Well, we’re barely started with Round 2 but things are off to a nice start. I’ve already logged 1601 words since Monday–a bit over my daily goal of 700. This made me particularly happy, given I took about 2 hours to go pick up my newly reupholstered living room chairs and ottomans yesterday and had only about an hour of my writing block. I’ve done a good chunk of plotting of Act 2 for one of the potential next projects, so that’s also pretty exciting. It’s looking more and more like that will be the one I tackle after Riven.
I’ve had two relatively successful days of meditation. Only 5 minutes, but I didn’t fall asleep during them, and I only looked at the timer once. That’s improvement.
Almost all of the Easter goodies are out of the house. The fudge pie is gone. I brought the last of the cookies up to the office on Monday. And I brought the last of the chocolate covered strawberries this morning. We’re down to the Cadbury eggs, and I’m just not giving those away. But they’ll be gone by the end of this week and then we can really get with the program.
Therein is most of the good news.
And I’m not actually about to go off on a tangent of bad news. But after yesterday morning’s super positive post about nearing the end of Riven, last night I totally hit the…well, not full on panic mode, but more the Valley of Doubt. What if my heroine’s transition doesn’t make sense? She’s very different from the beginning by the time she gets to the end, and I’m not sure I’ve fully supported the shift. What if I totally missed the boat on the whole book and it doesn’t hang together like I thought? Basically a big old ball of EEEEEEP! Which is both normal upon hitting the final stretch and also a reaction to what happened with DOTH. This’ll be the first thing I finished since that train wreck, and my confidence is not at its usual level of self-floatating (totally a word–or should be) arrogance.
But I did figure out what isn’t working for me, what I KNOW isn’t going to fly. My ending should be fine. It’s the only possible solution, so I’ll keep pushing forward to get there. What’s not working is the stretch between the end of the Black Moment and the SPP. I’ve got my hero doing something that he…totally wouldn’t do. Because I needed him to do it. It’s out of character and totally unjustified as I have it now (as evidenced by the fact that the scene in question is a total mess with big chunks missing). My gut knew it, and I chose to ignore it because I NEEEEEDED him to do it to show what I need to show. But no. So that’s on my list of things to ponder–what other ways can I reveal that detail that still plays.
In the realm of random, scientists have discovered the gate to hell. It’s pretty cool. Totally a story there. No. No. BACK PLOT BUNNY…