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 🙂

36 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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    • How do you view the use of magic in his books?
      God Bless
      Sincerely, RC

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      • I’m not very familiar with his books or how he uses magic in them, but I imagine that we probably wouldn’t agree. I sure love his music 🙂

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  5. That’s actually a really ingenious idea! I may ahve to try that!
    I’m thrilled that there’ going to be a fourth book! I look forward to it.
    Thanks for writing these amazing books!
    God bless.
    Χαιρε!
    Sicnerely, RC

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  6. Yeah, it’s a lot of fun trying to find faces and expressions to match to your characters. Thanks for the encouragement R.C, I really appreciate it!

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  7. Mr. Harding,
    You’re welcome. I would say that you are one of the two authors i have read who can write so much theology and Bible into a work without being in the least preachy, moralistic, or forced while keeping the pacing consistent and retaining stylistic excellence.

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    • Thanks so much RC. That is high praise indeed! I’m very curious who the other author is.

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      • Mr. Harding,
        C.S. Lewis.
        Have you read Pilgrim’s Regress?
        God bless,
        Sincerely, RC

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        • No, I haven’t read that one.

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          • It’s a great allegory by Lewis.
            Though I think Lewis was quite possibly a heretic [he didn’t beleive in the infallibility of the Pentateuch, Judges, and Ruth from what i can see]

          • Mr. Harding,
            Just so you are aware, in Commonly Asked Questions, you state that there is no romance in The Peleg Chronicles. Loresmen does contain some small amounts thereof, particularly in the epilogue.
            Have you heard of the Ashtown Burials series by N.D. Wilson?
            God bless.
            Sincerely, RC

  8. Hi Matthew!

    I love the pictures! You should make a trading card game. Yes, I loved the AP concert at the guild, what’s your favorite CD he’s made?

    Seeing as everyone else is asking you if you’ve read this or that, I’ll ask you one. Have you read John J. Horns men of grit series? I still have a great battle in my soul over if I like his or your series better… (Sniff).

    Ethan

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    • Hi Ethan.
      I like the game idea. We’ll see how Wulfendragon does and then maybe we’ll look into that.

      I’m not sure what my favorite CD would be because someone else always put the CD’s in and now everything plays automatically from our devices.

      It’s amazing that you asked about John J. Horn’s books. I just finished reading the first one in the series and asked him to come on over for a guest post. I think that should be up within the next few days or weeks 🙂

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      • Hi Matthew,

        That’s so cool that you just finished the first one. I think I like the 2nd one best (The Boy Colonel) and the 3rd one (Secret of the Lost Settlement) is honestly the most moving and powerful novel I have ever read!

        Did you know that his novels have just been republished by Grace & Truth books? I was really excited, because I had bought all three books from Amazon (For a more expensive price than normal) just after Vision Forum had closed. He’s also working on a fourth book right now.

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  9. I think I’ll change the answer about romance to ‘very little’. That should make things more clear 🙂 Thanks, RC.
    I haven’t heard of the Ashton’s burials … I’ll jump on over to Amazon and see what they say. Is it something you recommend?

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    • Hi Mr. Harding,
      I just couldn’t help jumping in on this conversation. I have read Ashtown Burials, and it was okay, but I’m not sure if you would like it. It had some strange things (magic), but it happened in our world. (For some reason, I am more okay with magic in other worlds, like Andrew Peterson’s “Aerwiar,” because you can tell that it isn’t real. I don’t like books that have magic in our world as much.)

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      • Thanks, Jonathan. I appreciate the input 🙂

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    • Mr. Harding,
      I do recommend Ashtown Burials, though part of that rests upon my distinction between miracle-magic and magic-magic. It includes both, though i think that magic-magic is kept to a. bad guys b. bad guys who go coward and tag along wiht the good guys. The main other type fo magic is those present in the form of fnatasy creatures who are not explicitly magic.

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      • I liked Ashtown Burials, but I wasn’t so sure about some parts of it. What did you think about the whole “transmortals” thing?

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        • I thought it was well handled; in general, those who tried for it were bad; those who got it almost accidentally were good. there were three exceptions i can think of [Ponce, Leon the turtle, and Gil] . Ponce was motivated by fear; Leon by cheese; Gil by fear.
          All in all, i actually think that was one of the best elements of the book.
          I could argue about the magic in it but this is not the place.
          God bless.
          Sincerely,
          RC

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  10. Hi Mr. Harding! Nice to hear of your progress. It seems like the books I’m most excited about right now are ones that the authors haven’t finished yet! Hope you can keep up the pace.
    Well, so as not to be left out, I shall also ask you a question about books:-) Have you ever heard of Nicole Sager’s Arcrean Trilogy? She’s also written several other books. She writes fantasy a lot like you, with no magic, humanism, or sensuality. Personally, I have found all her writings to be very well done and edifying and would freely recommend them to anyone. Thought maybe you guys would be interested.

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    • Thanks, Brooklyn! I sure appreciate the encouragement.
      And the Arcrean trilogy sounds quite promising 🙂 I’ll go check them out on Amazon.

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    • Hello Brooklyn,
      On Amazon I read the sneak-peek of The Heart of Arcrea (The Arcrean Conquest book 1) and it really seems like a great book! I’m very glad that you mentioned it, because I am quickly running out of good books to read.

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      • You’re welcome! I’m glad I said something. I’ve really enjoyed all of her books; hopefully, you all can too.
        Oh, and sorry everyone about the double post *blushing*. That was my bad.

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