July 10th, 2007

Medusas's Owl

A bird seems to have become petrified and lost its sense of direction!

KW and I do a lot of past life/alternate version stories to explore our characters more in depth. Lots of "what ifs". We've been writing on one recently to explore a couple of characters, basically one of the "What would happen if these two hooked up? What circumstances would lead to that and how would it go?" sorts. But as so often happens with these things... it turned out to be much more enlightening about a whole 'nother character that was meant to be a supporting role. You never know, sometimes, who will take over a story and how.

Eryk is actually an example of this. The very first story related to Full Circle I ever wrote, years and years ago, was actually about Adrian's parents and his family, as well as Eryk's mother. When she had children, he was just one of them and certainly not the one I expected to be pivotal. But he really came to life, spoke up, moved me, and proved to be more ambitious and striking than I ever could have imagined. He was the first character, I think, that moved me to tears. When I'd initially come up with him, he was just a crabby young redhead side character. Now, the story more or less revolves around him.

You can't always know who will leap off the page, take over the plot, and steal your heart. Sometimes, you're in for surprises. That's what I love best about writing an ongoing series. There's so much I want to know, and so much I'm caught off guard by. I look forward to the day when we have the chance to catch you guys up much faster on all of these lives and personalities. But I suppose the beauty of taking it slow is that even those characters we think we know well... we'll know even better by the time they appear in the comic.

In this case - we're just learning a lot about Eryk's father through another incarnation of his. The Aye Aye. He's made one brief appearance in the comic, and I thought I had a good read on him but wow... there's a lot more to him that I didn't realize. You learn something new every day.