Unfortunately, I have not finished the chapter so I can't post it before I vanish off into the lands of no-internet. Fortunately, this away time will also give me plenty of time to finish so unless something catastrophic occurs, Good Intentions will be updated this weekend sometime.
Wish me luck, I have at least another two scenes to write and another to revise before sending it off for inspection. Hope everyone has a good week! Talk to you all when I get back home later this week. Happy Halloween!
I'm going to be short and brief cause my wrists are killing me but I've done the near impossible. Somehow I have managed to type out over 20 pages for GI 5 in about 4 days! *cheers* At this rate, I'll be ready to post for sure by the end of this month and this will definitely be the longest chapter yet (28 full pages and still going).
I will warn you now, there is a HUGE plot twist in this chapter that will explain a lot of things that might not have made sense. What you'll make of it...well, I can only guess. So keep your eyes out for the next chapter!
First the characters were being uncooperative and then I came to the realization that if I wrote the chapter as I had been planning I would hit a slight plot hole a few chapters down the road. To avoid the problems this would cause later, I decided to scrap most of what I had and write things a little differently. Unsurprisingly, this will cause a slight delay due to the fact that only a two or three scenes can be re-used and the rest will have to be completely original.
At the moment, there's a lot of events to juggle and more characters to introduce. I'm trying to be cautious and not overwhelm you all with new information and plot twists. This story definitely is changing in ways I had not foreseen and such abrupt changes cause me to be a little more cautious. There's nothing I hate more than running head first into a massive plot hole. Times like this make me wish I had a stable beta for GI, I desperately need someone to bounce ideas off of.
This delay aggravates the hell out of me, so I can only imagine how it will irritate the rest of you. I thought I'd warn you ahead of time instead of letting you all wonder if I dropped off the face of the planet. In addition to this, I'm away from home about 4 1/2 days out of the week with no internet which can really bog down my writing. The earliest you can probably expect the next chapter would be early November, maybe. I make no promise on this because my schedule is very unpredictable.
Surprisingly, for being such a freak about needing all my facts and details organized, outlines and I do not get along. Period. Oh, I can get it to work well enough if it's for an essay or a report of some sort but when it comes to outlining creative writing processes, it's an utter failure. Thus, I don't bother with outlines.
My writing process involves a lot of brooding, researching and more brooding. But this weekend I told myself that I would stop wasting time doing nothing of importance and write so I did. Or I tried to anyway. Apparently, there's been some sort of significant plot change occurring and I'm only now finding that out. Either GI!Muse has been keeping secrets or the characters mobilized a mini-revolution in my brooding absence. Of course, it could be both of those scenarios, I wouldn't but it past the crazy imaginary people that inhabit my mind.
I wish though, that they could tell me these things sooner. I mean I wasted so much time on scenes that don't fit the chapter now. *sigh* And I still have so much I need to write that was actually supposed to be in this chapter (opposed to a lot of stuff that I wrote that didn't need to be put in here yet). In particular, I really, really want to write a scene that features more of Anastas' Parseltongue speaking Not-Friend. Though I'm not feeling evil or cruel enough to characterize him so that scene might have to wait until next chapter.
Where have all my grand plans gone? Oh yeah that's right...the muses and characters changed them all. Grr.
First of all, I am fine! As far as I am aware, no one in my immediate family or extended family was present during the bridge collapse last evening in Minneapolis. I would like to extend my sympathy to anyone who has lost a loved one, or is still waiting for news. Things are a little chaotic but the important thing is not to lose faith during such trying times.
I am making very good progress with GI 5 (13 complete pages) but with current events as they are, I am very uncertain how much progress I'll make in the coming days and weeks. My parents do a lot of work in Minneapolis and I have a brother who works for the Department of Transportation so I expect, there may be some disruption in my schedule. Rest assured, I will do my best to get the next chapter out promptly.
Stay safe and have a good rest of the week!