So Glitter Girl got a bit of a redesign the other day, with some tweaking on the cover, new front matter and one key detail in the story. But the core of the piece, born out of a visit I once paid to Beverly Hills High School when I was teaching in LA, remains the same. Glitter Girl is all those pretty blondes with fathers in the film and music industries.
The story is told from the viewpoint of someone else, though. The Witchman narrates, and one reader said he didn’t learn enough about the character from his “voice.” Another asked if the Witchman will ever get to star in another story, so that readers could know more about him.
I’ve been thinking that it might be interesting to follow these characters out of this story into the bigger world of the Moon Road. The Glitter Girl herself has quite a journey ahead as she learns what the spell to turn the heart of some rich empty headed hunk will really cost her. The Witchman called it right – it isn’t love she wants, it’s power. Will she really rip the heart out of the hunk and walk away? She’s a card carrying member of the Mean Girls club, so that’s probably what happens. But I would like to see her come to terms with the magic she has unwittingly taken into herself.
And the Witchman, that battered war veteran hunkering down in the desert where he can be alone with his memories and his magic, seems to me to have a world of stories to tell. So in the parlance of TV shows, I’m making him a regular. He now has a name: Adam Voss. He also has a backstory of service in the Gulf War, a wound and a meager pension – and witchcraft of the darkest kind. His narrative crosses a little with that of his fellow wounded warrior in the short story “Cold Wind.”
Adam will appear in the upcoming Soledad City novel, “A Patch of Cool” when musician on the run Lucas Horne takes a terrifying ride through the desert and a disastrous detour at the truck stop/cafe where Adam lives out back.
Adam also has a bit of history with Velocity, the owner of Cafe Colibri in downtown Soledad City – and a magic creature in her own right. More on Velocity in upcoming character sketches.
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