Characters Who Tend To Take Over Your Life

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Every once in a while a character, or characters, you invent completely take over your thought processes.

Several months ago I was sitting here writing a short story when my mind was suddenly invaded by the names of five Goblins and the idea to write a series of adventures for them.

They are Globular Van der Graff, (Glob), Makepeace Terranova (Make), Byzantine Du Lac (Byz), Eponymous Tringthicky (Mous) and finally, curmudgeonly old Neopol Stranglethigh (Neo).

In the world of fairy tales, goblins have always received bad press, often portrayed as mischievous and positively evil. And so I thought it was high time that someone wrote a series of stories showing them in an entirely different light. My gang of woodland goblins, far from being evil, are in fact on the whole good guys.

Since first coming up with their highly unlikely names and their first adventure where the reader is introduced to them (Glob and Me), I’ve written four more adventures for the little band of Goblin brothers and their human friend Mica (The Hunt for a Friend, All that Glisters, For the Love of Acorns and A Spell is Cast).

None of these stories are tales you would wish to read to your children as bedtime stories.

This series is definitely for adults, as were the tales of the brothers Grimm. As I’ve written each tale, I’ve found out more about each Goblin brother. They all have their own particular characteristics, and foibles. Glob is definitely the boss of the troop. Byz is a simpleminded childlike character who has a tendency to wander off on his own, getting himself into trouble. Make and Mous, while generally getting along together, do tend to bicker a lot like genuine siblings, while the fifth member of the band of brothers – Neo is the thoroughly grumpy one.

Along the way, I’ve introduced various ancillary characters necessary to the particular story plot. In some stories certain of these reappear, while others do not.

I’m currently working on a fifth adventure for them. Stories with well established characters largely tend to write themselves. Now it’s time I got back to writing the next adventure as Glob, Make, Mous, Byz and Neo dictate it to me…

A Spell is Cast is currently available to you  here in Angie’s Diary. Just click on the ‘Stories’ heading and look for it.

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  1. Jack Eason says

    UPDATE: I’ve just finished writing the 21st tale. What can I tell you, I’m on a roll. lol 😀

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