#MyCharactersAreReal Tag #1: Melanie the Child Zombie Killer

So, I’ve decided that instead of posting this on instagram, like normal, I’d turn it in to this months Sunday blog posts instead! It’s not too late to take part! Just check out @ellerymarconnor on instagram for the low-down on this february challenge!

The #MyCharactersAreReal challenge is all about helping you to develop your characters, and the motivations behind them! You can use as many, or as little characters as you want!

The character(s) I’m gonna focus on are from my NaNoWriMo 2017 Project ‘The Diary of A Child Zombie Killer’ – and if you need a small recap on what it was all about:

Set in a zombie apocalyptic Britain, a forty-year old guy called Al, finds a diary of the twelve-year-old Melanie which documents the beginning of the apocalypse, and her experiences dealing with it all. He doesn’t want it to finch, but he can see there’s blank pages at the end. Does she decide she doesn’t need it anymore, does she lose it, or does she die…

Hopefully, you guys will find out…

My Main Character:

Twelve-year-old Melanie

Their Backstory:

Melanies isyour typical school-girl who lives with her mum, step-dad and sister Amber (whose just gone off to university), in a semi-detached house on the outskirts of a welsh town called the Bridges End!

What Does Your Main Character Value?

Melanie values her life (which is obvious considering she’s in a zombie apocalypse) and she values friendship above it all – which is now one of the hardest things to find.

What is Your Characters Most Valuable Trait?

She’s a good listener, and in a world of deception, and shuffling zombies, that’s the best kind of trait she can have.

If Your Character was one of the Deadly Seven Sins, Which one Would They be?

I think she’d have to be ‘Envy’ if she was anything. She envies some of the relationships she comes across whilst trying to find a safe haven, and she envy’s the fact that her sister was able to leave and go to uni and get out of the god-forsaken town they grew up in.

What Makes Your Character Relatable?

I think, nowadays, kids are expected to grow up and mature much quicker than they should, and Melanie does too. She goes through all the thoughts and emotions of a pre-teen, and she hates as well as loves the people around her. She’s moody, whiney and absolutely terrified of what the world can do.

What Does Your Character Consider Immoral?

She considers betrayal immoral above all else. And, she goes through a lot of it…

And What Moral Might Your Character Excuse or Sidestep?

The moral she eventually excuses, is Fairness. In the world she lives in, being fair can get you killed, being fair can lose you your dinner, and being fair can get you turned in to a zombie…


I hope you guys enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed writing it! I’ve really missed Melanie and Albert, and I’m glad I have some sort of motivation, and want, to dedicate some blog posts to a story that had been in the back of my mind for eons! Part two will be hitting your screens next Sunday!

But, until the next time!

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

An ‘Apocalyptic Christmas Story’ by Rhys the AZK

“It twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature stirred, not even a mouse. The kids were asleep, all snug in their beds.

But then came a thud, and a crash and a wallop, and what would come out the chimney that night, but a big green gabbop”

Josie had went to say something, but Rhys had put his hand up to stop her, none of us knew what a gobbop was, but for rhyming purposes, it worked, and after a look, the both of us let it slide,

“Now, it’s not the Grinch my young Jose, but something stranger than him, and, with a clatter and a bang, he got to his feet, and across the carpet he strode, no room for his beat -” he went to shake his shoulders, as if he was going to start dancing, but Jose stopped him,

“Your terrible at rhyming” she said, “It started off okay” she felt the need to tell him, “But I don’t think it makes much sense anymore”,

“It’s a story about zombies at Christmas, of course it doesn’t” Rhys had said before he’d wriggled his butt in the cushion dramatically and turned his head up, continuing with his story;

‘He stumbled up the stairs, they thought it twas the cat, but she hissed at the bottom, she wanted none of that. And in to the girls room, the green thing did go. And, with a scream and a clatter, they were gone without a matter.

‘The parents, they rushed in, all sad and crying, proclaiming to the police, their kid was kidnapped and dyying”, Jose smiled, leaning her head on her shoulder, “But, no evidence they found, except for a red pound. And, on and on, it went, till new years came around” Josie had lied down now, her head resting on her hands, “The mother went searching, looking high and low. And, finally, she found her, all meekly and slow. She was pale and sick, and not a word was said. The mother knew best, so over she went. The dad found them later, both stood outside the door” Rhys gestured to the front door and it made the hairs on my arms prickle, “He thought he would join them, but they ate him instead!”

Josie laughed then – I don’t know if that’s a good thing, considering what the whole thing was about – but it made her belly laugh, like properly laugh, and she hadn’t done it for so long that I didn’t consider how terrible the story was.

But then, I guess; in this world, where people kill people, and the dead kill people too, you need to laugh, you need to be happy every now and then, because, without it, what’s the point? What’s the point of living in a world like this if you can’t?

