Lots of staring at nothing today as I try to work out a pivitol murder scene in my head. How hard is it to just have Josik say ‘Kid, you’re an obstruction to my plans. Now die’? Really hard, apparently.
Critical scene logjam just cleared up in my head.
Stomach bug knocked out two days of work, there. 😦 Ow.
And it got me to thinking more about my doctor character, Mara. What sort of bedside manner does she have? She’s from one of the core worlds, one of the Nine Pillars as they are called. So far, the core worlds are:
Epsilon Eridani, 61 Cygni, Epsilon Indi, Tau Ceti, Groombridge 1618, Sigma Draconis, 82 Eridani, Lambda Serpentis, Eta Cassiopeiae A
I use Pinterest boards to store art I like – the Writing Inspirations board has pics that either remind me of certain things, or that are vaguely like items or people I want to use in the books. Now, it could be anything in that pic. It could be the faceplate of a helmet, or the knee joints of an alien species. I have a Casting board where I stick pics that vaguely remind me of characters, and is there because my ability to draw is a wtetched thing indeed. I can picture most of my cast in my head. Finding pics to go along with that is usually pretty difficult.
Elvira helped write about 2,000 words today, her head laid across one of my feet as I typed. So, you can blame her at least in part for the warehouse fight scene.
More worldbuilding: some research into shipping companies and global trade organizations to later blend into the Kerezov cartel, the Co-Op, and Trans-Indus Mercantile.
Right now the novel is going through another early growth pain – I decided that the structure was not working, so I took a few steps back and revised the outline, then started putting scenes together to get to the place I want to be in.
Turcotte’s motives are stronger, and better explained. Some worldbuilding has been stuck in unobtrusive places. Forshadowing has been added.
Outside, they are repaving the street I live on. Inside, I’m doing the same thing to the book. The Writing Excuses cruise was certainly right about a very specific thing: learning some of the things there made me want to rework the book from the bottom up. Characters need to be rebuilt, which means plots need to be reworked, which means structure needs to change.
Right now I’m at about the half-way point. I need to go back and start looking at subplots to add, and the characters of the passengers and other crew.