The Cast of Aven: The Vitelliae

There’s a lovely Roman women dollmaker, and I like to play dress-up sometimes. Because I’m an adult. The male dollmaker isn’t quite as good, since it pretty well only works for military costume, not casual or senatorial, but since Gaius here is a tribune, it’ll do.  The lack of togate options did mean I had to leave out their father, though.

I had fun with these — I’ve actually done several variations for each of the girls, but let’s call these their “meet outfits”. Aula Prima is a little daring, Gaius is a well-funded military tribune, Latona favors elegant luxury, and little Alhena is rather more demure and restrained than her elder siblings. And I like how I can show the family resemblance — Alhena and Gaius share a severity of expression, Aula and Latona have the same eyes, Gaius and Latona are just slightly darker-complexioned than their siblings. Alhena’s hair should be a little more true red, Aula’s a little more copper than strawberry, but I worked with what I had available.

Aula Vitellia Prima

Aula Vitellia Prima

Gaius Vitellius Caranus

Gaius Vitellius Caranus

Aula Vitellia Secunda, called Latona

Aula Vitellia Secunda, called Latona

Aula Vitellia Tertia, called Alhena

Aula Vitellia Tertia, called Alhena

Forthcoming: More men and women of the city, including men of the army and a bevy of magically-inclined ladies.

Word Clouds for ‘Aven’ Manuscript

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Draft #3

I love word clouds. There’s just something mesmerizing about them, and they can be so weirdly artistic, too. I got sort of addicted to them at work, actually, because we use them for various teaching purposes. I’ve done them for Aven three times now: once right after I finished the first draft, once after I’d done quite a lot of revisions, before I started querying, and now a third time, with the new round of additions and adjustments. It doesn’t change a lot — but I do like seeing what subtle shifts there are. Some characters come into greater prominence. Some ideas grow larger or smaller. Like I said: mesmerizing.

AvenWordle2

Draft #2

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Draft #1

Introducing the Ladies of The Antares Project

Captain Jian Kearney

Captain Jian Kearney

Miss Augusta Adelaide Schroeder, navigatrix

Miss Augusta Adelaide Schroeder, navigatrix

Dr. Felipa Martinez y Reyes

Dr. Felipa Martinez y Reyes

Lady Elinor Alexandrina Denebola

Lady Elinor Alexandrina Denebola

The clothing is a little more fanciful and a little less historically-sound than I’m really imagining, but all the same, these are reasonable approximations. Haven’t yet found a steampunk dollmaker I like well enough for menfolk, so I can’t introduce you to the gents yet. 😉