I intended to post last week. But the first day of school turned into a fiasco where I’d sent my son to school on a bus he wasn’t supposed to ride, on a day when there wasn’t even a session for preschool. To compound my stress, I missed getting my husband to the bus stop on time, which made him late for work. He ended up picking up my slack by caring for our son while I went to work, but I don’t handle screwing up very well, and it cost him a vacation day he hadn’t planned on taking. *sigh*
But I should focus on the positive things, right? Like seeing my parents over the weekend, watching the eclipse with my husband while gorging myself on delicious food, and taking my kids to the state fair for my daughter’s birthday where they spent three hours riding every ride they met the height requirements for.
It’s been a busy time at the Town’s End, so I decided to schedule my post in advance to make sure it got out there.
Writing has been productive lately. I made an absolutely horrible, terrible, really good decision to remove certain elements from the second book, Isto. I do so in the name of reducing complexity, minimizing the mental load, and not alienating readers who don’t have the same amount of story knowledge about my world as I do. It sucks.
Some of you might wonder, what are these certain elements that you’re going to remove? Glad you asked! I’m getting rid of references to Han and Tegan, their lives/deaths, and how they related to the war. If that means anything to you, then you’ve probably read the first book. If it doesn’t, well, you’re better off not knowing. It’s not necessary to the second book. I realize that now. And gosh darn it, do I hate it.
Good news is that I’ve already finished rewriting the first two chapters. And by the time this post goes live, I should have chapter five rewritten as well. At least that’s the goal I set with my accountability partner. Oh, and speaking of her, she got engaged. (Yay!) And she had a birthday. (Yay!) And she really liked my chapter 15, which is saying something because she doesn’t particularly enjoy reading epic high fantasy. (Yay!)
After I finish taking out Han and Tegan, I should be able to return to killing that one character I mentioned a long time ago. Perhaps there’s a subconscious part of me that’s avoiding it? Hmmm.
Is life getting busy for you again? Have you ever had to take out something that was important to the character, but not the story? Do you typically schedule your blog posts in advance?