I’ve been working for weeks, shuttling back and forth for the three facebook accounts that I created for three of the main characters in Promises; Jillian Guthrie, Vinni Saito, & Lucinda Saito. I’ve spent more time working and fleshing out Jilly’s with the other acting as supporting and bit players but I plan to add even more to these latter two accounts as well. Friend them all and check out my progress and the backstory of Jillian’s past.
Jillian G: Begins after she leaves home for college and meets up with her best friend and roommate during freshman year at NYU. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vinni S: Jillian’s roomate. The girls form a tightknit bond that is cemented by the time Promises actually starts up, years later. (email@example.com)
Lulu S: Vinni’s BTVS/Angel obssessed grandmother who also forms her own bond with budding artist Jillian. The two eventually begin working together on children’s books. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Many Faces of Willa, it’s a play that I created (not actually sat down and wrote) but created for the purposes of Vinni and Jilly’s back and forth. Their life as students at NYU. It’s a play featuring segments of Shakespearan plays but set in the present and with a modern twist. Something like 10 Things and Leo/Claire’s Romeo & Juliet, but not really. Picture Hamlet’s Ophelia performing in a burlesque show and you’ll get close to what I was thinking of. Jillian’s best friend and sidekick, Vinni lands a part in the Tisch production (as Bianca from The Taming of the Shrew). There’s crossdressing and murder-for-hire. It’s Shakespeare but more.
Jillian, artist that she is, was volunteered by her bestie to work with Set Design and Wardrobe for the costumes, as well as, designing posters to go up around campus.
I suppose there are quite a few things that I could’ve actually ended up naming this blog and at some point…(like when PITD is no longer a Work in Progress) I’ll likely change the title. I was thinking about maybe doing “Desperately Seeking Jilly” or “All About Jilly,” but that wouldn’t really work because Promises is yes about Jilly on the surface of things but there are dozens (I’m exaggerating) or okay a dozen main characters and just as many supporting characters that make up the twisting tangled story that I’m working on. (for the most part). Anyway, I have this final project to do for my E-pub class and tried to figure out what I could do now that I could take forward with me. Why not something that does a little character development and gets an eyeview of what makes some of the characters in Promises tick. Again we have that problem or let’s call it an issue of a novel with so many characters and other stories in the background of the main underlying plot. So I decided for this to just stick it out with the novel’s heroine, Jillian Guthrie and jump into her complicated past after she leaves behind her familial home for college. Here Jilly makes connections with what will be her best friend, Vinni and her surrogate family, the Saitos. So, I take things about ten years into the past and give Jilly her own facebook page. Also, Vinni and Lulu Saito had to each get their own because I couldn’t really have Jilly talking to herself at length. I wanted a new way to tell the story and have to characters dialogue…which let’s face it…is what facebook is there for….dialoguing with those we’re closing to and/or spilling your secrets…posting about the most inane of issues from our day-to-day lives.
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