Saturday, April 28, 2012

Got the Groove Back

I was beginning to think I had writer's block because I just couldn't get 12 moving. But the dam seems to have broken. Chapter 01 is basically written. It isn't that funny, but it is written. Chapter 02 is kind of a problem child, but 03 seems to be working itself out. And I got some ideas of how to bring teh funneh. I had already planned a Halo/C3PO parody. (Imagine if 343 Guilty Spark were as flaming as C-3PO. That's what I'm talking about.) And I am playing with the idea of a Dr. Who parody figure tentatively called Dr.Whatever. (Because there is some ... kind of sort of but not really... time travel in Book 12 as I have it planned out.

Also, I had been thinking David Alkema would get into a romantic relationship with Reena Decker from Book 11. But I have introduced in Book 12 a character of Honoria Keeler, who is the great-great-great-great grand niece of Bill Keeler and they seem to be hitting it off pretty well. So, we'll see what happens.

Spoiler Beyond the break.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Book 12, The Early, Writer's Block Part of Book 12

As I am struggling to get Book 12 going, I'm having second thoughts about Change's inability to work out whether she's in the past/present/or future... maybe that would be an interesting narrative to work with, since I jump around a lot in the course of writing anyway. Of course, back in Book 10, I thought writing a bunch of chapters based on the plays of William Shakespeare would be pretty cool, and we all know how that turned out.

Made the mistake of reading some of the stuff in Book 09: Gethsemane. You know, when the two Bill Keelers are talking to each other, that's some really funny sh-t. And Now I'm all intimidated, 'cos I feel like 12 should be funny, and I just can't make it funny.

In my spare time, I've been actually prolific in mapping out the history of the Commonwealth and the Crusades. I am going to have to retcon some of Book 4. Maybe General Ziang was a bit senile when he told Keeler about the Crusades, or maybe misinformed him. He was only around during the last one, after all.

Put some stuff up on the Wiki. I think all the major characters and characters who made appearances in more than two books are up there now.

OK, teh kitteh wants his chair back. Gotta go.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

And So It Begins... Again

Just wrote the first five pages of Book 12. I mean actual pages not notes or such. Twelve begins with Eliza Jane Change's point of view as she tries to remain in the present while her mind goes forward and back and time.

I am not sure I am going to keep this opening. I don't intend to tell the story from Eliza's POV, and I am seriously thinking of putting her in a coma so I don't have to deal with her, because even though she does something important to the plot later in the book, I really don't have much for her to do until then.

Still unsure whether I'm going to blow up the Earth or not, but that comes later. I was originally going to do that, then I changed my mind. Now I'm having third thoughts. It's like when I decided (spoiler) not to kill off Matt Driver on Charlemagne. It seems like a cheat that he survived.

Artwork courtesy: Concept Ships Blog