Saturday, 8 April 2017

A-Z Challenge 2017 - G is for Gennikin

Welcome to Day 7 of the A-Z Challenge 2017. This month I'm sharing my "Black & White Snippets" - snapshots of some of the characters, places and concepts that populate my forthcoming YA dystopian trilogy, Black & White. There won't be a lot of details or spoilers - just short scenes and vignettes that give you a hint of the world I've created. Today, it's G for Gennikin.


Gennikin was woken by the alarm on his personal pad at 5am, as always. He liked to get an early start on the day, even when his services were not required. No sense wasting hours away on sleep – it was a purely functional activity. Dreams were for less practical people. If he had them, he never remembered them.

After a quick breakfast and shower, and while ensuring that his hair was parted with military precision and held in place, he reflected on his wonderful role as Advisor to the Supreme Grand Ruler of Harmonia. Making decisions that others would be too afraid to make. “Ruthless”, they’d called him at school – but his uncompromising qualities had been noted and he’d soon found himself invited to join the upper echelons of society, adjudicating on matters that most people had no idea about.

It was better that they didn’t. They wouldn’t have been able to handle it.

20 comments:

moon said...
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moon said...

Gennikin- the pragmatic and intimidating advisor. I admire your meticulous character portrayals.
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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - Gennikin - I hope he has some redeeming features as the story develops ... this bodes not well for the peasantry ... cheers Hilary

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Natasha said...

You portrayal of the character and the story line is vivid. It leaves the reader thirsting for more.


Natasha
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A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

I wonder what the dreams are that he doesn't remember...

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Darla M Sands said...

This is awesome! I'm intrigued at first read. So glad I found you at Keith's Ramblings. A writer myself, I'm actually blogging about music. ~grin~ Happy writing!

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Michelle Wallace said...

When it comes to dreams, I'm with Gennikin. "If he had them, he never remembered them." Me too.

Jean Davis said...

Sounds like he knows is stuff and isn't afraid to voice his opinion. Whether that's a good or bad thing remains to be seen.
Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

Roslyn Core said...

Intriguing character description.
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Liz A. said...

Oh. He probably thinks he's a reasonable man. He's probably a villain.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Sleep is a functional activity?? He needs his head examined - sleep is to die for! Clearly he's not a father or baby sitter :-)

Intriguing contrast between the image that the name Gennikin conjures up and the character traits.

Nilanjana
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Random Musings said...

He sounds like an intriguing character - I do love a ruthless one!
Debbie

Shari Elder said...

Great snapshot of the character. The reader really walks away with a strong feel for him.

Keith's Ramblings said...

He clearly likes to be in charge - even of himself! A daunting character indeed.

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Patricia Lynne said...

But sleep is awesome! How could anyone not want to sleep in?????? LOL

Robert Bennett said...

I have to wonder if, based on the description, he happens to be a lucid dreamer as well. Control wherever he goes.

Stephen Tremp said...

Hmmm .... spell Gennikin backwards and you have Nikinneg.

Sarah Zama said...

Hey, this is a fascinating character. I really like the way you let us discover his personality thorugh his thinking process.

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Cathy Kennedy said...

Gennikin sounds like the villain your readers will love to hate. Real villains in the world no one likes, though. :) Happy character building and a2zing. Thanks for visiting Saturday's Art Sketching Through the Alphabet with little GIRLS!

Carrie-Anne said...

He seems like a very interesting character, though I could never voluntarily wake up nearly that early!