So far, I’m not making great progress on doing everything on that list.
On the other hand, I did have an interesting conversation with my clone-sibling this morning about plot complications for the sequel to The Fallen: a lot about the motivations and backstory of a character I’m going to call Liam until I’m told what else to call him, and a lot about what actually happened aboard the Kirov. (If you’ve read The Remnant, you saw a bit of the aftermath of that event in the prologue. You know, the part where a squad of marines boards that ship and finds almost everyone slaughtered.)
Y’see, much of the first two novels in this series was “written” long before any of it became words on pages. I’ve known Hrothgar Tebrey for 19 years (and you can blame me for him starting to hang around with those people from Aurora — Tebrey, I mean, not my twin… although if he ever starts hanging out with them, too, I will surely claim responsibility), and we knew his story up to a point, but now we’re in new territory. (Insert joke about mapmaking here. Or navigation. Either one works.) We know how the third book ends, and we know how it begins, and we know a lot of the important things that go in the middle, but bringing all the threads together when and where they belong is proving difficult. And we’ve got people clamoring for the third book (which is, in most ways, pretty damn cool — who doesn’t want to have impatient fans demanding a sequel right now?), but at this point it looks as if we’re not going to have it ready before the end of October at the soonest.
Ever find yourself losing some of your favorite parts of a story you’re working on because they depended on other events that needed to be deleted for the good of the plot or characters or whatever? “The laundry thief,” which I cannot even explain without giving away things about characters’ backstories that are better left unsaid; “the minstrel in the gallery,” which got deleted entirely when it became obvious that some of the characters involved would never be in the right location for it to happen (ever notice how sometimes saying “it’ll never happen” guarantees that it will happen?); the original “mongoose scenario” — a character following the enemy into its lair even though everyone knows that’s a Bad Idea — which will be/has been recycled with a different character… Believe it or not, Brennen was involved the first time around.
Not that I want to make any comparison between Drake and Brennen. (*ironic grin*) I sometimes think of what Drake and Ryan have in common, though: another variation on the “mongoose scenario.” Ever since being informed about Drake’s own venture into the snakes’ lair, I keep seeing something really bad happening where the shattered remains of that stone pillar still stand. Mind you, it’s really bad no matter where it happens, but that particular location… Appropriate, I suppose, but it’s only going to make a later confrontation uglier. (Hey, I’m not the one who decided there was a connection between Drake and Morgen. And if Morgen says something about it after all this time of telling no one at all — although good job taking the negative attention off Brennen for having done something similar, and I’m sure he appreciates it for all of three seconds before that becomes irrelevant — it really isn’t my fault if Drake reacts the way we can expect Drake to react. Is it so wrong that I have a bit of a mwahahaha reaction when thinking about that scene, too? Poor Geoffrey, though; conflicted doesn’t even begin to describe how he’ll feel about it.)
Oh, yeah — that list. I did impose order on my workspace, more or less. Still didn’t find the phthalo green paint. May have to just buy a new tube of it. I did mention to my clone-sibling that we need to update his author web page. May have to get him to let me take over maintaining it. And I intend to write that blog post about grammar as soon as I’m done with this one.
I’ve got all this stuff about The Madness Engine in my head, but I spent part of this afternoon thinking about “that novel” and the interaction of various characters in it. If you can’t have fun with your own paranoia, have fun with someone else’s, right? I even think I had my tiny epiphany about Liam today because of the conflicts amongst the major characters from “that novel.” We may need to include the bit of backstory involving Jon trying to find out what happened at Alpha Centauri. For one thing, it’s important to the characters; for another, it’s interesting. ‘Sides, I’m kinda tired of Jon always being in the shadows. (Hmm. Maybe not the best choice of words. Whatever. What’s he gonna do, throw something at me? Guess it’s too late to warn you, O Reader of My Blog, that I’m in a weird mood today and may blather and use metaphor and go non-linear in my thought processes.)