Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A to Z: H

The A to Z Challenge is underway this year, thanks to the awesome hosts and minions. Special thanks to Arlee Bird for starting this amazing blogging challenge!!! For more information about this challenge, go to the website!

Primary theme: World of Aramatir (Setting for The Champion Trilogy) Glossary
Secondary Theme: World-Building Questions and Thoughts


Hal Treyson – ruler of Aerland, and father of Prince Adrian and Prince Ryan

Hadarath – a griffin of Aerland

Hamneth – A Shepherd who trained under Farrald, Clara’s father

Harthan – a Sword Guard on the Sword Council

Helena – a young Shepherd apprentice, who becomes a triple apprentice to the Triune Halls

Heshani – a young griffin scout

Hest  - a former Champion of Septily

Hesten – a young sailor on Captain Gurnsey’s crew

Hestia – a Lady of Aerland, pranked by Clara and Salene in their training days

Hope – a galleon from Destiny Island

Howlers – a magically created hybrid between man and wolf, subject to the Dark Sisterhood

Huldra – a slave linked to Kalidess

Hylos – a Lord of Rrysorria who does not like Wylandrians
World Building Question: How do you deal with a character that steals your heart?
Helena, a young (age 9) Shepherd apprentice, stole my heart in Champion in the Darkness. I didn't expect her to. I thought she would be a minor character that came and went in two chapters. But then, she kept coming forward in my imagination, so I gave her a little more and then a little more. She hasn't had any POV chapters, but . . . it's been a close call.  
Minor spoiler alert: Helena is one of several characters that I'm considering giving a series of their own. In fact, with Helena, I even have a brief outline for three novella length stories: Healer's Challenge, Healer's Hope, and Healer's Purpose. (all titles subject to change, of course).


Laurel Garver said...

It's wonderful when a character grows and begins to have her own adventures that you just HAVE to write. I think it's a function of the imagination having its own ways and times. The best stories flow from the deep places--below the surface where we try to wield control.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Laurel - your comment is so beautiful - especially that last part - that I want to frame it. Thank you!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

When a character steals your heart...take them home to meet the family. I think you should do a series. Helena would say, Yeah.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Teresa!!

Laura Clipson said...

It's great when a character captures you like that.

randi lee said...

Helena sounds lovely! I've also had minor characters jump into the MC role. Sometimes the heart takes you down a road that leads to a certain person and you just have to expose them for the gem that they are!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes, it's fun. :)

SK Anthony said...

I think Teresa says it best: take them home to meet the family! It's so awesome that she stole your heart...and the possible titles are great too, I hope you give her her series ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You at least bring him back for the next book!
I really liked Mevine in my second book, which is why he's there again in the third.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Randi!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I agree!! Mevine is a cool character!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for the vote of encouragement, S.K.!

Unknown said...

Very nice list of H names.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks Lady Lilith!

Michelle Wallace said...

Finally made it here, Tyrean!
I'm always amazed at the level of world-building that is required for fantasy/sci-fi.
And looking at your glossary/world building questions & thoughts, I'm wondering, how on earth do you come up with these fabulous-sounding words/names/places? Are they derived from existing names/places? Or do you simply throw a few letters of the alphabet together, and then maybe scramble them? Or some other ways?
Susan Gourley over at has a wonderful world-building theme for the challenge. You should check it out.
Writer In Transit

Heather R. Holden said...

Ooh, lots of H names. I approve. ;)

And I've definitely had characters steal my heart the way Helena did with you. Also like you, I've even planned spinoffs for some of them, so I say go with it! :)