Come,Â sit by the fire and I’ll pour you a special cup ofÂ tea -Â Midnight Fog it’s called.
Recipe for MIDNIGHT FOG…
- Â Steep a bag of Red Rooibos tea in Â 1/2 cup of boiling water.
- Whip 1/2 cup of chocolate milk (or substitute like chocolate almond milk) in blender
- Pour into a sauce pan and heat.
- Wisk to create frothy foam.
- Add the heated chocolate milk toÂ tea.
- Garnish with pumpkin spiceÂ and raw honey.
HALLOWEENÂ lends itself naturally to villainsÂ expressing themselves in clever and creative attire.Â Â If it’s not the headless horseman or the age-old Frankenstein, it’s Darth Vader or Zombies hulkingÂ the dark streets in ourÂ neighborhoods.
This brings us to my favorite topic – storytelling – and in this case, talking aboutÂ theÂ very important, three-dimensional character, theÂ antagonist.
Webster’s dictionary defines antagonist as… “one that contends with or opposes another – the adversary or opponent.”
What would storytelling look like without a well-developed, strong,Â fierceÂ andÂ compelling antagonist who’s as well thought-out and multi-dimensional as the hero (or protagonist)?
You wouldn’t have much of a story now would you?
The heroÂ depends on the antagonist to challengeÂ him, force him to overcome… to change… to win.
The antagonist can be:
- a main character
- one’s dark side vs one’s “good”Â side (Dr. JekyllÂ and Mr. Hyde)
- things like the Â weatherÂ (aÂ hurricane,Â volcano, 40 below freezing temperatures)Â Â whichÂ the protagonist mustÂ overcome or avoid
Most times we think ofÂ the antagonistÂ as the villain. Is that always the case?
Could the heroÂ be the villain and the antagonist his/her adversary? Something to think about.
Well, the tea-pot is empty. Time to spice up my antagonist villainÂ in my latest book – Treasure Trap – coming soon. Watch for it.
The mean Mrs. Polzin in Treasure Trap – Carrie Â©