You know, when most people tell you they had a 2.5 hour long meeting and during it, their brain exploded, it’s not a good thing. But of course, this is me, wonderful, perverse, very-odd me. So it is a good thing.
I really wasn’t expecting it to happen. No, I definitely did not walk into my very long quarterly meeting at work expecting anything other than boredom and my name showing up on a couple of powerpoint slides (I’d been forewarned about that, but it was for good things). I did take my steno pad and a pencil with me because, well, that’s what I do. Remember, this is the person who packed her writing things and forgot her house keys during the last fire alarm at work, so that shouldn’t shock you.
I was planning on paying attention to the meeting, honestly, but then I scribbled down a couple of notes for thoughts that came to me. Then I went to a new page and titled it Book 2 (yes, for Necromantic, for all of you following along with the home version) and a massive outpouring of ideas occurred. I tried not to scribble too furiously, lest it be noted too closely that I wasn’t paying full attention. I made sure to look up occasionally.
When that slowed down, I tentatively flipped to the next page and headed it Book 3. A few ideas poured out, accompanied by a bunch for Books 1 and 2. Then another flood, more Book 3 this time, and an ending! Yes! I know where this trilogy is going! I have a direction for the overall story, I know what the basics of the individual arcs are, and I have 3 steno sheets full of notes, back and front. I’m doing awesome!
I’m starting to wish we had quarterly meetings more often. Sick, I know.
I suppose I should have suspected that it was coming. At lunch, a couple of hours before the commencement of this meeting, I managed to get some more work done on the outline I’d started for Book 1 and I was feeling the stirrings within of a character ready to let me into his world completely. Maybe part of that is the short story I wrote, helping me actually tap into the world of Necromantic. I think part of it too is that it’s finally sinking in that I’m done writing the Mirrors of Bershan trilogy. That doesn’t mean work on it is done, but having drafts of them all completed is a substantial thing, a major milestone. I’m also almost done with the final read-through of Bound, and will be doing the first out-loud edit of Possession soon. I think that this is all coming together in a way that is allowing me to make the transition from one story world to another, and it’s both wonderful and a touch sad. I know I’ve said it before, but I’m going to miss Tavis. Devan will just have to try to keep up. I think he’s up to it. I already know that he’s never been one to shy away from a challenge if it was something worth doing.
So things are moving merrily along in my worlds, and I have this thought that I may be ready to start writing Book 1 of Necromantic when I return from my trip. We’ll see. I’ll keep you up to date, of course.
I love this picture, the colours and the springtime energy of it. Another from a couple of weeks back, when I had my last camera outing.