K is for Keeta vs. Kansisi

Today I get to talk about two of my favorite things/people in The Magic Wakes.

Keeta was a late addition to TMW. After the first read through my editor suggested that Talia needed a friend or familiar. Someone for her to interact with and make her more likable. Talking with trees just wasn’t enough. Amie made a suggestion that fit Talia’s character but it wasn’t quite right. And then it came to me.

I was sitting on the couch with my laptop and my sweet puppy Chewy was sleeping on my feet. Talia needed a warm, fuzzy pet that would love her no matter what and bring her comfort when she needed it most. That’s when I sat down and started creating my little treeb.

He needed to be small enough to fit in her bag when Talia traveled, soft, warm, cute, and a bit alien. My puppy has this adorable fluffy tail, so my treeb got one that he could fan out in a display of emotions. In  my mind, I see something that’s a combination between a flying squirrel and a chameleon like eyes that can swivel.

Finally this pet needed a name. The first pet I remember having was a puppy back in kindergarten. Her name was Keeta and she had a birth defect that took her from me before she was a year old. It was fitting considering the plans I had for this sweet creature.

In early critiques, people commented that my antagonists were not very scary or evil. The problem was I knew the Dragumon’s story from creation up until they returned to Sendek. And they really aren’t evil. Shishali, yes, but not the rest of them. They were simply a product of their experiences and Shishali’s manipulations.

I actually have a soft spot for Kansisi and all of his lost potential. In fact, in his original “end” I hinted at some of it, but ended up cutting the scene. I thought of sharing it with you but the writing is really bad and the poetic part is vague since you don’t know about his life.

*sigh* I am going to write this story. It will be part of the short story anthology called DRAGUMON. For today I’ll just leave you with the knowledge that I felt bad for Kansisi and that’s why I couldn’t make him a truly evil villain. I saved that honor for Shishali. Come back on S day for her story.

Do you have a pet? What’s the thing you love best about having a pet?
Have you ever liked your antagonist too much for your own good?


About charitybradford

Science fiction and fantasy writer and blogger. My first novel is now available--The Magic Wakes (WiDo Publishing, 2013)

Posted on April 12, 2013, in Blogging A to Z, World of Sendek. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. So that's where Keeta came from. I thought he was an interesting little creature. As for me, I have a dog and a rabbit that we rescued from our backyard.

  2. That is an interesting blend of creature!Since my protagonist was his own worst enemy, he was also the antagonist. That certainly made it interesting.

  3. I don't have a pet. I'm allergic to most domestic animals.

  4. I so need to read your book. I saw the earlier version without the pet.Had cats growing up. No animals at the moment.

  5. You have me hooked! I want to read your book with the chameleon squirrel. I can picture this animal and it's CUTE!! Peanut Butter and Whine

  6. Sometimes these are the best kind of stories though.

  7. I hope you like the revised version. There are some interesting changes.

  8. Yay! Mission accomplished then. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.

  9. If Keeta is a fitting name for the treeb, then I am afraid for him. I hope I am very wrong or I may not be able to finish reading this incredible book. I love animals, no matter how foreign, better than I do people.

  10. “Ack”. Ok, now I know too much. I think I’m going to have to finish it. My husband said if I don’t finish reading it, I will never know for sure. Thanks for giving us such a gift.

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