The Art of Mirriam Neal

//of coffee sadness and beautiful people

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What you are looking at is a very sad and very important image. It’s the image of my last cup of coffee for a month. I mentioned that we’re going on the ‘leaky gut’ diet (‘leaky gut.’ That just sounds awful. Like ‘acid reflux’) and along with sugar and dairy, one thing we can’t have is caffeine. So, I get no caffeine – during JuNoWriMo. I don’t think morning cups of Sleepy Time are exactly going to help, but we’ll see if I can stay awake with other remedies (like…going to sleep before midnight, maybe).

So I’m savoring this cup of coffee and already trying to figure out ways to get another one before the day is out. Speaking of JuNoWriMo, who’s excited? I am! I don’t think I’ve done enough plotting but I’ve done as much as I can – I’ll have to continue it in about a week or so, depending on how much I write. I’m aiming for 3,000 a day – at least as much as I can fit in, and yet I’m also hoping this will be more relaxed than most NaNos. I think I may have misunderstood something somewhere.

Also, it being nearly June and all, I realized that I had not yet done May’s Beautiful People. I meant to right after the questions came out, but I had just introduced a handful of new and beautiful characters into Kenna and could not decide which one to show favoritism to. However, since Wol quickly became a favorite (and not just with myself) I decided to use him as the subject for this month’s questionnaire.

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  1. Do they get nightmares? If so, why or what of? Wol’s sleep is usually deep and dreamless. If he does get nightmares, it’s either directly after or directly before something he fears takes place.
  2. What is their biggest guilty pleasure/secret shame? I’m not sure he knows what ‘guilty pleasure’ means, but his secret shame is the fact that he indirectly disobeyed his King’s orders when he was in his home country. (It’s a long story and involves too many spoilers, hence the vague response.)
  3. Are they easily persuaded or do they need more proof? He is not easily persuaded. He’s suspicious and thorough, and refuses to act without decent proof – unless his heart is in the way, in which case he’ll act without thinking.
  4. Do they suffer from any phobias? Does it affect their life in a big way? He has many fears, but no ‘phobias.’ Anything he may have had resembling a ‘phobia’ dealt with those he loved, and they are no longer a factor.
  5. What do they consider their “Achilles heel”? He possesses mok-dae, the gift of fire energy, which has as many downsides as it does upsides. His does not use it frequently and prefers to rely on his own natural skill and strength. His fire drains him of energy and burns him as well, rendering it something useful when necessary but crippling if used often.
  6. How do they handle a crisis? He tends to remain very cool and calm-headed in a crisis, at least outwardly. He does not let his panic get the better of him, and tends to plan everything out almost to the point of overthinking (but not quite).
  7. Do they have a temper? He’s hot-headed, but he has a good rein on it. One does not get to be the King’s Hand without self-discipline.
  8. What are their core values and/or religious beliefs? He believes in Elah and was raised in a very religious home. While he lost many of the trappings that came with the upbringing, he stays strong to nobility, honesty, honor, meekness, loyalty, and doing what he knows is right.
  9. What things do they value most in life? When he first meets Kenna, all he has are his principles and the need to return to his own country. While not suicidal, he also carries little regard for his own life. What he gains during his journey will be interesting to see.
  10. What is one major event that helped shape who they are? He witnessed the greatest betrayal he had ever seen, and it shaped his belief of who people are, and what they are capable of. Everything he does is affected by that event.

There you have it – Wol, a swordsman who gets more or less conned by Kenna. (After all, I had to make sure he was a major player throughout the rest of the book, right?) SADDLE UP FOR JUNO, PEOPLE. IT STARTS TOMORROW. (Also, Mom came in to tell me there’s enough coffee left for half a cup. HALLELUJAH!)

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