I sell my soul, but only to the very highest bidder.

Word Count I should be at: 27,419
Word Count I am at: 26,104
Shortfall: 1,315

I admit it, I totally failed at writing on days where I also worked. But I’m starting to catch up now! Really! *sincere*

I’m rather happy about how my characters are suddenly discovering who they are. Hugh is amazing, I realized, and Adelheid has some kind of a personality! No, Hugh always had a personality, but I got to do an extended foray into how insane he actually is. You have no idea! He actually has a really sad backstory too. Or at least, it was sad in my head, so I hope it translates that way.

Also, Adelhied slapped someone, and got to be her queenly self in two dissimilar situations, which stitched together two divergent personality pieces in my head. Moreover, I finally wrote Adolph! He was the first character to arrive in my head, and the last one of my MC to talk. At this time he’s remarkably fun to write, and I haven’t even used many of his really good lines yet! *dances* He needs to do a lot of growing up though. This should be fun!

I finished the murder dare, so now I just have to include the one(s) about real people. And no, I am not counting Adelhied as me, despite the slapping episode. *firmly*

My story makes me happy.

Seven years, only seven years!

Word count I should be at: 22,581

Word count I am at: 22,791
I finished Crime and Punishment this evening, and I really see why it is well spoken of. Though there were certainly moments where I was ready to start shouting at the page, namely when Svidrigailov had Dounia trapped, (!@#$%^), I really enjoyed it. And such a good ending! *is happy*
And I’ve had to stop at an EXTREME cliff hanger, so getting up tomorrow to right should be easy not that difficult.

My Main Character has no Character!!!

Word count I should be at: 20,968

Word count I am at: 20,707
I BROKE 20,000!!!! *fireworks*
I’m a little bit concerned about Adelhied. She really seems to have no soul. This frustrates me, but I also have a cold, so I’m finding it ever so slightly difficult to get worked up about it. *blows nose*
I actually have most of my characters up now. *dances* I also was hired at McDonalds, so I should show them you before I have to start working full-time.
  • Adelhied:
    My main female character. She’s 19, and her brother ran off to travel the world selling things three yeas ago. Now he got put under sentence of death in Hamberg, and called her there so he could see her before he died. She is currently under an assumed name, Adele, working in the kitchen of the Castle where he is imprisoned, and cooking up something devious along with the fish.
  • Johannes:
    The brother who ran off to travel the world. He’s blond, 17, and a little ADHD. He has a wicked business sense, but doesn’t always notice the traps he’s walking into. Currently imprisoned, and giving language lessons to the daughter of the Castle Steward.
  • Hadelind:
    The daughter of the Castle Steward in Hamberg. She’s got a club foot, and hasn’t been out of the Castle in years. Sensible as the day is long, she helps out wherever an extra pair of hands is needed. Taking language lessons from Johannes, and likes the crazy stories he tells.
  • Margerete:
    She’s lived in Hamberg her whole life, which is almost 40 years so far. She has no children, but she takes most of the castle under her wing, including Adelhied/Adele. She knows EVERYTHING that goes on. Is Herr Bruno’s right hand woman, though he’d never say so.
  • Herr Bruno:
    The crazy cook at Hammaburg (the name of the castle).  Literally, he carries a massive broken sword that he’s ground smooth, and he bites the blade when he’s agitated, which is often. So he’s bending you backwards over the table with the sword at your throat, and blood running down his chin where he cut himself. “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY BREAD?!? If you make a mistake in his kitchen, you run for your life. Also, no one ever knows quite where he is, which doesn’t help the stress level.
  • Hugh:
    Johannes’s partner, he’s an scarred middle aged ex-crusader with a past we haven’t talked about yet. But he handles swords like he was born with them in his hands. He’s currently hiding out in a monastery as a novice, and is heading for Hammaburg with a delivery of beer. Spent “16 years on a battlefield.”
  • Martin (brown):
    A 9 year old page to the Herzog, with brown hair, he ends up helping Herzogin Mechtilde’s ladies with her sewing, which he is not pleased about. Had once lesson in how to fight properly from Hugh, which he was pleased about. He has a running friendship/feud with
  • Martin (white):
    A 9 year old kitchen boy with blond hair. Fights Brown Martin on sight, and notices more than you’d think.
  • Adolph:
    The Herzog, he’s 2o, and likes to go about in disguise to learn about his property, though everyone knows who he is because of his red hair.  He was not pleased when his mother tried to arrange a marriage with him to Adelhied, who he’s never met, and thereupon announced that he was moving to Hamberg, and that he’s going to marry lady Nathalie. He goes by Alban when he’s “undercover.”
  • Nathalie:
    The “understood” betrothed of Adolph. Pretty and predatory. Adolph didn’t stand a chance. She was widowed once before, and is making a very advantageous marriage to Adolph. Her Uncle is Ritter Sebastian.
  • Ritter Sebastian:
    The Chief adviser to Herzogin Mechtilde. He was the instrument of Johannes’s condemnation, which was unwarranted. He likes power, and also for people to not know that he likes or has power. Doesn’t hold a grudge, because he doesn’t need to. If he doesn’t like you, you’re already dead.
  • Herzogin Mechtilde:
    Herzogin of Hamberg, and many other places which she’d rather visit. She was made regent of her son’s lands when her husband died 15 years ago, and she isn’t letting go of the power. She’s very used to it by now, in fact.
  • Dietlinde:
    At age 14, she was shipped off to Hammaburg to snare a husband, but she spends all her time in the stillroom making medicines. Skittish, she has very good hearing, and knows how to use her store of herbs to do remarkable things, despite not liking them. 
  • Father Nikolous:
    The (very) new priest at Hammaburg. He is in charge of both the castle and the surrounding area, now that Father David died. He’s very eager to do a good job, but sometimes is a little too eager to do well. 
There are a few other people who have names, but they’re not important enough to make it onto the list. 😀 

