knight, by Beth Warstadt

Beth Warstadt is the author of Megan’s Christmas Knight, which was released about a week ago. I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while now, and I’m glad to finally get the chance to spotlight such a fun and inspiring person.

Readers can find out more about Beth Warstadt and her writing journey here on her web site. You can also find her books on Beth Warstadt’s Amazon page.

Beth was also kind enough to answer some questions for me to share. For your enjoyment, here it is!

Tell us about your new book, including where readers can find it for sale.

Megan’s Christmas Knight is a romantic Christmas fantasy. Megan is a woman running away from her life because of something terrible she has done. She is rescued by a mysterious stranger, Nick, who sends her on a quest…

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Christmas Grotto – Pieces of Home: A Hometown Harbor Novel (Hometown Harbor Series Book 4) by Tammy L. Grace.

Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life:

Christmas Grotto

Today the featured books are by Tammy L. Grace and in particular the fourth in her successful Hometown Harbor series. Pieces of Home was released in October and is already receiving some excellent reviews.


About the book

Ellie hasn’t seen or spoken to her parents in twenty years—since she came to live on the island with her aunt and uncle. Ellie’s all grown up now and runs the popular family bakery, Sweet Treats.

An unforeseen plea for help forces Ellie to reveal a secret she’s kept hidden from even her closest friends. Her innate kindness and desire to help propel her on a turbulent journey. The pieces of her past she’s worked so hard to escape resurface and bring her face to face with heartache. In the midst of unearthing her long buried pain, she faces challenges that threaten her livelihood and those she holds most dear.

When newcomer Blake…

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My #Thanksgiving Gift to You: #FREE Short Story #ASMSG #IARTG #BlackFriday

Originally posted on POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing:

Thirsty for Water A Short Story


Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.

A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

Thirsty for Water: A Short Story tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A…

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