I was going to write a chapter that involved Rosaleen but instead I found myself writing a couple of chapters that began to follow the Council of the Kingdoms and its fifteen members. It's funny how a story will write itself if you let it... Isaac Asimov often said that he had trouble keeping up with a story when it was writing itself. While writing these chapters I found myself wanting for names and personalities, but only for a minute. I had been trolling face book and had happened to see a person pop up on my home page that I no longer associate with. We had a bit of a falling out and yet we both failed to unfriend each other. Not to worry though she gave me a great idea. I changed her name and made her one of the fifteen. Then I went about and added several more characters from my own life into the mix.
Now you might be saying "But of course, dont you do that often?" The answer would be "No" I do not usually use people from my life in my books. The one glaring exception to that statement is Dan Baldridge in Honor Bound, my first Xena book. He is as real and excentric as the one by the same name in my story. He wanted me to write him exactly as he is and yes he proofread every line attributed to him and had only one complaint, I had toned him down a bit. But the antics that he pulls in the story are taken from real life antics, all I did was tailor them to the story.
That pulls me back around to my chapters about the Kingdoms Council. Writing about a meeting of the members became very simple once I added the personalities that I already knew and did not need to manufacture. It did however make it difficult to keep it from derailing the direction that the meeting needed to go. But to be fair I knew that would be the case as this group of people excelled at drailing meetings and spreading general disorder. There were a couple of course that could keep on track if they werent distracted when they came in. That would need to be dealt with before they could be redirected. But that is normal. The thing that I definately did not want to do was to misrepresent any of these people. That would be dishonest.
At the end of these chapters I returned to Lena and I wrote the chapter where she gave birth to her little darlings. This is when I brought Rosaleen back into the story and slipped in her newly crafted personality. She is now focussed and refined and very dangerous. She is already seen by most as being something of a legend, for having survived, but also as something not quite real... for the same reason. I am letting her get the pariah syndrome that was applied to the survivors of the Nazi Concentration Camps. People didnt know how to talk to them, they were shunned and reveared at the same time, for the most part they still are. Even the memory of their existance is painful for some, maybe that's why some people are trying to pretend it never happened. Hmmm, that's an interesting twist that I can use for Rosaleen and Michael. Sometimes something happens that is so horrific that the human mind simply cannot process it. That's what happened with the Nazi's and their camps. Maybe I should have something similar happen regarding Rosaleen.
I'm still deciding what to do with Rosaleen's unborn children. Right now, they're on ice. But I think at some point I'm going to have to grow them into children. But when and what to do with them when I do have them. That's going to be interesting I think.
Anyway... Be good to each other.