Apparently this is my 175th post. Go me.
Also on the subject of Go me, this is what my print out of AMCF currently looks like. I finished scribbling/highlighting/post-it-noting on Saturday evening.
So, um, now I just have to psych myself up to act on all those post-its. Some of them will be easier to fix up than others. I was hanging out with my writer’s group on Thursday and I was saying that each of those green post-its indicates either a new scene that has to be added or a scene that has to be reworked, and it’s tricky getting to this point and having to sit down and say “All right, this scene needs these characters in this location and they need to talk about this.” There’s a bit less room for flow, which makes it hard, but it’s necessary. I’m thinking I might tackle it by picking a green post-it each morning and at least bashing out some words for the scene during the day, and then tidying it up at night. Because getting the words out in the first place tends to be the hardest part.
In less Go Me kind of news, my brain gave me a horrible plot bunny yesterday. Horrible in that it would be really awesome, but is set in the AMCF universe and would require killing of Prince Felipe at about age 35… At that point, his eldest daughter would be about 14, and I would honestly love to explore her having to take on a lot of responsibility way before she’s ready… but at the same time, killing Felipe off before at least the age of 100 would kill me… okay, period setting, we’ll say age 60, but still. Maybe I can convince my brain to just write the other AMCF-inspired stories I have swimming around and make this one about a completely unrelated princess.
(Related: If you’d told me a couple of years ago that the stories I end up writing and publishing are practically Disney movies, just without the awesome Alan Menken music, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But knights and princesses are fun, y’all!)
Anyway, it’s Wednesday, which means I need to share a WIPpet. Today’s date is the 12th of the second month, so I’m subtracting 2 from 12 to give 10 lines. This is a new scene (one of the green post-its) that I was writing at work today, in which it has occurred to Prince Felipe that maybe there are things aroun the palace that Cait would like to see, rather than just keeping her cooped up so he can talk to her. In this bit, he’s pulled out a 400-year-old copy of their main religious text. Personally, I spend the whole scene annoyed at them because I work in the musem/library/archive sector and they are handling this document with their bare hands, but I did at least catch myself before Cait started talking about “engaging with the collection” (I did almost write that, though; Cait will need to be made less of a curator when I type this up properly). Anyway, enough with the talk, on with the WIPpet.
“This is handwritten,” Cait murmered in quiet awe.
Prince Felipe nodded. “It pre-dates our earliest printing presses.”
“I’m scared to touch it.” Cait removed the hand she had had on the cover, but then plucked up the courage to carefully turn the page. On the following one was a beautiful illustration of of the Goddess creating a sprawling oak tree, her hair and her long skirt billowing behind her. The page was lined with a gold border which glinted in the light above.
I should note, I’m still working on developing their religion. In the first two versions, they simply didn’t have one, but it always felt a bit empty to me without it and a couple of my beta readers made similar comments. At the moment, I only have the very bare basics, but I’m trying to come up with a creation story and a few relevant rituals at least.
If you would like to join in on WIPpet Wednesday, post an excerpt from your current WIP that somehow correlates to the day’s date, then head on over to the blog of our fearless leader, K. L. Schwengel and click on the linky. I’m going to head off because it’s past my bedtime (it always is when I post these lately), and I’ll see you all soon!