First of all, THANK YOU so much to everyone that’s replied to the LeyLines Reader Survey!! It’s been so amazing to learn more about you all! I especially am excited to see the responses to that last question. Not only am I amazed at how varied LeyLians are in their interests, but I’ve also learned a lot of new things to look into! (Especially books! Yay!!) If you haven’t yet, PLEASE take a moment to answer these 10 questions! It helps me with a lot of future decisions, including what states I visit for conventions next year!!
Speaking of conventions – Denver Anime fans! I will be at Animeland Wasabi all weekend! Please swing by and say hello!!
I’ve been really excited by the conflicting opinions on Mizha and Zhiro lately. I try very hard to make these characters as human as possible. I want them to be people that sometimes you root on, and other times you just want to pull your hair about their choices, but still have an understanding for WHY they’re acting, even if you don’t approve of it. I’m really happy to see the discussion, and that this isn’t a clear one-is-right-one-is-wrong issue for you all!
On choosing silence…I think a lot of people view silence as “being nice” but I think it’s just as hurtful, if not more, than somebody yelling. I can deal with a yelling person. At least I know what’s going on in their head. When a person refuses to speak, it feels like being held hostage. It forces the discussion into a dead stand-still, in which everyone is helpless, and nobody can solve a problem. That’s part of why “The Silent Treatment” is its own kind of torture. Still, maybe it’s because I don’t really understand how to deal with silence very well. Perhaps I just don’t have the skills needed to solve problems with silence as well as I can solve problems with people that shout at me. How do you navigate a silence treatment?