This short research trip has been harder on me than I thought it would be. I thought I would have plenty of time to write and read and get things done, but it just didn’t happen that way. I was lucky if I got about four hours of sleep per night and I have definitely been reminded about the little things that make life bearable like indoor plumbing.
After recovering a bit from everything that’s happened in the past month, I had the opportunity to sit down face to face with someone who read the complete most recent draft of Accept Fire and Blood and brainstorm some of the more entertaining issues with it. I think there are a couple sections that I can add several chapters to in order to increase the horror factor of the book as a whole. The story has the potential to have some genuinely creepy moments, and I seem to skip over them completely. It was great to be able to sit down with someone and actually figure out how I could strengthen the emotional reactions between Ryn and the readers. Right now, I still don’t feel like readers can develop a strong enough emotional attachment to Ryn to care what happens to her. I think if I add in two more chapters, one in Asylum and one before Sunset, that should help create actual bonds between Ryn and the people she interacts with, thus making her a more human and realistic character.
Now that I’m a bit more well-rested, I’m excited about writing again. It’s amusing to me how much I do in fact want to write and how much my day job gets in the way of that. I’ve had over a dozen new ideas for stories pop up in the last month and I’m not entirely certain how many of them I can pursue. But they’re there and they’re hovering in my mind, just waiting for me to catch them with my bug-catching net.