Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Keeta vs. Kansisi


Today I get to talk about two of my favorite things/people in The Magic Wakes.

Keeta
Keeta was a late addition to TMW. After the first read through my editor suggested that Talia needed a friend or familiar. Someone for her to interact with and make her more likable. Talking with trees just wasn't enough. Amie made a suggestion that fit Talia's character but it wasn't quite right. And then it came to me.

I was sitting on the couch with my laptop and my sweet puppy Chewy was sleeping on my feet. Talia needed a warm, fuzzy pet that would love her no matter what and bring her comfort when she needed it most. That's when I sat down and started creating my little treeb.

He needed to be small enough to fit in her bag when Talia traveled, soft, warm, cute, and a bit alien. My puppy has this adorable fluffy tail, so my treeb got one that he could fan out in a display of emotions. In  my mind, I see something that's a combination between a flying squirrel and a chameleon like eyes that can swivel.

Finally this pet needed a name. The first pet I remember having was a puppy back in kindergarten. Her name was Keeta and she had a birth defect that took her from me before she was a year old. It was fitting considering the plans I had for this sweet creature.

Kansisi
In early critiques, people commented that my antagonists were not very scary or evil. The problem was I knew the Dragumon's story from creation up until they returned to Sendek. And they really aren't evil. Shishali, yes, but not the rest of them. They were simply a product of their experiences and Shishali's manipulations.

I actually have a soft spot for Kansisi and all of his lost potential. In fact, in his original "end" I hinted at some of it, but ended up cutting the scene. I thought of sharing it with you but the writing is really bad and the poetic part is vague since you don't know about his life.

*sigh* I am going to write this story. It will be part of the short story anthology called DRAGUMON. For today I'll just leave you with the knowledge that I felt bad for Kansisi and that's why I couldn't make him a truly evil villain. I saved that honor for Shishali. Come back on S day for her story.

Do you have a pet? What's the thing you love best about having a pet?
Have you ever liked your antagonist too much for your own good?

9 comments:

  1. So that's where Keeta came from. I thought he was an interesting little creature. As for me, I have a dog and a rabbit that we rescued from our backyard.

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  2. That is an interesting blend of creature!
    Since my protagonist was his own worst enemy, he was also the antagonist. That certainly made it interesting.

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    1. Sometimes these are the best kind of stories though.

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  3. I don't have a pet. I'm allergic to most domestic animals.

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  4. I so need to read your book. I saw the earlier version without the pet.

    Had cats growing up. No animals at the moment.

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    1. I hope you like the revised version. There are some interesting changes.

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  5. You have me hooked! I want to read your book with the chameleon squirrel. I can picture this animal and it's CUTE!!
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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    1. Yay! Mission accomplished then. :) I hope you enjoy it.

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