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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Guess what I did?!!! [And other stuff, less exciting. Sort of.]

…I just did it.

I sent my book proposal/story excerpt to the publishing company.

I know I said I was going to do it weeks ago…but I got hung up on a certain question for a while. Today, I had some help, and finally got some answers for said difficult question…and now…it is done. Sent.

Sooooo nervous.
Yet, not nervous.



Yesterday, I worked on some stuff at the end of book two. It has been in my head for a while, and I decided to see if I could write some of it. [Sometimes I get ideas fast, and they come immediately; other times, I have an idea, but it isn’t ready to be written, and I have to let it sit in my head for a while before it fully comes.] During the course of that, I…well, it led to something that I wasn’t planning, but really like. I wrote a blog about this a while back, but I will explain a little bit more here:

Basically, I had an idea that I wasn’t sure if I could use anymore. It was about the death of a character, which eventually led to my main girl getting the idea for the former main point of the story. Following? That guy’s death was the drop, and the main point of the story flowed from the ripples. In this, his death was redeemed…and it led to some growth for my main girl too.

BUT…since the story has changed drastically from that original point, I wasn’t sure if the death was still necessary. I was going to cut it all out and just have that guy not die [I didn’t want to kill him anyway]…then I realized I could use it to lead to something else --- the end of book two.

So I went from having almost no need for this death idea, to having eight ways it could branch into something else. [Eight very similar ideas, each one just tweaked a bit.]

SO…I started messing around with it yesterday, seeing if I could write some of it. And I surprised myself with something I came up with…I don’t really even know how it happened.

My struggle with it is this: In this story, though both Satan and God are active and present, they are not recognized. The word “demonic” can never and will never be used, because there is no understanding of demons. As such, my girl can never say that a certain guy seemed to be possessed or controlled by a demon. …But at certain points, that is exactly what is happening. SO…my issue is figuring out how to describe things in a way that will make it clear that there is something else at work.

…Because it needs to be clear. Under the influence of a demon, a certain character does something that is very out of character for him. BUT…the girl barely knows him, and…I don’t know. Like, somehow I have to…ugh. My girl can’t just brush it off like it is no big deal, because it is a big deal. He almost did something very bad to her, and I don’t want to treat it lightly now when I haven’t treated it lightly in previous parts. But at the same time…he didn’t really know what he was doing; he was being controlled by an entity that neither of them understand or know of. …Ack much!?

In other news…does anyone know anything about forest fires? Like, if you are in a forest, and part of it is set on fire [over five miles away] how quickly will you smell it/see it/hear it? Will fleeing animals be the first sign? Will smoke? Ahhh!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm glad you sent it!!!!!!!!!
    But, I don't know the thing about forest fires that you need to know. =( Sorry!