Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Aceline Callow-Nováková

Aceline is the protagonist and title character of Aceline's Paracosm.

Aceline was created in May of 2012. She was inspired by the wild tissue monster from this Puffs commercial. Aceline began as a little girl with a tiger hairband who imagined that she was a tiger and played the hot lava game.

Though this quickly changed into the hairband actually giving her the abilities of a tiger. The title of the story came from randomly browsing wikipedia and reading the article for paracosm. Temale-Netam, the eponymous world which Aceline imagined. At least at first.

Temale-Netam is now the creation of Aceline's schizophrenic mind and whether or not it actually exists is a driving point of the story. Her age was recently increased from 7 to 9.

Aceline was born on May 11th, 2005. She was conceived out of wedlock and her parents married shortly before she was born. She has an older maternal half-brother, Erik Novák and an older paternal half-sister, Sky Callow.

Aceline was delayed developmentally, not walking until she was nearly 2 and not talking until a year later. This lead to her eventual misdiagnosis as autistic.

She was thought to be highly imaginative when she was little, having created a complex imaginary world populated with characters that seemed real. She would share stories with her siblings about her world and insisted that it was real.

Because she was so young, her family didn't think there was anything wrong with this. Her behavior began to steadily get worse and she was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 7. Shortly after being diagnosed with schizophrenia her relationship with her siblings deteriorated.

Aceline is very friendly and protective of the people she loves. Any perceived threat to them is enough to make her react violently, along with getting significantly agitated. Though Aceline hates violence she is sometimes unable to control herself.

Along with being agitated, low mood and feelings of neglect make her fall away into Temale-Netam. She is a very hyper child and will often be up at the crack of dawn. Aceline loves animals, especially tigers. She believes that they are the most adorable creatures on the planet and doesn't think they are dangerous. In Temale-Netam, she is best friends with a talking tiger, which may be why she believes this.

1. Aceline has many hairbands, all of which give her powers of the animal it resembles. Though while wearing them she cannot talk. She finds this strange however, since they come from Temale-Netam and the animals there can all talk.

2. Aceline was probably not originally hyper. Her hyperness was actually a side effect of stopping thorazine, which somehow found it's way into a permanent part of her personality.

3. Aceline's birthday is the same as the date the first draft was originally published on bookrix.

Author's comments
Aceline's Paracosm was one of my earlier stories I attempted to write, trying to update it as I went along. Though I haven't worked much on the story in over two years, I feel I'll eventually get to it once I get through my other projects at which time I hope it is a better project and Aceline a better character.

I do like Aceline, she's one of my more adorable characters (not hard only being 9 right?). I'm torn between how the story should end, it seems like there are many different fates for both Aceline's Paracosm and Aceline herself.

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