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Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Wow, I've been concentrating on Laev's book and just saw all the comments.

Ok, I'm easy, Nuin can be an animal Healer...or I really like the idea of him being a geologist and animal tinter ;)

Anyway, I do recall off the top of my head that T'Ash's mother was a perfumer.

BTW, Dontea (D'Ash's daughter) breezes in on about page 5. I have to be careful to emphasize that Laev thinks of her as a daughter so no one thinks any hanky panky will be going on (he'd be appalled, but Celtan standards are Earth standards and I need to conform to most Earth standards). Also to clue readers in that she is NOT the heroine.

I'm having a fabulous time with Laev, Camellia Darjeeling (the heroine), my new private investigator, Garrett Primross (as a manly man he objected to Primrose), and the starship Nuada's Sword....many secrets.

So, Nuin as animal healer and geologist? Or vice versa?

May you enjoy all the input you give today.

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Blogger Michelle Rudeau said...

I know you have a lot to think about with the children of past heros/heroines, but I was wondering if we were going to see anyone's else's children soon? Oh, and I'm also a fan of the geologist main Flair, and animal tinter creative Flair. ;)

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, if you're set on Nuin being a geologist what about the other brother being an animal healer. Make the other sister a blacksmith as well as a jewelry designer. since T'Ash is so adamant about male/female roles it should lead to lots of interesting discussions between him and his youngest child.

1:50 AM  
Blogger Michelle Rudeau said...

I agree with Valerie. Changing the gender roles would allow for interesting conflicts and growths for characters. But as the Flairs are looking now, I don't see Celta's next animal healer. Is some other family going to develop that Flair? Like the Sallows?

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Valerie, I love it! We need to keep the Great House of Mallow alive and well. I also like Nuin having his main flair be geology and his creative flair be tinting. A neon pink and green fox anyone?


10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hee...Robin you apparently tweeked a few of your devoted fans!!

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hee...Robin you apparently tweeked a few of your devoted fans!!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Crafter Jane said...

Robin - I love your work, and stalk B&N for new releases!
I also think there needs to be another animal healer & continuation of Great House Mallow. Having a female as a blacksmith/jewelry designer would shake up T'Ash!
Hmmm, time to go re-read the Heart books again :)

11:45 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

LOL, you all. Ok. T'Ash is big, Danith is small. I really don't want a female blacksmith to rely solely on her Flair, but also muscle. I hadn't envisioned an amazon daughter, but let me get used to the idea.

Other children: SupremeJudge Ailim Elder has a bit part in Heart Change as it stands. She and Ruis, Nuada's Sword's Captain, also had the first child. I'm pretty sure their SECOND child (the one with Flair, not the Null) may be in Heart Hope (a title my mentor loathes, so I'll put it up for discussion too).

I'm thinking about ALL of this.


10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great that I'm not the only one that would like to see animal healing flair continued! :-)

I would love to see one of the kids with animal healing flair (for some reason, I'm not too keen on a kid with animal tinting flair), maybe with creative flair for gems/jewelery?


2:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See an amazon daughter would be great because it would make the spouse search that much more difficult. After all a lot of the Celtans don't marry a heart mate. Plus it would be great if the heartmate of one of the girls turned out to be a Clover.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Michelle Rudeau said...

For Leav's title, is there any word you could use that deals with Camellia's Flair? I can't think of anything acceptable related to business (Heart Deal (not really romantic and too much like Heart Duel)) or what’s Leav’s creative Flair? If you want something on the lines of hope, how about Heart Wish, Heart Dream, Heart Peace, Heart Truth, or Heart Trust.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Silver Phoenix said...

Being an Amazon myself (I'll never have to worry about osteoperosis, that's for sure), I'd love to see one of the Ash daughters be built like me. She wouldn't even have to be paired up with a really big guy--I won't go into the fun you can have when you're evenly matched with your date, physically speaking--and I think it would be even more amusing if she ended up with a 'metro' Heartmate.

Oooh, it could turn into a Hepburn film-style slapstick! :-D

9:40 AM  
Blogger Tannun said...

We can suggest titles too!

How about Heart Attack or
Broken Heart?

4:00 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

I like Heart Trust, but, well, it sounds like a bank, or a place they swap out Hearts or something.

I have decided that Laev's talent is sculpting. I don't know Camellia's talent yet, but she is a tea blender (and that sounds odd too).

Also, right now I need a small sculpture (maybe of marble) that he might have made during his Passage? Ideas? The Lady and Lord or Lady and Lord together (ahem), sound too standard for me. How about a delicate tree? You think that would work? The time is early spring...and this is in Heart Change.

A leaf? How can that be pretty?

Brainstorming here.

I've heard Heart Attack before, Tannun. I've actually heard a LOT of funny titles before Heat Mate...


5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His Heartmate's name is Camellia so how about either a sculpture of A Camellia bush in bloom or a sculpture that represents her flair in the color of a camellia blossom?

7:07 AM  
Blogger Silver Phoenix said...

I was watching Food Network Challenge the other day, and it was recreating art in chocolate. One team (I hope they won; I didn't watch the end) did The Thinker, but instead of making it look like a real person (like the actual statue), they did a chocolate framework and make a "skin" of chocolate leaves. It was hellacool, and sort of made me think of the Green Man.

Sculpture needn't be...so traditional and concrete in terms of what it's protraying. It can also be representative.

You might try checking out modern sculpture. It's amazing what those kooky wacky nutty kids can get up to with some baling wire and a few week's worth of time. :-)

6:24 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Thanks for the comments about sculpture. I usually love modern, non-representational sculpture, but whether or not that will work on Celta, I'm not sure.

A Camellia blossom sounds interesting.


5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... there is one thing everyone is overlooking on the whole children and flair thing. Since Celtans can live up to 200 (at the extreme) and often live well beyond their first century, a grandchild (Sonschild or daughterschild) could carry on Danith's Flair. True this does nothing for near-future books, but could serve to give some of us hope that animal healers and animals themselves may continue to flourish.


10:07 AM  

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