Hello, blogglings. I am here to talk to you about my currently not yet actually written, but fully outlined project, All the King’s Men. Once again, I’m linking up with Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In for Beautiful People.
I’m going to be talking about All the King’s Men more tomorrow, but the basic gist of it is this: a futuristic kingdom uses dragons instead of the airforce, Alice is a less-than-happy dragon, Cal is a less-than-happy soldier assigned to Alice. Cal is also like 10th in line to the throne, and less-than-happy about being apart of the royal family, as well. It has lots of food in it. Also, I’m the first time I’ve ever attempted to write an entire novel in third person, so we’ll see how it goes.
What are their first childhood memory?
For Alice it’s when her dad took her out when she was around five and taught her how to hunt rabbits.
Cal’s is slightly…cushier. It’s when his aunt Susana took him and his little sister, Burberry, out for ice cream sodas. He would have been like four, Burberry like one, and he mostly remembers how Burberry didn’t get an ice cream soda, but he did, and so clearly being older was awesome.
What were their best and worst childhood experiences?
For Alice, the best was going with her mom into the city as humans, when they had money. Her mom bought her a hotdog from a street vender, and then took her to a toystore and let her choose any stuff animal she wanted. Alice chose a little, fluffy polar bear. The worst was watching her parents get captured by the royal army when she was twelve. Her mother heard the soldiers coming, knew they wouldn’t have enough time to get away, and had Alice change into human form. Alice hid up in a tree and watched as her parents were tied up and hauled off. Later, Alice set a small part of the forest afire in rage.
For Cal, the best was when he and Burberry and his aunt Susanna and his uncle Maxwell got to go camping for an entire week. He was thrilled, because it meant an entire week of not having to act like he was royal. The worst was probably when he was taken to the palace after his mom left. He was already heartbroken, and his older cousins picked on him mercilessly, and his dad did nothing about it.
What was their childhood home like?
Until she was twelve, Alice didn’t really have a home. She was always in dragon form and always moving, and so she and her parents would sleep where they could, and only carried a small bag with them, filled with a single chance of clothes, and whatever small things they felt like they couldn’t get rid of. But after her parents were taken, Alice moved into the city and broke in to the attic of a theater and managed to live there until she was caught by the king’s army when she was eighteen.
Cal’s was an apartment in a skyscraper until he was fourteen, and his mom left. His mom didn’t want to live in the palace, so they lived as close to the palace as they could, but not actually within the walls. The apartment was large, but Cal remembers it having a warm, cozy feel, full of reds and browns. It was filled mostly with bookshelves, as Cal, Burberry, and their mother were all huge readers.
What’s something that scared them as child?
For Alice, it was the king’s army. She had been raised on stories of them swooping in and taking away dragons, and the stories gave her nightmares.
For Cal, it was the ghost of the first king that his cousins insisted lived in the palace, who would kill anyone in the royal family who wasn’t fit to rule. That’s why Cal was always terrified to go to the palace with his dad.
Who did they look up to most?
For Alice, it was her mom and dad, and still is. Now that she’s older, she realizes how lucky they were not to get caught after raising a dragonlet for twelve years. And she wasn’t exactly a quite dragonlet, either.
For Cal, it’s his aunt Susana and uncle Maxwell. Both of them were raised in the palace; Susana a princess, Maxwell the son of a high-ranking official, but neither of them had the snobby, better-than-thou that his other uncle and his cousins have.
Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?
Alice loved strawberries. Adored them. One time, they slept in a cave near a patch of wild strawberries, and Alice was in heaven. But she’s never liked blackberries, because the seeds get stuck in her teeth.
Cal’s mom would make him and Burberry three-cheese stuffed ravioles, topped with homemade red sauce and parmesan cheese. They only got it for special occasions, though, because it would take her practically an entire afternoon to make it, because she even made the pasta from scratch. His least favorite was probably beets. Both Burberry and his mom liked beet salad, but Cal couldn’t stand them.
If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?
Alice would change all sorts of things. She would chance how she always complained when she and her parents moved, or how she used to hid to prevent them from moving until they found her, stuff like that. Basically she would change anything that made life difficult on her parents.
Cal would change how fearful he was of his cousins, and wouldn’t believe all the things they told him to scare him.
What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?
Alice was wild and fierce and basically everything you shouldn’t be, while on the run.
Cal was quiet and bookish and thoughtful, and horribly uncomfortable in crowds, which isn’t that great for a prince.
What was their relationship to their parents and siblings like?
Alice’s was pretty good. She exasperated them at times, and she thought they were overprotective at other times, but dragons tend to have pretty firm bounds with their parents, and Alice and her parents weren’t the exception to that.
Cal and his sister get along very well. They have pretty much the same, quieter personality, so they don’t clash much, and there’s enough of a gap in age (Burberry is fourteen, Cal is nineteen), that Burberry never really protested or fought when Cal looked after her. Cal and his mom got along fine, too, but he just never knew how unhappy his mom was, and when his mom moved away, their relationship became very strained. Cal and his dad do not get along well. At all.
What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
Alice just wanted to survive until adulthood, which she has.
Cal wanted to be a librarian, which didn’t work out so well for him, being a prince and all.