It’s the first day of April, and once again it is the blogging challenge, Blogging AtoZ. Each day in April, there will be hundreds (thousands?) of bloggers writing a blog post based on the letter of the day.
I forgot to do my theme reveal last week. Okay, I didn’t forget to do it, I totally forgot about having to do it. So I will jump right in and reveal my theme as I start with the letter A.
So, since blogging my way through the Ray Bradbury challenge was not doable for me (for some reason, it was the typing it up everyday that was my issue. I have been doing the thing for almost a year now, writing it down by hand.) But I digress.
So, my plan for this year is to introduce you to all of my imaginary friends, so to speak. I am going to use my time here to go through characters from my writing and work on their back stories, etc.
So I will start with Adam. As I think about Adam, I feel rather bad for him. He is a Naval Officer stationed in Manilla in the early 1940’s and ends up as a prisoner of war and killed in World War II Japan. I have treated him rather poorly, and yet, as I scan through the chapters he appears in, I have never given him a last name. Mostly because the chapters are told in the point of view of his girl friend Joan, who has no real reason to use his last name. Or his rank for that matter.
I know he went to the Naval Academy, so he would be an Ensign upon graduation. Then, two years later he could become a second Lieutenant. Time wise, I guess that would be right.
He is in two actual scenes, then the rest of the book, he is remembered. That may be part of my problem trying to figure it out, he is such a minor character. He has lunch, the restaurant is bombed, and he helps the wounded. Then he is injured in a later attack. Joan has years to think about him, and she dwells on the future they were supposed to have, not his past, which didn’t involve her.
But as I consider Adam, I think he was following his father’s footsteps into the Navy. He father would’ve been in WWI, and would encourage his son to go the Naval Academy and work toward being a fleet officer. But Adam was chosen for Naval Intelligence. Learning the ways of the enemy naval forces. And that may be why I don’t know much about his. Those intelligence types typically keep their cards close to their chests.