Otto woke me up before six a.m. this morning. I took my time feeding them, fiddled around with social media, then headed for the writing cabin.
I was very close to the big boss battle and wanted to get into that.
This one is called The Viral Blues and was intended to be the second story for Lizzie and the hat. It kind of spun out of control and became a lot more than that.
I had all these characters wasting away, trying to draw unemployment, so I decided to put them back to work. This means there are a team of main characters.
My first obstacle involved section breaks for point of view changes. I’m not a fan of this, but imagine two cars full of heroes chasing one car full of bad guy. They’re all doing heroic things, and I need to change POV from car to car. I worked on this for a long time, but had to add a couple of section breaks to pull it off.
One of the things to keep in mind here is that everyone was someone’s favorite. If they come into this book, they deserve a starring moment for their favorite character. Honestly, this was a fun challenge and I think I met it.
Things are rough around the edges, but I finished the story today. I need to do some serious work on it before I send it to critique members, and it may be a couple of weeks before I can do that.
An interesting new challenge presented itself today. I’m on record (probably over at Story Empire) saying I like brief endings. I’ve used terms like “drop the mike and walk offstage,” and “happy for now,” to describe my opinions. This book wouldn’t let me do that.
With that many lead characters, the denouement took longer than I planned. Everyone needed to get something out of the deal now that their adventure is over. Some could be dealt with quickly, but some needed more attention. Then Lizzie and the hat had a bit of drama over their payment, but I like how it worked out.
Then it occurred to me that I was at one of those pivotal points. I have a marketing idea that is either pure genius, or about as idiotic as anything I’ve ever tried. I’m adding my back of the book material, but instead of blurbs I’m noting which stories the various characters appeared in.
My hope is that if someone just met Clovis, for example, they might want to check out The Playground.
Then… I decided to do something I never do. There is going to be an epilogue. There is one loose end that I really don’t have to tie up, but decided to do it anyway. I have a solid idea for it, and I promise it will be fun. I’m selling it to myself like it’s one of those ending scenes after one of the Marvel movies.
I just started writing the epilogue, when I got interrupted.
“Hey! I’m home.”
“Back here. How was your adventure?”
“Honestly, it was rugged. Why do you insist upon breaking me in all my stories?”
“That’s what heroes go through. As powerful as you are, you have your own Kryptonite. Readers need to know that about you.”
“I survived, despite your best effort.”
“I’m so happy. I have some great ideas for your posters, but I didn’t expect you home so soon.”
She hugged me, then sat on the edge of the desk. “Well, someone decided not to write me into the epilogue, so I got an early start.”
“You had plenty of moments, and they couldn’t have accomplished this without you. I decided maybe it was up to someone else to clean up the loose ends.”
“It is good to be home. How’s Bunny doing?”
“He’s huge and fat as ever. I’m sure he missed you, but it’s hard to tell with rodents.”
“I’m going upstairs to see him.”
“I don’t blame you. I think I’m done for the day anyway. I’ll have to finish the epilogue later.”
That is the saga of my day. Summer is going to be a period of editing, getting artwork together, preparing blog tour posts, and loose ends. (Hopefully reading) For those keeping score, I never tracked word count today, but it feels like about 4500 words.
Back to the grindstone tomorrow.