Yeah, that last journal is nearly two years old, let's replace it, huh? Here's some news: I collected up all of my original fiction (including Shadow of the Templar
) and dumped it on a new website!mchandler.org
It's not very shiny, but it's new, and it's got everything in one place. Plus it's a slightly more appropriate location for my original stuff.
Also, I seem to have gotten tagged for a meme uhhhh last month (and failed to notice until just now, because I am one with the suck) so, without further ado, a quick OC meme:
1. Post 8 facts about your character.
2. Tag 8 some other characters.
3. Post their names with the creator's avatars.
4. Tag backs allowed, if you like. Just let me know in the comments in case I don't follow your journal.
2. Invite other people to participate, if they'd like!AshleyCope
tagged me and asked for Barefoot Robin (he of The Ballad of Barefoot Robin, or The Ridiculous Seduction of Lieutenant Worthington
) (NSFW), and, well, why not?
1. As his nickname would suggest, he's never worn shoes or stockings in his life, not even sandals or rags. The soles of his feet are as tough as leather (and kind of an unpleasant browny-gray).
2. That's nothing, though: some members of his clan have never set foot on land in their entire lives. The river-folk live, well, on the rivers, traveling up and down in flotillas of small boats and rafts, trading and stealing as they see fit.
3. Robin's actually a bit unusual in that he decided to take his boat and strike out on his own, to see the world (and steal most of it). It happens from time to time, although it's odd. He left on good terms, often hooks up with them for a day or so, and would be welcomed back at any point, although some of his people would probably look at him askance for a while.
4. Every man, woman, and child of the river-folk wears one of those little ship's-wheel pendants like Robin's, even though the river-folk do not travel in ships large enough to require a wheel. It is a mystery. They seldom take these pendants off and would hate to lose them; Robin's pendant is a little different from the common run--special, but not hugely.
5. Despite his boasts, Robin really isn't that good of a thief. He's clever, courageous, and fearless--and he runs fast and climbs well--but really most of his success can be ascribed to the fact that people around here leave their windows open and locks in this part of the world are terrible anyway. Robin just grabs things and flees with them. Like a magpie.
6. Robin plays the fiddle, and plays it very well! He whiles away the hours with it in between thefts, eating, and taking care of his boat. Sometimes Thomas' first hint that Robin is once again in town is the sweet sound of the fiddle floating through the marketplace.
7. Robin stole his sloop Jenny from her original owner when he was fourteen. This was considered an impressive theft and made his standing with the river-folk rise dramatically, but Robin did it because he couldn't stand to see such a sweet little girl be ignored and maltreated. (By his definition of 'ignored and maltreated', anyway, which translates to 'left unguarded somewhere he could get to it'.)
8. Robin steals money because he'll steal anything (and gold is pretty) but he doesn't care for it. If he needs something, he steals it. If he can't steal it, he'll trade something for it. If he comes into money, he gives it away, or trades it willy-nilly for anything that catches his eye. Like an apple. It's not clear whether he doesn't understand the idea of paying for things, or understands and thinks it's silly.