Joshua C Cook

Author, Husband, Father, IT Manager

Category: characters

Blood of a Fallen God. News, and bits of Information.

Blood of a Fallen God has somehow become my ‘fantasy magnum opus’ in terms of both size and detail. I literally have 33 pages of notes about the world, character relations, and timelines so I can keep everything both clear to me, and much more importantly, clear to the reader. The last thing I want is to fall into what I call the ‘War and Peace’ model of fantasy writing where the reader can never figure out who a character is or why it’s important.

Because of this #BOAFG (My self made Blood of a Fallen God hashtag..) will have a glossary, if only to help make things clear to the reader.  Which of course brings forth a whole new set of thought questions about what do I make sure is in the glossary and what can I safely leave out. Gah!

Anyways, besides the actual story, I should be getting the maps finalized soon. I’ve decided to share ONE of the three maps when that happens. Also, mostly because I want to, I will be doing a daily tweet about a single god in this fantasy world I’ve created. I started today May 11, 2017 with the big bad himself, Valnijz.

But JUST in case someone see’s this and didn’t see that..

Valnijz: The Scaled One, God of Blood and Rage. The Destroyer. One of the two ‘dead’ gods, Valnijz still has a very large cult like religion utterly devoted to him. More like a death-cult than anything else, they seek more than anything to return Valnijz to life for the sole purpose of killing all of those who do not follow him.

 

Blood of a Fallen God has in many ways stretched me as a writer.  It also has made me realize I owe a thought of apology to writers like George RR Martin and the late Robert Jordan. Epic fantasy takes, more than anything, TIME. And lots of it.  Next post, will cover Amder, the God of Craft and Creation. Maybe the map reveal as well, if it’s ready.

Keep reading, writing and enjoying life!

 

–Josh

 

P.S. If you are looking for something to read… don’t forget the Bridgefinders books!

Getting to know the Characters of ‘The Echo Worlds’ series

Since I was tagged by the hard working Briana Morgan, I have followed suit and will talk a bit about the main characters in the series..

 

Cenden Key

Myers-Briggs: INTP

Strengths:  Logical, great with figuring out what needs to be done,  loves to learn

Weaknesses: Doesn’t deal with emotions well,  doesn’t like to be the one doing the actual deciding all that much, has a real blank spot when it comes to relationships. Doesn’t understand Marcus’s dislike.

If he wasn’t a Bridgefinder: He’d still be a Systems Consultant, and avoiding dealing with people and their annoyances.

In ten years: Doesn’t think that far into the future, much more into the now.

 

Jasmine Watabi

Myers-Briggs: ESFJ

Strengths: Social and Outgoing, puts others at ease, friendly, from a long line of Bridgefinders

Weaknesses: Doesn’t want to believe that she can work magic, tradition bound, hesitant to make decisions, wants others to do it for her.

If she wasn’t a Bridgefinder: Running a family business, and probably enjoying it.

In ten years: Possibly married, with kids. Believes that continuing her line of Bridgefinders is important.

Marcus Wheeldon

Myers-Briggs: ENTJ

Strengths: A leader. Makes the hard choices and sticks with them. Stoic,  and well organized.

Weaknesses: Bitter about the way things have worked out, angry/depressed often. Doesn’t trust Cenden, and doesn’t like him either. Refuses to accept that he doesn’t know everything there is to know about being a Bridgefinder.

If he wasn’t a Bridgefinder: Blue collar leader. Foreman/Supervisor.

In Ten Years: Dead. He expects the fight against the Slyph and her minions to end his life, sooner rather than later.

Slyph

Myers-Briggs: INTJ, if anything.

Strengths: Magic, power, and a worlds worth of creatures and creations who worship her as a living god. Takes the long view most of the time, as long as she’s winning.

Weaknesses: Megalomania, quick to anger when anyone or anything stands in her way, believes herself immune to harm.

In ten years: Controlling the magic and power of two worlds, her Echo world, and our world. Bridgefinders destroyed, and only a smattering of humans left who agree to work under her thumb at all times. Wants Grellnot dead.

 

Grellnot

Myers-Briggs: N/A Grellnot lives only to eat, destroy, kill.

Strengths: Cunning, smart enough to know what it can’t and can do. Willing to play the long game to get what it wants (but unlike the Slyph complains about it.) VERY powerful

Weaknesses: Hunger, Grellnot lives to eat. Magic, Flesh, Blood, it doesn’t matter. Doesn’t like to work with others. Doesn’t understand how powerful it’s become, but learning fast.

In Ten years: Doesn’t understand the question, doing the same thing as now, eating, always eating. Wants the Slyph dead.

Heather Anston

Myers-Briggs: ESFP

Strengths: Talented and powerful witch. Genuinely wants to help the Bridgefinders, if only because they can’t let Grellnot win.  Finds herself unexpectedly liking Cenden.

Weaknesses: Used to using magic to get her own way, not above using her powers to influence people. Tad arrogant about it. Doesn’t understand why the Bridgefinders have a problem with her.

If she wasn’t a Bridgefinder: She’s not, yet. If she wasn’t a Witch, she’d do something artistic, but something that required attention, like performance art.

In Ten years: Not worrying about Grellnot, and being happy using her powers to get whatever she wants. Not really hurting anyone, but using them, sure.

 

There you go!

The main characters of the Echo Worlds series. Characters like Grellnot and the Slyph are harder to do all of this on, for obvious reasons.

The first book of the Echo Worlds is for sale now, and you can find a link to it here on the site via the “Books I’ve written” Page. Take a look!

 

 

 

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