If you begin looking for something to do, eventually you shall find something to do. It’s only natural. If you don’t find anything, then you either weren’t looking hard enough, or your mind was playing tricks on you with something I like to call a “distraction”.
That happens with me every so often, but last night wasn’t the case. After I finished up the edits on my friend’s novel, I discovered I had time on my hands. And as Styx once sang, when I’ve got too much time on my hands, it’s ticking away with my sanity. Since I’m already sort of nuts, the last thing I want to lose is that, so . . . I started looking for stuff do to. You know, things.
It’s like this: the other day one of my fans left a comment that said something like, “Wow! With all these characters how am I gonna keep track?” I told her that with this novel I’d leave a Cast of Characters page in the story so people would have a reference. Naturally I had to go into my novel to see if, in fact, I might have already made one–but you already know the answer. Of course I did.
I was looking at it, thinking about how I could put this out here for people to see, then decided, “Hey, you can just copy and paste the sucker, because it’s, you know, a big list.” Which it is. So, if you are interested, here is my cast of character for the story–which, believe it or not, isn’t complete, because there are things on here I’m not showing. You know, stuff.
(Excerpt from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, by Cassidy Frazee)
The Children and Parents
The Kirilova Family
Victor Kirilova — Father
Pavlina Kirilova — Mother
The Malibey Family
Davyn Malibey — Father
Louise Malibey — Mother
Aaron Reston — Grandfather
Deirdra Reston — Grandmother
The Foundation Representatives
Mr. Mayhew — Guidance Supervisor
Ms. Rutherford — Kerry’s Guidance Supervisor
Salem Institute for Greater Education and Learning
Mathilde Laventure — School Headmistress
Coraline Gallagher — School Doctor
Isis Mossman — Director of Security
Trevor Parkman — Head Librarian
Deanna Arrakis — Coven Åsgårdsreia and Director of Divination
Jessica Kishna — Coven Ceridwen and Mistress of Transformation
Madeline Palmescoff — Coven Blodeuwedd and History/Social Studies
Holoč Semplen — Coven Cernunnos and Biology/Life Sciences
Erywin Sladen — Coven Mórrígan and Formalistic Magic
Harpreet Bashagwani — Astronomy and Math
Ramona Chai — Self Defense and Weapons
Wednesday Douglas — General Spells
Matthias Ellison — Music and Arts Director
Adric Lewiston — Spirit and Apparition Studies, Science, and Math
Helena Lovecraft — Head Sorceress and Dark Mistress of All
Victoria Salomon — Flying and Teleportation
Polly Grünbach — Science and Technology
Fitzsimon Spratt — Practical Super Science
Shuthelah Kady — Engineering and Magic
Tristyn Julin — Applying Powers
Kitchen and General Operations
Una Grandin — Head of Kitchen
Agnes Piña — Head Chef
Zora Gronowski — Housekeeping Assistant
Netra Bonds — Housekeeping Assistant
Gretchen Rogge — Night Nurse
Bianca Gaillard — All Shifts Nurse
Thebe Göbricher — All Shifts Nurse
Grounds and Maintenance Staff
Sukumari Valade — Head Groundskeeper
Severiana Stasko — Groundskeeper
Wilhelmina Ananas — Groundskeeper
Zenobia Boerger — Groundskeeper
Jehane Pandres — Groundskeeper
Tamera Berube — Security Second in Command
Holly McPhie — Security Assistant
Suhaila Ogata — Security Assistant
Other A Levels
Alica Ferguson — Student from Scotland, Coven Cernunnos
Collin McCarty — Student from Eire, Coven Blodeuwedd
Emmalynne Neilson — Student from Bolder, CO, Coven Mórrígan
Lisa Glissandi — Student from Conway, AK, Coven Åsgårdsreia
Anna Laskar — Student from Germany, Coven Åsgårdsreia
Upper Level Students
Rivânia Suassuna — D Level, Coven Åsgårdsreia
Harmony Macrinus — D Level, Coven Blodeuwedd
Nadine Woodley — C Level, Coven Mórrígan
Harold Napper — C Level, Coven Mórrígan
Chunghee Pang — C Level, Coven Ceridwen
Daria Frontera — C Level, Coven Cernunnos
Winfreda Fishel — B Level, Coven Ceridwen
The Phoenix — Benefactor and Protector of Salem
And there you have it: just about everyone in the story, or at least just about everyone I made note for that might show up in the story. I will admit to editing the Cast of Characters a bit to keep some surprises from you, the possible readers.
But then, while I had the project up, sitting right there in front of me on the computer, I thought, “Hey, you know, it wouldn’t hurt to just, you know, look at a couple of scenes.” Oh sure: Nothing was going to happen. Nothing at all.
I lied. This is what happened.
I got into the first two scenes of the prologue–where we meet Annie and Kerry–and I gave them both an edit. Not only that, but I broke Kerry’s scene into two scenes, as there was a break in the action and it was time to move that other information to its own scene. So now all sit in the project with the label, “Revised Draft First Pass” on them, because I’ll likely roll over them again before getting to another scene.
Did I find anything wrong? Yeah, a few things. A couple of misspelled words; I caught Annie’s father with a dreaded “said” before he spoke, and I rewrote a few lines that seemed clumsy and not at all clear. My first drafts are pretty clean and say what I want them to say, so what I’m looking for in the editing process are those things that look wrong, and then correct them. If I find things that don’t make sense–and I found a few of those last night–I remove them and see if I can say something differently.
I promise I’m not about to get into heavy edits of this novel before I start writing anew. Okay, so maybe I will.
It’s my party and I’ll edit if I want to.