Today is a bittersweet WIPpet Wednesday because this is the last bit of Driev’s tale I’ll be sharing. Over the weekend I put ~Finis~ on the last page of the word document, and sent Bound in Shadow to my Kindle. I’ll give it a read-through now, just as though it were a normal book. I’ll highlight glaring mistakes, make notes, but otherwise keep my hands off editing and tweaking until I’m done, and it goes back to the laptop. Editing and revisions will follow, and then on to the Betas. If you’d like to be on that Beta list and haven’t done so, let me know. Right now it looks like I’m still on target for the end of May.
That means, of course, I’m jumping into Edge of Darkness, book three in the Darkness & Light series, with both feet. So you’ll be getting bits of that for WIPpets going forward. I’ve got many, many, many unconnected scenes written–I’m not sure what I’ll be keeping because at the moment it’s fighting me. Mostly due to my indecision as to whether or not I want to begin in the week following the events we finished with in Emergence, or a bit later than that. There’s a part of the tale I want to tell and I can’t decide if I’m being self-indulgent or not. I know, rough draft, I should just let it go where it wants and stop over-thinking. But…well…that’s not as easily done as I thought. A lot needs to get resolved in this book. And a lot needs to happen. But, I have the very beginning which I shared here, and I have two endings written because I tend to write the ending first. One is decidedly happy. One is bittersweet, but hopeful. How the rest of the story transpires will decide which of those I go with. In either case, things are getting shook up in a big way. There are a couple new characters, and the Goddess herself plays a more active part in what some might find to be a very surprising way.
Anyhow, on to the last *sniff* WIPpet I’ll be sharing from Driev’s current tale. Not to say there won’t be more Driev tales in the future. We’ll see how it goes, and what he and the readers think on the matter. For the 7th of May, 2014, I give you 26 sentences (5+7+14) from one of the flashback scenes. Driev and Andel are sitting on their favorite perch atop the library dome.
We fell silent again, watching the storm build, listening for the first rumble of thunder to be carried in by the salt-tinged breeze.
“You never talk about your mother,” Andel said. “Aren’t you curious if she’s still alive?”
I shrugged. “I don’t know. She left when Lill was a baby. My father never talked about her, and I learned quick enough not to ask.”
“Aren’t you curious? She could still be out there somewhere.”
“Why should I care?” Anger colored my response. “She abandoned us. Left us with a man like that…”
“Maybe she didn’t know.”
“How old are you, Andel? Ten and nine now, right? When are you going to realize the world isn’t all flower gardens and warm pastries? Take another walk in Runoff and open your eyes if you have any doubts.”
“You’re not from Runoff.”
“Doesn’t matter. People are the same no matter what part of the city they’re from. If my mother had cared she wouldn’t have left.”
“People make hard decisions when they don’t have any other choice.”
I scowled at him. “Now you sound like your father. Just let it be, savvy?”
I did have a quick sketch of Driev I was going to share, but then I decided not to…for reasons. For now I’ll continue to let you form your own visual of our darling boy. I do have a rough of the cover done (I’m so far ahead of the game it’s scary!) and I’m really liking it.
Okay, that’s all from me this week. One armed paper-hanger and all that.
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