Well, I’ve officially passed the two-week mark on posting a new chapter. I’M SORRY!!! )‘: Chapter 14 has turned out longer than I expected, and I haven’t been sure how to end it. I thought I knew where to end. But then I realized I was already over 9k words in, and I wouldn’t be ending for at least another couple thousand. Ack. So either I have to divide into party days what I already have written, and just have a short chapter 14 and a longer chapter 15, or I have to break in the middle of party day #4.
Just so you know, it’s going to be well worth the 2.5-week wait—and I don’t just mean because of word count. You’re going to get all that limey action you’ve been waiting for, twice over. And you’re finally going to see what happens when Bre gets her hands on Rome. I’m not skimping on the details of the second encounter; I’m putting you straight in Rome’s head for the whole thing. I would say “Minors beware,” and all that jazz, but when I was a minor I certainly didn’t run. I poked it with a stick. Curiosity: It kills us all. Let’s see when Bre realizes that, shall we? 😉
I will, however, give you a “borderline-consensual” warning for this chapter. Rome is beyond interested, but he is rather trapped. He kind of has to be, in order to “agree” to this kind of thing for the first time.
Now I feel like I’m talking in riddles.
Suffice to say, I have already contrived an ending for chapter 14. If I can write it down within only a page or two, I might be able to post the chapter late tonight. If not, it may have to wait an extra couple days.
The “Balancing the Paranormal and the Romance” workshop that I was taking for the past month through FF&P has now ended along with the month of March. Through this workshop, it has been brought to my attention just how many holes there are in my storyline. It’s fine, as far as real-life progressions go. But if I want Fantasy to have an irrefutable place in my story, and if I want Labriella’s escape from the temple and Rome’s continued association with nobility to be considered plausible, then there are some major Fantasy aspects I have to write into the plot. And if I do that, my story will undoubtedly turn “Fantasy with romance.” I thought that by choosing not to write such things, my story would default to “Romance in a fantasy setting.” But it would seem that instead I’ve just created indelible plot holes.
You have my assurance that, in my next revision, the romance will remain integral. But I will also be adding in more Fantasy elements from the get-go—possibly in the form of an object of magical power, which would be the errand Bre was running when she got locked out of the temple. It sounds cliché to my ears…unless that object is kind of like Tolkien’s “One Ring”: possessed secretly, but coveted by many, until suddenly it’s very important because the wrong person has it.
One advantage to tying in such an object, is it could serve as a link to Rome’s parents’ murder—a very important stone yet unturned.
Then again, so could another object I have in mind—an object possessed by Rome’s mother, which could tie in the temple’s goddess.
We’ll see where all this goes. 🙂
As of now, I have no plans to enroll in another workshop. So from here on out, my energy should be funneled toward writing the remainder of Lord Alonza’s party. Expect more limes.