I was editing the first chapter of The Night Phoenix today. As I did so, I was trying to think of a plausible excuse for the two shapeshifters. I mean, it's not like everyone will be completely ignorant or oblivious to the fact that a wolf or a fox shapeshifts into a mouse all of a sudden--even if they're not paying close attention.
As always, the answer was right in front of me, and had been for quite some
I started a roleplay with a friend of mine, Mary Hills (you can find her blog
here: Writing Progress ). Rowan, who is one of my shapeshifters from The Night Phoenix,
is one of my characters in the roleplay.
Well, in that roleplay, I had Rowan shift into the form of a human. My brain, I
think, was telling me, "It's just a roleplay, you don't have to play by
the rules of your novel."
This afternoon though, I realized--why in the world is one of the rules of my
novel a rule that says the shapeshifters can only shift into the form of
animals? I mean, why?
I don't quite know. Perhaps I made that rule up at 4:00 in the morning, which
was when I first started writing The Night Phoenix (I got up early,
since it was the first day of NaNoWriMo, and I wanted a head start on this race
I was involved in).
Anyway, I'm extremely excited about this. The shapeshifters' ability to become
a human could take the novel into so many different directions! So, I'm going
to decide on what their human forms look like (I already have Rowan's human
form mostly created, I think; not Aelfcynn's), and then decide which places in
the novel they'll be human.
If anyone has any ideas what Aelfcynn's human form should look like, please let
me know! ((Oh, and as a sidenote; she usually shapeshifts into the shape of a
pure white wolf with green eyes.))
Thanks, guys! You rock! : )