Monday, 30 April 2012

Z is for Zellor

My plan for the A - Z Challenge is to write every post as if it were a diary entry by a character from my WIP. Today's post comes from Leah Walker.

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Zellor. Sounds a bit like a place where Hobbits might live, but no. It's actually my home town in Cornwall.

It's pretty, very picturesque, the kind of place people think of when they imagine a traditional English village, with cottages and narrow, winding roads. It's a nice place to retire, but it's not a good place for young people.

I spent much of my childhood playing in my friends' back gardens, because there were no parks to go to, so we had to make do with what we had. It was a lot of fun, it meant we could stretch our imaginations and make up magical worlds to keep ourselves entertained.

It was when I hit my teens that Zellor became a nightmare. Hanging out at a shopping centre wasn't an option. In Zellor, there is one street where there are a few shops, and that's it. It has everything a small town needs, but nothing for a teenage girl who wants to start exploring what life has to offer. There was no cinema, no youth group, no clubs to sneak in to. Hanging out in the library was not my idea of a good day out.

My parents love Zellor. To them, it's the ideal place to raise a family. Sure, it's safe which is important, but that is the only good thing about it. It's a nice place to visit, but staying there, especially after being in L.A, would drive me insane.

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Please note - Zellor is fictional, so don't try Googling it! :D

It's the end of the A-Z challenge! So, I would like to say a gigantic thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented, who followed me, and who have given me so much support and feedback on my characters.Without you, I wouldn't have been so inspired to get my WIP finished! No doubt you are tired of these characters now, so I will let you have a rest before the book comes out lol!


45 comments:

  1. Excellent description of the fictional Cornish village. I especially liked the comment about it sounding like a name of a place where Hobbits live. That, coupled with the description of tiny cottages and narrow, winding roads, makes me imagine Leah grew up in the Shire!

    I'm not sick of these characters yet, but after the A-Z and completing your MS, I can see why you'd need a break.

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  2. My town's not actually that small, but it sure felt that way when I was a teenager. I think Zellor sounds pretty cool, but I can totally understand Leah's point of view. I've really enjoyed these snippets over the last month. I'm looking forward to reading the book when it's out. ;-)

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  3. Great job with the diary posts. Wow that is not easy, but I enjoyed reading them. :)

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  4. Way to go, Kyra! I'm giving you a shout-out in my Z post that I'm writing right now. Please let me know when your novel comes out--I definitely want to read it.

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  5. I'm jealous. I want to live there.
    (That diary entry was so personal, I had to scroll back up and double check that the characters were still writing...lol...great job!)

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  6. Sounds like a great name for a town!

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  7. Well done on completing the A-Z challenge. I bet you need a lie down now!

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  8. I like the name Zellor and liked how you described the town. Congrats on finishing the A to Z Challenge!

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  9. I love the Goggle comment! Zellor sounds so cool! I love the name. I also like safe places to raise my kids.

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  10. Amazing!

    Kyra... you've got to be SO proud of yourself. You took on quite the challenge and nailed it. I loved all the excerpts I read. You've got a fun voice and a creative mind! :D

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  11. Morgan is right. You do have a fun voice for your characters, and all your excerpts have been fascinating. Thanks for visiting my blog as often as you do. Just write a HI when you do so I will feel like my cyber-home is not so empty as it sometimes appears! Thanks for the very kind words on Jennifer's blog! Roland

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  12. I've really enjoyed your posts throughout the challenge. Good luck with the novel - I'm sure you'll keep us updated!

    Congratulations on finishing!

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  13. These have been fantastic. I'm actually a little sad to see them go. Congratulations on finishing the challenge!

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  14. This has been SO much fun. Yours really has been one of my fav AtoZ. Loved getting to know your characters.

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  15. Your A to Z posts have been so great! I'm in love with your characters :D

    And thanks for always stopping by my place too! Glad I didn't frighten you away :)

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  16. yay! I've loved reading your posts, Kyra! Good luck with your WIP. When it's done, let me know - I'll buy it! :D

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  17. I loved your challenge theme. :) Congrats on finishing! Yay!

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  18. Zellor DOES sound like a place where Hobbits would live!

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  19. i have loved your creative way of blogging during this amazzzzing challenge!!

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  20. I was all set to Google it...
    Your diary entries have been great!

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  21. Congratulations on reaching the end. I've enjoyed meeting you and reading your 'diary entries.' I look forward to the book, now:-)

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  22. Congrats on a great finish!

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  23. Congratulations on finishing the Challenge! It was great fun. Your characters are wonderful. Get to finishing that manuscript now!

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  24. Kyra- Your idea of doing the diary entries for the A-Z challenge was brilliant. I really enjoyed getting to know each and every one your characters! Not sick of any of them.

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  25. I've really enjoyed reading your posts this month! I still think it's an absolutely brilliant theme for the challenge, and I'm definitely going to keep it in mind for next year. Congrats on finishing the challenge and doing such a great job! :-)

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  26. Congrats Kyra! I bet by now you know your characters inside and out, huh?

    See you tomorrow. :D

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  27. Certainly not tired of the characters, in fact I'd love to learn more! Thanks for 26 amazing posts :)

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  28. What a fantastic approach to the challenge. Entertaining for your readers, and I'm sure a very useful way for you to really get inside the heads of your characters. I might just have to steal this idea next year. :-)

    Congrats on completing the A to Z challenge!
    Jocelyn

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  29. I think you are the first person to comment on my blog every day! Ha! So cool!

    And Zellor sounds a lot like the town I like in :)

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  30. Are you sure Zellor isn't real? I think I live there!
    Great posts, and congratulations on finishing the race to Z.

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  31. It was SO much fun my dear. Thank you for sharing!

    Can't wait for that book :)

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  32. YOU MADE IT!!! WOOHOO!!!

    I did it last year, and even though I had ALL my posts pre-done, it was still exhausting...

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  33. Clever idea with the diary entries. Thanks for sharing your work with us!!!

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  34. I bet Zellor is actually somewhere in Middle Earth :D

    Congrats on finishing!! I've really enjoyed reading your posts!

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  35. Congrats on finishing A to Z!

    Jolie du Pre
    Precious Monsters

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  36. Congratulations on finishing this challenge! I'm glad I was able to read some of your entries. They were fun! I hope you had a good time, too. :)

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  37. Congrats on finishing the A-Z. Zellor sounds like a really cool place. Don't worry, I won't google it.

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  38. Like the hobbit reference :) And HUGE congrats and getting through the challenge! WTG!!!

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  39. You have had the coolest posts for this month :) Congrats on finishing the challenge!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  40. You wrote such great entries with wonderful characters. Well done on finishing! I only got to "S" and then stopped :-(

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  41. Congrats on finishing the challenge! I've really enjoyed getting to know all your characters.

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  42. Zellor definitely doesn't sound like the kind of place a teen would like ;)

    Congrats for completing the challenge!

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  43. Well done Kyra on your A-Z success! You did a fabulous job and I enjoyed reading the letters. :)

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  44. Hi Kyra .. great description of a Cornish village - Zennor, Newlyn, winding streets of St Ives .. easily Cornish .. then you could have pixies too ..

    Well done on A - Zing and then your WIP .. good luck and see you soon .. my mother comes from St Ives! So I have Cornish blood in me .. cheers Hilary

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