If you are one of those who enjoy the blessing (or curse)of being my friend on Facebook, you probably got a glimpse of my AlmaMia/Alondra conundrum. Don’t worry if you haven’t, for I’ll tell you anyway: I’ve been uncomfortable about the idea of two main characters, in two different works, whose first names start with the same letter.
I considered changing one of the names, but that didn’t feel right. After letting things sit for a while, I think I found the root of the problem: I’m pretty sure AlmaMia and Alondra are the same person (and my goodness, I need to stop using so many colons!).
In her short story, AlmaMia is a 9-year-old wild child who lives in the Dominican Republic. Alondra, on the other hand, is in her late 20s and resides somewhere in the United States. Their stories happen about a decade apart. I’m guessing that AlmaMia had a very interesting decade (which I need to explore) and without that information I didn’t recognized my own character. Does that make any sense to you?
So… I’m going to spend the next few weeks working hard on the full length tale of AlmaMia the child, while keeping in mind that eventually she’ll become Alondra. No, AlmaMia won’t change her name (that I know of), she will just have the Alondra personality when she grows up into a woman.
Weird, but it makes sense at the moment… Now, I’m off to continue working on the events that take place in between ;-)