…at the same time!
The clone wrote 9K words on Sunday. The tapping of keys, the music on his “writing” playlist on iTunes, the occasional odd question from my clone (“What was the color of that rock?”) about some detail of plot or character or setting… Yeah, Sunday was a very good day. Total word count is now above 80K.
Good stuff in those nine thousand words, too. If there’s any problem at all with these latest scenes, it’s that there could be too much good stuff unless the author is careful: plot complications and character conflicts — oh, the character conflicts, and the secrets revealed at exceedingly inconvenient moments — and the layer upon layer of worldbuilding-through-implied-history. This is the middle book of a set of five, though [edit — he just told me that he thinks it’ll be seven — so much for tradition], a point where it makes sense to spread out and forge more interconnections, set the stage for what comes next, raise the stakes and the tension and maybe a weapon or two.
We had a conversation yesterday evening, my clone and I, about some of the backstory for certain secondary characters. Somehow, I had never gotten around to explaining to him exactly how David Morgen and Lyra Rhys-Griffith first met, and that lack of information was creating a bit of… confusion. Mostly because what he’d written didn’t match what I knew about these characters. All cleared up now. We even managed to have the conversation without me getting too upset. The credit for that goes to my clone — I was almost non-verbal at one point, worried that he’d judge me for being so stubborn about trivia… But he understands why some details about that character matter to me; he’s just awesome that way.
We’re still not sure what we’re gonna do with LR’s ‘doppelganger,’ though. (We’ve decided to base a minor character on our beta reader. Serves him right, if you ask me.) Maybe he should be a crewperson aboard the Vigilant, a new recruit for Tebrey’s team.
…And eventually, it’s gonna be like that, too, I’m sure. One of the viewpoint characters in this novel — he has a plot thread all to himself — has been reminded a lot lately about the place where he died, and if I know my clone, there’s going to be some… fallout from that soon. *sigh* Can’t say I didn’t expect it.