March 21st, 2008


New opening scene...

So, I managed to sit down and start the new opening scene that has been bouncing around in my head. So far so good. Its really rough and sketchy and clunky and...but it will be able to work. I can get a clear picture of the finalized version of this opening though it will be a while before it will be polished to match on paper.

I do like it, however. It introduces the main characters and their initial conflict and lets the reader know this is not our world. It also foreshadows a key scene near the climax of the book.

Now, I have to make a decision. How soon does the cataclysmic event that changes everything (royal fratricide) take place after the opening? I don't want to take too long to get to this event, yet I need to set it up properly, especially from a motivational angle. The royal duke needs to be driven to this point out of desperation and ego, not just wickedness.

I'm still feeling my way around this new version of this novel.


So, I should be tens of thousands of words into my novel by now but life has that funny way of interrupting things. I've spent the past 3 weeks in western New York, helping the company I work for get a new site up and running. (I'm a Network Admin so you can imagine how busy those 3 weeks were.)

Now that I am back home my writing time will be little. My fiance and I have been asked to transfer permanently to the new site and we are going to go for it. I'm currently down here in the deep South (southern Alabama) and am really looking forward to going home to New York. It isn't the City* but it is only a few hours drive away. My fiance will most likely be going up ahead of me. She will be tasked with finding a place to rent and I will be tasked with packing and moving. She definitely has the better end of the deal here.

So, writing time will be scarce. But I will manage to squeeze in some time. This new opening of my novel is clamoring for attention so I know I will be giving it some.

*the City is: Manhattan.