Rhys had smiled, and then, he’d pulled out a badly wrapped present from behind his back. Josie’s little eye’s had lit up and she looked almost scared to take it, but Rhys put it in to her hands and told her to open it.

It had only been a coloring book and some old crayons, but Josie had loved it, and from the time she was given it, to the time we sat down – for perhaps one of the best Christmas dinners I’ve ever had out of a tin – she never put it down, and, even after that, as we lay content and full, she colored until she fell asleep.

It was and, perhaps, always will be, the best ‘Apocalyptic Christmas’ I’ll ever have.


I’m not sure if this worked the way I wanted it too, but, if anything, it was nice to write it out, and perhaps, it’s given you a little insight in to the dynamics of these three characters from my NaNoWriMo project!

And, also, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, or a very happy Monday!

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NaNoWriMo, Zombies and Putting Manuscripts to Bed (November Wishlist)

First off, fellow Nanodoers, go and write that novel and stop procrastinating!

So, before we start off this months wishlist, lets see how last months went, shall we?

The October wishlist!

  1. Finish editing TOM – Well, yeah, that didn’t exactly happen, but more about that afterwards.
  2. Prep, prep, prep – Well, that actually worked a little better than I thought it would!
  3. Take part in at least two readathons – not exactly, but I read like seven books so that’s not too bad!
  4. Read Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell (It comes out on the 5th and I can’t wait!) – Lets not even talk about this! I finally have it now but I haven’t read it yet!
  5. Finish my Novels page on this blog! I did it, and even posted my first WIP novel ‘Tales of Monsters’, you can find it here!

There were also a few extra things that happened this month. First off, I started a new job. It’s much better than my last one, but still, it’s not great. Secondly, my hamster, Mouse, had his operation, and he came out better than ever! And, something that wasn’t planned, at all, included my dad trying to cut off his own hand. He had to spend two nights in hospital because of it, and hopefully, he might be a bit more careful the next time he uses a circular saw thing!

As I said towards the top, I also managed to read like six books, plus beta read one fairy tale retelling – Melody by Penny Kearney – and the beginning of an epic fantasy. Both of them felt like a privileged to read, and they need to be on your TBR lists once their out in the world! I’ll be sure to let you guys know all about them when the time comes!

The published books I read included Secret of Souls by Aubrie Nixon, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Traitors Blade by Sebastien de Castell, Mike Thomas’ Ash and Bones, Leigh Bardurgo Six of Crows and Michael Morpurgo’s Listen to the Moon! A load of reviews to come!

I spent some of the month also prepping myself for NaNoWriMo, and I am so excited to write this novel, I really hope it keeps the motivation and the inspiration there for me to get to the end!

This also means though, that this month, I want to dedicate all of my writing efforts to Nanowrimo, and that means I need to put ‘Tales of Monsters’ to bed for the month. I have to say goodbye to one, and hello to another, and even though it’s not goodbye forever, it feels like I’m losing a limb or something. But, if I don’t do it, my Nanowirmo project won’t get what it needs, and I think it’ll be good to have a break between this draft of ‘TOM’ and the next! I honestly learned that there’s no point in me rushing it, it’s a big world and it needs to be right, and I also need to get it ready enough for beta readers, so, if you’re looking for a medieval type fantasy with some monsters in it, watch this space!

Another reason for this is that my NaNoWriMo project started off as something quite simple. But, lately, it’s started to grow even more inside of my mind, the contrasts and the comparisons that link in with my two main characters are getting intense, and quite deep, and I only hope that it works out the way it is in my head! There’s no real end goal, not really. A child is in no way going to find the cure to a zombie apocalypse, and neither is they guy who found her diary, but maybe they can find themselves at the end of it, or perhaps Al decides he wants to find this little girl whose diary he’s reading; but, if she doesn’t have her diary anymore, does he really? Or, maybe, in true zombie fashion, they both die at the end.

However, if anything, I really hope that the children in this book show the adults how it’s done! Mel is a strong little thing, despite being eleven years old, and I’m hoping that the innocence of a child will show all the downfalls that adults go through in times of peril!

So, my goals for this month include:

  1. Write a novel in 30 days (or 50k at least).
  2. Don’t pick up Tales of Monsters, at all!
  3. Keep up with a couple writing Insta challenges.
  4. Read at least one book – Most likely World War Z…
  5. Keep up with Wednesday blog posts – even if their just small NaNoWriMo updates!

So, here’s to November, to the month of fall, to the day the Zombie apocalypse begins and to all the others out there attempting the NaNoWriMo challenge

These are the challenges I’m taking part in! I know it seems like a lot, but it means I can connect with more writers and fellow NaNoDoers!

Just keep writing is the best advice I can give to some of you this month! And, keep trucking on and completing all the goals you set yourself!