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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Sundays are the day I normally post a new proto-chapter for comments and criticism.
Thursdays I usually post my reflections on the previous post.
Irregularly I post some art or extraneous thoughts about the development of the Ecumene World.
I am going to break my posting schedule. Apologies. I haven't written much this week - I was out of town for most of it in a hotel you have to pay for internet in your room. I could charge that to the government, but it seemed like a waste. So, no laptop and no internet through much of the week - which meant some sketching and event diagramming on paper -- but no writing.
That said, I need to talk about Part Seven before I go on. So, bottom like up front -- I will post another chapter later this week.
Now, truth be told, there is another half to that chapter in my noted -- about 1k extra words that go into the ritual that kills Karsh. It was a great section, with lots of background intertwined with the ritual itself. It needs some editing (probably more than usual) - but its there.
This blog will likely never see those words posted.
Why? Because in an effort to keep away from a wall of text I found a convenient part of Part 7 and cut it off there. I figured I would post the second half of Part 7 this week.
The problem? Now that I look at it, I think Part 7 works a lot better without the details the second part would have included. The moment where Jarious puts the kill-dagger into Arrious' hands? Yeah, that works as a great ending. It tells the reader almost everything they need to know. Its a powerful moment for everyone involved, and if the chapter continued I think it takes away from the gravity of that moment.
So, no. No second part.
The tricky thing for me is the world-building I wove into that part. I don't want to discard it outright (its some hints about the Gods -- finally). So, I am starting to (re)work the important sections from the part of the chapter I didn't post into other chapters. I am also thinking about trying to do a flashback later -- thats a pretty advanced technique and difficult to pull off correctly -- which is exactly why I am doing this.
So, stay tuned.
And again, for those of you sending me feedback -- thanks so much.