Word count I should be at: 19,355

Word count I am at: 18,963
I keep trying to get up early, and then I turn off the alarm in my sleep. That is the only explanation I can find for it, because I arm it for 5 am, and then I wake up as breakfast is being called at 8.*frustrated* But I continue to enjoy myself with my story. I had to add a disclaimer to this one too. *cheeky* 

I am aware that the idioms I used are not exactly medieval. I blame this on the fact that they’re talking in German, and Polish, and Danish, and so of course in the translation things happen.

I really didn’t do enough research. 😀
BUT! Maybe next time I won’t need a disclaimer at all… I live in hope, pretty much.

"No, he has some very fine clothes, I’ve seen them."

Word count I should be at: 17,742

Word Count I am at: 17,202 (so close!)
Music: Julie Miller, Newsboys, New Radicals, Daft Punk, Thomas Tallis, Buddy Wasisisname, Switchfoot, Sarah McLachlan, Irish Descendants, Charlie A’Court, Coldplay, Eagles, Rawlin’s Cross, etc.  I thought there was a theme there. I was wrong. 
Drinking: Tetley Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Hot Lemonade with Ginger Honey.
Wow, it has been a day of non-related fragments, now that I look at the stats. 😀
I did a bunch of odds and ends scenes today. I was cringing at them, and saying to myself, “I hate my mind!” But then I had a chance remark from Margerete, and I realized that I wasn’t including a proper villain, and now I’m fired up, a bit, about the story. *dances* 
My dashboard keeps collecting notes like “Intro the healer/Get out now, He’ll kill you/Allude to Hugh.” and “Herr Sebastian comes to Visit, something Dastardly. Cheerful!”
Man, I just KEEP introducing people, though. (including Jana, who was generic until she opened her mouth. See title, above.) And half of them are going to die, I know, so I have to introduce even more characters to take up the slack afterwards. I think I see a Character related dare around here somewhere. 

"You want broke, blind, or bedlam?" "How ’bout all three?"

Word count I should be at: 16,129

Word count I am at: 14,975
I have realized that I just have someone threaten someone else with a knife when I’m not inspired. This is pretty effective, but I also have a feeling that it’s also problematic. *beats head against wall*
This is the second week, isn’t it. Can I blame my blah novel on that? Can I? Please? No, it’s not THAT blah, I just am in the filling-in stages. *sigh* And I keep introducing people who are going to die, I know, which is a little guilt-inducing. But they are awesome, to a man. And not all the awesome people die!
We meet more of the nobility tomorrow. Should be FUNNNNN. Or sketchy. I’m not sure which yet. *grins*

*waves weakly*

Word count I should be at: 14,516

Word count I am at: 13,457
Shortfall: 1,059
I feel nasty, unfortunately. *sigh* Not that I’m really sick, just feeling blah, with a headache, sore throat, and no sense of humour. But I did look up German Honorifics, which are jolly. And I found out two pieces of information in there which fit VERY nicely with my story, if ever I get to the good parts. Sigh. 
Did I mention that depriving myself of sleep was stupid? I think this needs to be said. 
I also think that research BEFORE you’re writing a historical tale is a good idea. Oh well, this gives the experience its own particular brand of insanity.