I am currently in the middle of trying to decide what to write for Camp NaNoWriMo, which is somewhat difficult because instead of deciding between two ideas like I orginally planned, I’m deciding between three. And I’ll do a post about that later (you can help me decide. BECAUSE I CAN’T).
Anyways, Rose Marvel is queen of a small, France-inspired fantasy kingdom. She’s also a necromancer (she spent her childhood reanimating the mice the housekeeper caught in traps), but on the day of her father’s funeral she reanimates the entire graveyard. Que three century’s worth of skeletons suddenly up and running in the middle of a funeral pretty much the entire kingdom is at. Rose panics. The kingdom panics. There is mass chaos.
What’s their favourite book/movie/play/etc.?
She tells people that it’s this book of poetry by an extremely respected poet, because that’s what the queen should like, but really she’s a fan of these super weird fantasy (or what’s considered fantasy for a fantasy world) novels set in kingdoms below the sea. Think Dougless Adams type of thing.
Is there anything they regret doing?
Does reanimating the graveyard count? If not, Rose regrets fleeing her father’s funeral with the rest of the kingdom, instead of staying and trying to fix it. In her mind, if she fixed it, none of these problems would be happening, the kingdom would trust her again, and she wouldn’t have threats of war from three of the five bordering kingdoms. Of course, that’s no true, but she’s in denial.
If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?
Later in the novel, it would be Sabine. But before the novel starts, it would be her head maid, Cecille. Cecille was her nanny when Rose was a baby, and Rose grew up knowing and trusting and loving her, and Cecille loves her, too.
Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?
Rose has a small, stuffed elephant that was given to her by her mother, who left when Rose was two. Rose has very conflicted feelings about it; on one hand, she’s angry at her mother because her mother has never contacted her, but on the other hand, it’s still something her mother gave her, and she has an strange attachment to it.
What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?
1) Expressing fondness for the following items: chocolate, meringues, Soupe a L’oignon, Paris-Brest, profiteroles, Saint Honore, or Aligot. Make any of these for her and she’ll love you forever. She’s very food orientated.
2) Asking her on a date- to drink coffee and read books.
3) Expressing genuine fondness for her cat, Basil. Not just the somewhat disinterested “oh your cat is cute/pretty/sweet”
4) By letting her do her thing. Basically, letting her introvert somewhere alone.
5) By liking her favorite books. Because, like I said, her favorite books are not what most people would consider books that a princess/queen should enjoy.
Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.
She wears thin wire glasses, small gold stud earrings, and often keeps her hair either loose or in up in a bun. She wears dresses-knee length ones, often embroidered, typically in a natural color; brown, red, black. She wears black tights, and either boots or flats if she’s just walking around the castle. If she’s leaving, she wears what we would consider vintage-style heels.
What’s their favorite type of weather?
She adores storms. Not the dangerous to be outside in kind, but the kind with heavy rain and wind and wild energy, when everything smells wet and the wind carries just a hint of thunder. That’s her favorite kind of weather, and she can never resist going outside in it.
What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?
Her biggest fight happens in the novel and also spoilers, so before this, when she was thirteen, a visiting daughter of a dignitary made some comment about how Rose might be higher ranked than her, but at least this girl’s mother didn’t abandon her. Rose punched her, and by the end of the fight, Rose had torn her tights and sprained her wrist from falling on it, and the other girl had a bloody nose and a ripped dress.
What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?
Her father called her Rosie or Ros (Roz), and Cecille calls her “little royal”. Her mother, when she was a baby, called her Loba, or Mi Loba, or Mi Pequeño Loba, which translates to wolf, my wolf, or my little wolf. She called Rose this because of Rose’s cleverness.
What makes their heart feel alive?
Like I said before, the stormy-not-quite-STORMY days, the castle at night, Sabine.
So blogglings, what are you writing? Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, what are you doing for it? Have you ever done it before?