So I’m really excited today for two reasons. Knowing me, I have WAY more than two reasons. I actually have a full-blown list with ALL the reasons why I’m excited for today’s post. As my fellow list lovers know, making a list for things that excite you are crucial to life! But I will not bore you with REASONS and I have once more digressed on a wild tangent as is standard issue for me because EXCITEMENT!!
Getting back on track.
Reason one for excitement:
Today, I’m joining in at the last second of the Beautiful People meme created by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. And just in the nick of time too!! (Haha, no I won’t make another joke about my name, don’t worry!) I’m excited because I’ve never taken part in the link up before and because this month’s Valentine’s Edition questions were a lot of fun to dive into. (Okay so technically that’s already two reasons, possibly three, but who’s counting! I make the rules here! Mwahaha! *Clears throat, settles down just a fraction*)
Reason two for excitement:
I am FINALLY sharing more than pitiful snippets of my work with you and actually TALKING about this THING that I’ve been laboring over for the past year. I may or may not have a case of the crazy eyes at this moment. >.<
And now, because I think it’s important to say this, I will say WHY I’m finally coming out of my little hermit crab shell. And that’s because after last Friday when I poured my heart out to you about feeling down, there was an overwhelming and amazing and just so incredibly uplifting outpouring of responses from people across the inter-webs that I was so humbled and flattered and just grateful (so so grateful) to know that I’m not alone and through all that love and support this little penguin’s heart really felt bolstered and filled with a renewed sense of purpose.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still feeling that doubt monster creeping in, he’s lurking around somewhere I’m sure. But today I’m not giving him/her/it the time or attention. Because today’s a day to be excited for! Because while the doubt monster may try to eat me one day, TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY! Haha, wow, yeah, it’s no surprise to annnnnyone how much of a dork I am.
Anyhow, what I’ve been trying to get to and have been dancing around like a magical fairy is that I will be talking about my manuscript in a non-spoilery way, which just gives me the giggles and I’m suuuuper excited to be sharing with you these little bits of this world that I’ve created and the people in it!
So I hope you’ll enjoy today’s post as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
On to the questions!
1. How did they first meet?
The main characters of Dreamweaver are Tristan and Nix. They met when they were kids. Tristan is Gifted, so his magic gives him the power to create and manipulate dreams, making him a….you guessed it, a dreamweaver.
So he was actually dreaming when he ended up in Nix’s dreamscape. At the time he was 7 and she was 5.
As Tristan got older, he thought that the randomness of ending up in Nix’s dreamscape was a sign of fate, which he took to mean that they were destined to be together.
2. What were their first impressions of each other?
Well, they were kids, and they come from two kingdoms that have been at war off and on for hundreds of years. So you can imagine a young boy’s surprise at being dropped into a dream with a little girl who is clearly not from his own kingdom, who is also playing in the mud and is making a complete mess of herself and to top it all off doesn’t care that she is either.
Suffice to say, Tristan didn’t really like Nix at first because she had immediately taken to making fun of him for his foreign name and his stuffy uptight clothes. When he proceeded to berate her for behaving like an animal, namely a pig, she taught him a lesson in humility by throwing mud in his face. And thus their glowing friendship began…with fistfuls of mud and sufficient amounts of animal name-calling. So cute.
3. How long have they been a couple?
They’re not a couple. I ship them becuase who wouldn’t?!?! Lol.
Wait, that’s confusing. Let me explain.
At the point Dreamweaver begins, Nix is 17 and Tristan is 19. Their kingdoms have been actively at war for the past four years. So Nix and Tristan haven’t spoken to each other during that time. It’s safe to say that they’re not friends anymore.
When the story opens, a crucial battle against Nix’s home country, Kakure, was won six months ago. Can you guess whose been taken as a prisoner of war? Yep. You guessed it. Nix.
To make her situation worse, Nix was severely wounded in that crucial battle. So after being comatose for a while, she actually wakes up with amnesia. I know, pretty sucky, right?!? So, not only does she not know who she is, she doesn’t know who Tristan is either. But, it’s not like that even matter because Tristan hates her any damn way at this point.
But do you see why I ship them?!?! Like, I can’t even help it!
They hate each other right now, but they practically grew up together. Like, of course I’m going to ship them.
4. How committed/loyal are they to each other? Would they break up over a secret or a disagreement? Could stress drive them apart? Would they die for each other?
So I’m going to have to answer this question and all the questions from here on out from before Nix and Tristan stopped talking four years ago and focus my responses from during the time when they were besties.
You see, before they stopped talking, Tristan used to visit Nix in her dreams nearly every night and they’d do practically everything together. Tristan’s dreamweaver magic allows him to create anything from nothing within the dreamscape, so, together, they essentially did it all within the safety of Nix’s dreams.
They were really really close before Tristan suddenly wasn’t able to access Nix’s dreamscape anymore, hence why he hates her. Tristan never knew why he couldn’t access her dreams anymore and he agonized over the reason for a long time before walling himself up and vowing not to think about her again.
But before that, they would have definitely died for each other. I mean, let’s be fair, 15 year old Tristan was pretty confident that he was in love with her. A boy doesn’t visit a girl in her dreams every night from the time he’s 7 until he’s 15 and not have a massive crush on said girl. I mean, MAYBE it could be just friendship but it wasn’t ever like that for him. He always felt it was some act of fate that put him in her dream the first time.
