What Keeps Them Going: The Lich

I was going to post this yesterday, but things happened.  Specifically, I forgot until 10pm and then it felt like it was too late.  Blame the squirrels.

What is this post about?  Simple.  It’s a list ‘written’ by one of my characters.  It’s what continues to drive them forward and inspire them.  Typically, I would start with Luke Callindor the hero, Nimby the popular one, or Fizzle the mascot.  I’m going in another direction and starting with:

The Lich (Hence the post title.)

So here is what keeps the Lich going:

  1. Desire for power.
  2. Loyalty to my dark master.
  3. Auras of my victims that power my magic.
  4. A villainous curiosity.
  5. Fear of being eaten by one of my own demonic summons.
  6. Rage at that blasted woman and her academy.
  7. Love . . . of death.

That’s the Lich’s list.  If you expected puppies or something more comical then I suggest you read ‘Beginning of a Hero’.  Not because it will give you a better idea of the Lich, but because it’s a good book.

8.  Add on: Fury at author’s blatant shilling.

See.  No sense of humor.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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54 Responses to What Keeps Them Going: The Lich

  1. ioniamartin says:

    Desire to breed a race of immortal squirrel minions

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  2. **grins** Oh this is a Marvelous idea!!! I might have to do something like this… not only is it fun, it really helps you “see” the characters!!!

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    • That it does. It’s very tempting to go goofy though. I had to fight back the urge to put something really out there on his list.

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      • **grins** yeah I can see that being something I would have trouble with as well… mostly cause it would be “fun”

        Hmmm… I think I am going to make the list for my characters now. Yes I am procrastinating writing the end of my novel. I even have an idea where it is going, how to finish it… but well, it is so much more fun to write about my characters!!! hehehe

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      • I’m a horrible influence. Can’t wait to see the list.

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      • I am thinking it will make a marvelous blog posting for tomorrow, especially if I manage to finish the “outline/rough draft” today, as is my hope!!!

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      • Fingers crossed. Look yourself in a room and tell a trusted person to only let you out when you show them a completed outline. Make sure it isn’t a room with a television though. Kind of counterproductive there.

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      • **giggles** I don’t watch tv, so that isn’t an issue for me… it is stopping running around online hehehe. I write all my stuff online, so I can’t just shut off the net, but I am making progress, slowly but surely!

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      • The tortoise did beat the hare. Though the hare fell asleep too. Not sure where the analogy was supposed to go there.

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      • **falls over giggling** slow and steady? well, I am not so sure about the steady, and I am beginning to think the hare was right… a nap is totally in order!!! **grins**

        First I will finish sketching in though, only two scenes left. I am sure I can hammer out enough words to give it shape for my rewrite…

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      • I’ll be a cheerleader. Go, go, go! Write, write, write! Wake up! 😛

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      • **giggles** yay for a cheerleader!!! I have only one scene I don’t have anything down in… and some of what I wrote through this time was more “notes” to myself, as I know I need to do a little research on structure damage and the damage in the wake of an earthquake, but if I would have “researched” now I wouldn’t have gotten a thing done… but yay for over 1k words today!!!

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      • Nice word count for the day. Good that you’re doing research too. People can get touchy about the details of that kind of stuff.

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      • well I like my stuff to be just real enough… **grins** altho, any of those detail nazi’s wouldn’t like how I write…

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      • They’re irritable people. Probably from the tight leather boots.

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  3. Shill away my friend, there is no reason not to, especially when it is something you are proud of. 🙂

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  4. Kira says:

    As always this is a great post. You do know that I’m sitting at your feet trying to learn as much a possible, right?!?

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  5. Squirrels? Sounds like that might be a good story…
    I feel like I know a lot more about the Lich now. And evil demon villains usually don’t have much of a sense of humor. 😉

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    • Squirrels are the preferred minions of a certain blogger that must not be named. 😀

      They really don’t have much of a sense of humor. Though, the Lich is probably a decent dancer since he magically glides everywhere.

