A Blast from the Past….What do you think?

Greetings all,

Unfortunately, I had a very long day at work today, and then a pile of other responsibilities demanded attention immediately thereafter. Alas, I wasn’t able to give today’s blog the thought that it is due and you all deserve.  So, instead, I thought I might bring you something most of you have probably never heard of and the rest probably don’t remember:  The Lantern Hollow Character Blogs.  I’d love to hear that you think of it as a concept.

The original plan, laid down by LHP in its infancy, was to run two blogs at once:  One of them would be the blog you see before you–dedicated to writing and the Press itself.  The other would be simply fun:  We would blog as the characters from our books and stories!  For instance, I blogged as Meg, the young-adult heroine from my book Waverly Hall:  Relois.*  Melissa became “Uncle Ian” and Danni, from the novel she is now finally completing.  Stephanie had a lot of fun as “Renard Breen”, an insane gangster pixy.  We had enough fun with it that it spawned a third blog, where the villains could runamok.

I say it was simple fun, but it also served a useful purpose:  it forced us to regularly think and write as our characters.  And perhaps more importantly, we ran out of “good” things to talk about, and that made us dive even deeper into into their psyches when we had to put ourselves so far into their lives that even their reactions to mundane things came to light.  Have you ever actually tried to envision someone’s life, moment by moment, and not just the fictional highlights?  It’s not easy.

In the end, both blogs died slow deaths.  We never had enough time to devote to them, and there never seemed to be a readership for blogs written by people pretending to be random characters, ripped out of context, about things no one really cared about.  But it was fun while it lasted and definitely useful.  Take a look at them (while we cringe in embarrassment) and let us know what you think!

The Characters of Lantern Hollow Press

The Dark Characters of Lantern Hollow Press

Hopefully I’ll be back next week with the previously promised installment of War in Fiction!

Have a great week,

Brian

*And no comments from the peanut gallery about my ability to impersonate a 14 year old girl on-line on a blog.  Believe me, every variation of joke you can think of has already been used.  Twice.  Or three times.

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About Brian

I am a history professor and author living with my family in the Virginia Mountains. It's hard to improve on a life like this!

Posted on April 19, 2013, in Brian Melton, Characters, Characters, Erik Marsh, Melissa Rogers, Rachel Burkholder, Stephanie Thompson, Tobias Mastgrave, Waverly Hall, Writing Hints and Helps and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I loved the idea of the character blog, but my! What a lot of work! I’m already impressed by how well you all maintain this one! ^_^

    • It was fun, but not only did it not get much traffic, but it’s a lot harder than you would think to come up with what your character will do next! Even while we were all in the same physical location (us LHP members are all over the place now) we had to collaborate quite a bit to make sure characters responded to each other.

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