And Nix used to argue with Tristan all the time. I mean ALL the time. She’s kind of a spitfire. So stressors like that hadn’t come between them before in the past.
The only thing that’s come between them is the reason why they no longer talk, and well, I can’t tell YOU because of spoilers…
5. List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)
Okay so food? Well, Tristan favors a orange spice tea that Nix can always smell lingering on him and his clothes. And Kakure is known for their chocolate and coffee so Nix’s favorite desert is actually a combo deal of the two, chocolate covered coffee beans.
Tristan likes to draw and Nix likes to stab things. <—HAHA, this one made me laugh.
Tristan is a pilot so he feels a sense of peace when he’s in the air, flying above the world. Nix is an expert fighter. She feels at peace when she’s stabbing at shit. Annnnd you think I’m kidding… >.<
Nix is 5’4” and doesn’t consider herself short at all, because let’s be real, that’s pretty average. But compared to practically everyone in Aguillon, including Aguillonian girls she IS short. Because of this, Nix is convinced that everyone from Aguillon is descended from giants.
Tristan is a bookworm and often falls asleep with a book in his hand.
6. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
Aiden, Tristan’s best friend and his current Master of the Guard, definitely didn’t approve of Tristan’s feelings for Nix at first. Aiden is a few years older than Tristan and is like an older brother to him, so he’s a bit protective. In the beginning, his reasoning was that Tristan falling for Nix would only end in disaster because both of their kingdoms would never reconcile, which would make it impossible for them to ever be together in any capacity outside of the dreamscape. Essentially, he wanted Tristan to get real. But he also liked the way Nix made Tristan feel about himself so in no way was he wasn’t about to come between that. So while he disapproved, he didn’t want to be the one to break them apart. Besides, the way he saw it, there was no way in hell they’d ever actually meet in real life. He just assumed that one day, one or both of them would finally come to their senses and they’d both go along their separate paths. He’s got a very laissez faire policy on life at times.
7. What would be an ideal date?
IF Tristan and Nix were even a couple right now:
For Tristan, going to the library and reading his favorite books to her or having Nix sit still for long enough for him to sketch her. He’s a thinker, so he’s naturally very quiet and pensive and is happy to do quiet activities or things that require him to puzzle out and problem solve.
For Nix, doing anything physically exhausting and most importantly doing something outdoors. So a walk in the woods, a run along a beach, throwing knives into a tree, or sparring against someone (preferably with something sharp in her hands). Basically, if she can get dirty and messy and work out her frustrations with herself in some physical way then that’s what she wants to be doing, even if it is while she’s on a date. She’s a fierce competitor so she likes to compete.
To make it ideal for both of them, Tristan could pack a messenger bag of his favorite books, he could lay out a blanket in the middle of a forest and read out loud to her while she sharpens one of her knives. Or better yet, he could read her a book about an ass kicking heroine while she reenacts all the best action scenes. Yeah…I think that would be both their jams.
8. What are their personality dynamics? Similar? Contrasting? Do they fight a lot or mesh perfectly?
They’re contrasting personalities with similar souls, if that makes sense. She’s like the flame of a fire while he’s like the hail in a storm. They’re both powerful people, they’re both intimidating and together they’d make a wicked team. But when two titans go head to head against each other, sparks are bound to fly.
Tristan is intense, very passionate and has a deep sense of dedication to his kingdom.
Nix is trying to find herself and she’s carrying a lot of baggage. Some things that she carries with her after her memory loss are her stubbornness, her fearlessness and her incredible sense of loyalty.
So in many ways, they’re very similar, but they’re different enough that they used to challenge each other A LOT growing up.
9. What have been their best and worst moments together as a couple?
Hmmm….this is kind of sad for me. Because all of their best moments are in the past. They were best friends and with Tristan’s gift, he can literally create and reconstruct anything he wants inside the dreamscape because nothing is impossible for him within that realm.
So they used to do all kinds of stuff like climb mountains, race across dunes, repel off castle walls, etc. Their imaginations were literally their only limits. However, after so many adventures, some of their best moments have been them just staring up at a star filled sky as they recount their day to the other. It’s so simple but it’s very them. As they grew up, they both felt like they had a lot of responsibility riding on them, so sometimes they just wanted someone to talk to who understood.
Their absolute worst moment was when Tristan was unable to access Nix’s dreamscape anymore, thereby terminating communication between them.
And, of course, there is the whole Tristan capturing Nix and then imprisoning her thing. I suppose that counts as well. >.<
10. Where do they see themselves and their relationship in the next few years?
As kids they saw themselves finally being able to meet in real life. They hoped for peace between their countries and vowed that when they had the power to do something about it they’d make it happen.
But now? They hate each other. So….yeah…about that.
Regardless of where they are NOW, I can’t help but ship these two characters. I know I probably shouldn’t considering everything, but they’re the alternating POV’s in Dreamweaver, I know their whole backstory, about how they met, how they basically grew up together in their dreams and I think it’s just adorable. But, alas, none of it matters because their countries are at war, Nix is being held as a war criminal and to top it all off she doesn’t remember any of it and she doesn’t even remember him!!!!
Oh the feels. Oh this poor penguin heart of mine! Of course I’d write a story that would put me in agony. Of course! Me torturing myself is just classic me status right there. >.<
Well, there you have it guys! My first ever Beautiful People post and my first real dive into sharing Dreamweaver with you!
I hope you enjoyed and I look forward to sharing more with you! ^.^