I realized earlier today that it will be a plot spoiler of sorts to have “that novel” published before the sequel to The Madness Engine. (Not that we’re certain that’s how we’re doing it, but that does seem to be the plan.) There’s a sizable time-gap for a character who’s in both novels (I say a character because these fictional people have a way of surprising us, and I know better at this point than to assume he’ll be the only crossover), and having him there makes it clear that he doesn’t die (at least not permanently 🙂 ) in the other series. Readers who are familiar with The Madness Engine, once that’s out, may see this character in “that novel” and wonder what could have happened in the intervening time to cause the changes they see. (Yeah, I’d like to know, too. Maybe I’ll find out when I interview him in April for the A to Z Challenge.)
Speaking of the A to Z Challenge… I was talking to my clone the other day (oh, be quiet — you’re just jealous because you don’t have a clone, too) and I mentioned something about a “character interview” I’d written some time ago. He said that it would be fun to do one of those with Drake sometime. I grinned and replied, “Well, I was hoping to interview him, along with lots of other characters, for the April Challenge this year…” He likes that idea a lot. So the good news is, I won’t have to sneak and do some of those character interviews behind my clone’s back. (Do you have any idea how difficult it is to keep something secret from a person you’re mindlinked to?)
I get to do some more editing soon! 🙂 Imagine me doing a happy dance with red pen in hand. Well, not literally, but you get the idea… If I go too long without telling other writers what to do with commas and participles and dialogue tags and stuff, I start getting the urge to take over the world or something, and since that would interfere with my writing (although not for the reasons you’d think), it’s better for all of us if I’m allowed to wield the red pen sometimes.
So, there’s that.
In ordinary real life (the part that has nothing to do with creating stories), things are not going too well.
Something is wrong with my left eye. I’m not sure what, and I’m hoping it’ll go away soon.
Yesterday evening, I suddenly got a major floater in my eye. I get them all the time, but usually they’re small, blurry grey things that, at worst, interfere a bit with reading for a few hours. This one, though… Pure black and sharply defined, like an ink squiggle. A moving ink squiggle, because of course every time my eyeball moved slightly as I attempted to see around/past the squiggle, the floater got sloshed around and rearranged its shape. (Yeah. Wasn’t fun for me, either.) I actually watched this thing break up over the course of a few of hours, to the point where it was just a bunch of grey spots — fairly typical floaters.
Then the flashes of light started in one corner of my eye.
I mentioned this to my clone, and he suggested that I was experiencing vision problems from pressure on my optic nerve. It was a reasonable explanation; he sometimes gets full-blown optic nerve migraines, auras and all. So I took some ibuprofen and Sudafed and went to bed, hoping it would all be better in the morning.
Well, the light flashes went away, but today I’ve had a faint blurry patch — a slightly moving blurry patch — in my left field of vision. I looked this up online, and… WebMD says, “Retinal detachment may happen with no warning, but often there are retinal tear ‘warning’ symptoms of flashes and floaters.” I was worried about this before I saw the web site, by the way — I just went and looked at that a moment ago. And it seems that one of the risk factors is extreme near-sightedness. Joy. The only reason I thought to look up the symptoms in the first place is that, several yeas ago, I had a problem with floaters — one floater, actually, but a big one like a grey thumbprint in the middle of my left eye — that someone else thought could be a sign of a detached retina… Not that I got to see a doctor about it, of course.
I sort of wish I hadn’t looked this stuff up, because now I know it could be serious. There is no way I can afford getting it taken care of, either.
Have I ever mentioned that the idea of losing my eyesight scares the hell out of me?