I had a good day of writing, I found the zone and I stayed in it. I only stopped because it was getting late and I needed to write my entry for today. I may write some more after I’m finished with this and just count it towards tomorrow’s numbers.
Well, so far I’ve told you the plot, and given you an small excerpt. The one thing I haven’t covered is the setting, and that’s because it’s the same as last year’s NaNoWriMo novel, if you’d like to read up on that, you can click here: SETTING! Also, I’m not going to rewrite all the info I put in last year’s blog posts about some of the main characters. If you’d like to read up on them, then click their names: Saul Deus, Xandria Jopp, Tanya Stentov. They will have had some development, but most of their basic info will remain the same. This year, I’ll be introducing you to new characters who are joining the story. Today, it’s Jill.
If you remember, last year I came up with Jill on a whim. I liked her so much I wanted to bring her in as a main character for this second novel.
Meet Jill Trueheart, a secondary protagonist of The Clockwork Heartbeat.
Meet Jill Trueheart
Name: Jillian Carter Trueheart
Nickname: Cart (went by Carter Trueheart when she pretended to be a boy to be a newsie)
Hair: Thin, straight, and mousy brown
Favorite color: Green
Favorite Music: Anything upbeat
Likes: Clockwork, people who treat her no differently because she’s a girl, flying, putting things together, ice cream, playing ball, being challenged, a good brawl, chicken
Dislikes: Dresses and skirts, being expected to do things or act a certain way just because she’s a girl, anyone who treats her too much like a lady, being stuck in one place too long, cats, peas
Most prized possession: Her wristclock
Why?: Saul Deus gave it to her with the promise of training her in clockwork if she ever came to New York
Personality flaws: Prideful, hot tempered, excellent liar
Personality strengths: Strong willed, confident, loyal
Jill is the middle child of five. She is the only girl, and so she grew up tough and boyish. Since the time she was five, she refused to wear dresses and skirts, and wanted to wear trousers like her brothers. She’s never been one to let the fact that she’s a girl stop her from doing anything she wanted to do. She grew up strong willed, and will do almost anything, regardless of whether it’s acceptable for a girl or not. Though she grew up poor, and didn’t get much education, she has an insane love of clockwork, and has a natural talent for it.
When she was twelve, Jill left her home to live life as a street urchin. She started out pretending to be a boy to work as a newsie. She did that for over a year before getting caught and kicked out. She had several odd jobs since then. She basically did what she had to do to survive. Eventually, when she was fifteen, she pretended to be sixteen to get a job on board an aeronautical called the Skydart. It was during that time that she met Saul Deus, the famous clockwork engineer. He told her she had the clockwork heartbeat and offered for her to become his apprentice. At the beginning of the story, she comes into Deus Clockwork in New York City to accept Saul’s offer.
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Now you know Jill, possibly my favorite character in this story so far. She’s been a joy to write. I’ll share more about other characters later on.
Current word count for The Clockwork Heartbeat: 18,411/50,000!
Until tomorrow’s entry,
Andrew Ronzino, You Know…That Guy.