Wulfendragon Character Cards

Wulfendragon Character Cards
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Well, I’ve changed the name of Book 4 to Wulfendragon.

I’ll explain more about how that name came about later, but for now I thought I would give a quick update and share some images of the characters so you could see a bit how I write.

I used to use little figurines to help me keep track of all my characters, but that got progressively more complicated and expensive as the stories grew. So now I search for images on pinterest, size them in photoshop, print, and cut them out. Then I put them in collector card sleeves. 

 

The images I find aren’t exactly what I picture in my mind, but they work beautifully – and it is a lot of fun to arrange them when I’m starting a new scene, and I can keep other cards grouped according to where they are ‘off screen’ so as to help me keep track of what is going on in the story as a whole.

                       

You’ll recognize some of the old characters here and as you can see I’ve introduced some new ones. I’m especially having fun with Buttersmere, the assistant to Clive Greyhame Gettlefinger.

     But, just as his eyes settled on the document, he was startled by a deep voice, “You, Buttersmere. I had hoped to enjoy some solitude before our meeting.”
      Buttersmere’s smile disappeared at once. He looked up into the sober frown of Father Scabtree. 
 His hair was streaked with grey, and pulled back from his forehead, and then it feathered strangely out to the sides and down his neck. Deep creases were everywhere about his face, no doubt from perpetual thoughts of indignation towards the lower life forms that surrounded him. Line after line upon his large forehead ran parallel to his furrowed brows, as if his voluminous thoughts all pointed downward like a furious river; foaming water bottlenecked by enclosing banks, rushing forward to destroy everything in its path, and then disappearing into an underground cavern. Buttersmere shuddered.
      “I see you are equally pleased to see me.”
 Buttersmere covered his mouth with his hand. It almost seemed as if he had muttered some terrible thing about the priest, and had been overheard. Maybe the priest could read his thoughts. 
      “Come now, I do not bite.” said the priest, “Let’s go about our own business until we’ve arrived at Pigeon Porch. Then we can pretend to meet again.”
      Buttersmere was able to raise one side of his face into a smile, while at the same time his chin retreated into his neck. A noise of agreement came out of his throat. 
      He now felt as a captain must, who harbors the terrible knowledge that his obedient sailors are actually pirates prowling on the edge of mutiny. Buttersmere lifted his treasured paper, but his hands were now shaking, and he sensed that he was being watched. As naturally as possible, he raised the paper higher and higher until it hid him from Father Scabtree’s view. 

I’m finished with part one, which is eleven chapters long, and I’m beginning part two. Now, I’ll have to search for a few more character images 🙂

  

13 Comments

  1. I really like the name Wulfendragon, and I’m very curious to hear where the name came from. It goes with the whole one-name titles theme of the previous three books, and sounds nice and mysterious. . . . anyway, Buttersmere is almost as great a name as Fergus Leatherhead!

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    • When I was at the Lamplighter guild this summer, I had written a script with the ‘Never Land Mobile’ in it, and one of the masters told me that it should be looked at as a ‘character’ in it’s own right.

      That got me thinking about the City of Hradcanny, Tump Barrows, The Citadel, Pigeon Porch and the Baachus Theatre (new settings in book 4) and the game that all the people of Hradcanny were playing.

      So, I made a prototype of the game, and it’s playability was encouraging and it began to grow in my imagination and in it’s place within the story.

      Then I began to search for a name, and I really get excited about that search – the choosing of names are important to me. I settled on Wulfendragon, and realized that the game, as a ‘character’, could actually be the name of the book.

      I’m also glad you like the name of Buttersmere 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement!!

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      • That game sounds really interesting! I can’t wait to see how you play it.
        Who wouldn’t like the name Buttersmere?

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        • Once I finish book four, we hope to do a Kickstarter campaign to go into production for the game. I’ll probably do a post on the game a little further down the line.

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          • If you do, I’d definitely support it!
            I know a lot of people on there supported both the fourth book of the Wingfeather Saga, and the production of it on-screen (animated). It’s by Andrew Peterson, a Christian author.

  2. Glad to hear you’ve been making good progress on book 4, and the new characters look to be amazing additions to the series!

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    • Hi Isaac,
      I was just thinking about you tonight, and our idea about making some comic style books, and was amazed then to see that you had just written. Are you still open to the idea?

      Thanks for saying I’ve been making ‘good progress’ 🙂 It’s actually been kind of pitiful what I’ve gotten done over the last year, but I am encouraged with what I’ve gotten done in the last week and I really appreciate your encouragement and enthusiasm!! Thanks so much 🙂

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      • I would still love to help with a comic book(ish) series! If or when you’re ready to start on them, just let me know.

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        • Great! Thanks Isaac.

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  3. Wow, this is so exciting! Thanks for the update!

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    • I’m glad you’re excited, Muffin. Now, I’ve just go to keep the momentum going.

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  4. To Jonathan’s comment: “If you do, I’d definitely support it! I know a lot of people on there supported both the fourth book of the Wingfeather Saga, and the production of it on-screen (animated). It’s by Andrew Peterson, a Christian author.”

    Thanks so much Jonathan. I really appreciate your support! We met Andrew Peterson when we were up at the Lamplighter guild this summer. He gave an incredible concert that really ministered to our whole family. His voice has been heard throughout our home more than any other over the years, as we listen to song after song of his. I have a lot of respect for that good brother 🙂

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    • You’re welcome.
      Mr. Peterson is a great song-writer too! I was introduced to his songs after I read his books, actually.

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