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      • Mmm, hmm. I see. I think I might know the one you’re speaking of.

        I seriously doubt the Lich dances. Unless he dances on the graves of his enemies. But so far, I don’t think he’s got too many enemies in the ground. The live ones keep outsmarting him. Um, the Lich can’t hear me, can he? I don’t want him to come looking for me…

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      • He has more enemies in the ground than you would think. He’s been around for a while and it’s only recently that he started having trouble with heroes. Though, many of them were reanimated for various uses, so they’re probably dust by now.

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      • Really? So Luke is pretty special, isn’t he?

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      • Luke is lucky and he’s not the one that started the Lich’s issues with heroes. That would be Ms. Hamilton.

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      • Ah ha! I am sensing that I might be wading into a Spoiler alert, so I won’t ask anything else.

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      • Not really. Selenia and the Lich mentioned their history in the first book. Can’t go any further than that for the sake of those that haven’t read the book yet.

        Read faster, people! 😛

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      • LOL! I’m reading, I’m reading! I just feel like I’m going slower than a snail. I’m not getting any writing done, I haven’t even looked at my manuscript for the last week and a half! I’m outside almost all the time. I need a break! If I don’t write, I might just burst!

        Okay, I’m fine. I just wished that I could write full-time. Oh well. It’ll happen someday.

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      • That sounds like a great goal.

        Don’t worry about reading. If you really want to write then do that because you never know when you’ll get the chance again.

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      • It is a nice goal. It might take several years though.
        Anyway, I’m liking your story too much to stop reading it. I’ll keeps reading a dozen pages or so every few days, and you can expect a review from me around Christmas. 😉

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      • Allure of the Gypsies should be good to go by then too. 😉 Poor Sari is just not having much luck since her debut. At least she makes for great sneak peek scenes.

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      • Oh, poor girl. Well, I look forward to meeting her! And all the other new characters as well.

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      • Thanks. It’s getting really hard not to unveil two of the other heroes. So, maybe you’ll meet them earlier.

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  7. Ace! This is not too dissimilar to something i had in mind, along the lines of a villain’s list of things to do (like your list of goals at the beginning of the week): 1. Hire army 2.lay siege to city 3.kill everyone 4.raise everyone from the dead 5 take undead army and repeat process until entire world is mine 6. write to mum… hohowhat! Keep smiling and keep writing, thank you for all your support this week,. charles, you’ve been amazing. Best wishes to you and your family 🙂
    additional, I went back and re-read your poem about being judged over the children, really struck a chord. 🙂

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  8. This post is genius!

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    • Thanks. I can’t wait to do another one.

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      • Yeah, keep going! This is the things I love most! Treat your characters like real people! I love doing that myself!
        And by the way, I know I’m slow but I’m reading your posts little by little! Boy, you write a lot!!!

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      • Thanks. I spend my days blogging and novel writing. I’m probably going to do these lists on Tuesdays. I like scheduling and spreading stuff out, so I don’t run out of material.

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      • Great I wish I could! I suck in planning! And I wish I could spend days writing! But my day job is sucking loads of time…and the house…and the baby….and the partner too! Ahhhrg!

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      • Lack of day job helps out and I handle the toddler when he’s home from school. So, many of my posts are made the night before with scheduling. Basically, I cheat. 😀

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      • Good for you that you can stay up at night! I tried once but then I was falling asleep everywhere the day after! And mine goes to the creche only once a week (when I’m in work), the rest of the days she’s with me 24 hours!!! I’m thinking to wait for when she’ll start school to breathe a bit more!!!!

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      • When he goes to school full-day, it’ll be easier. For the night, I can only make it to 11:30 at most. That still hurts me for the morning and I pass out early the following night. I’ll figure things out at some point.

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      • Ahahah! Yeah! I will as well one day, in particular when I’ll manage to organize! Keep going you’re great writer!

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