The summer flew by, and I feel I accomplished a decent amount these past couple of months. I’ve taken the kids to the swimming pool, arcade, zoo, fun-zone amusement center, and we’ll be hitting the fair later this month. I’ve also made good progress on book 2, finally working out the details for my last few chapters. I still need to write them, but now I kind of know where I’m going with them. Woot!
Speaking of book 2…
IWSG Question of the Month – Have you ever written something that afterwards you felt conflicted about? If so, did you let it stay how it was, take it out, or rewrite it?
I know the question probably means feeling conflicted the moment you’ve written it, but for me, the conflict came years later, and I ruminate over it a lot as I write book 2.
The first conflict was easily solved. I used a derogatory term to name a group of my travelling people. I’ve since fixed this and renamed my group to Wayfarers.
The next two aren’t easily solved, and I’m just going to live with the fact that I’ve committed these writerly crimes and feel crappy for choosing to let them stay as is.
In book 1, I killed a gay character. This is a trope that I didn’t know existed until after I’d published. To make matters worse, the gay character’s role is to support the straight characters. As of book 2, he’s completely entwined in Derek’s story to the point that I can’t go back and unkill him. And his partner is an important secondary to another straight guy’s story, so I can’t go back and make him straight either. Now, one could argue, “Loni, you killed a dozen people in that book, and most even stayed dead!” But no matter what you say, I’ll still feel bad about it, and the fact that I’m not changing it.
The second crime wasn’t actually in book 1, but rather the Cera Chronicles. I’ve got a cannibalistic pygmy witchdoctor who wears a loin cloth, has filed teeth, speaks in a clicking language, and uses broken English. Yeah… Offensive stereotyping. I’m ashamed I had to have this pointed out to me. *hangs head* With some work, I could remove him from the Cera Chronicles, as someone once told me he’s the least necessary character, and I would agree. But he’s also in book 2 because of his connection to Derek, and unless I change the plot again, he’s going to stay. Right now, with how much work I’ve done just to get this version hammered out, I don’t think I want to redo it unless beta readers tells me it’s complete crap.
And on the topic of redoing… Tell me your thoughts on the latest version of my blurb.
She’s the ruler of the broken. He’s the breaker of the rules.
Derek stole the power of the deities to return MaTisha to life. Now, they want it back and they’ll render her a corpse to get it.
He scrambles for a solution to save his wife, but a fight with an immortal predator knocks him into the unknown. Stranded in a land of gods and magic, he must find a way home before he loses everyone he loves.
Meanwhile, MaTisha faces trouble of her own. Monsters are literally sucking the life out of her subjects, and her powers died with her in the war. But impotence isn’t resurrection’s only side effect. An insatiable thirst plagues her, and her closest companions are looking…tasty.
She’s determined to protect her people, but who will save them from her?
Any critiques on the blurb? How has your summer been? Have you committed any writerly sins?