What: Day 8 of my own personal 31 day challenge based off #CODAL, my 400 page YA fantasy with black female protagonist and diverse characters set in a futuristic world that feels very deep south southern gothic. *Yep. Still repeating it.
Why: Because I don’t want to — which, according to my history, is a clear indication this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing while also actively editing.
Today’s reflection: Today has been rough. I’m not feeling so great but I’m still here. Historically I would sink into my misery, take an L on this challenge, kick myself for giving up so easily, then wallow in my feelings. Instead, I’m pushing forward and giving something. It’s not as in-depth or polished as I’d like, but right now it’s progress.
Day 8 – Meet Lord C_____
My villains are my heroes are my villains. What’s interesting about CODAL is that everyone is an equal opportunity protagonist and antagonist – the hero is the villain is the hero. Depending on the day, time, and even the weather, you never know where any one person stands. In a world where even base necessities are reserved for the privileged and influential, what price would you pay to to ensure your family’s survival?
Lord C_____ — first son, heir to his father’s throne, disgrace to his family’s name. Spoon fed privilege and power since he was born, LC suffers great emotional and physical suffering at the hands of his father. Beloved of the people, he sympathizes with those in the lower quadrants, begging his father to allow their governance to come under his control.
Physically weak though mentally strong, the first son has single handedly developed every advancement that has made Quadrant 9 the powerhouse it is today — all in an effort to undermine his father’s laws and decrees. Lord C_____ plays his role as sickly, dying son with flourish, hoping against hope to outlive his father and watch the miserable wretch of a man shrivel away and die, everything he built returning to the dirt with him.