“Vital” Matters

Posted: 6th March 2013 by Jeff Bouley / Deacon Blue in Announcements / General

Should have new fiction up soon, both stand-alone and new chapters of “The Gathering Storm,” but have to take a few days (give or take) to tackle a little project. Seems that it’s taken me this long to realize (as I hit some 2.5 years of doing this blog) that I should probably have semi-detailed vital stats/bios for all recurring characters (and any who are likely to recur). That means things like height, hair and eye color, physical build, date of birth, occupation, spouse/child info, notable hobbies, etc.

I had the foresight to put all the stories in a chronological list so that I wouldn’t have continuity errors (at least not too often) in terms of how events intersect and flow, but I’m only just now realizing how much potential I have for things like getting hair color wrong, or having some hero be described as having a nice ass in one story and a flat ass in another. Most people probably wouldn’t notice these things if they did occur, but it’s the kind of prospect that makes me break out in cold sweats.

After all, I already realized that my date for when “Hippocrates Deferred” took place didn’t jibe with the age of Tooth Fairy’s daughter in “The Gathering Storm” and had to change that to about a year earlier in the timeline…something that had me kicking myself despite being an easy and minor mistake.

So, once I have those bios together in one file for easy referencing, I can get back to fiction writing.