Aside from my activity girl stuff I have also been writing. Most of you know that I am on vacation and have been for several days. It's hard to have schedule while on vacation, hence my irregular blog entries. But while I am out I am writing up a storm. I have still not exactly found where I'm going to put my chapter but I think that the proper place will present itself soon.
I have been writing about my young twins and their relationship with their mother and a few of the Council. I've also been expanding Lena's role, or rather lack of a role in their development. The signs have told Lena that for her children to be in the place mentally, emotionally and physically to do what they are meant to do they must grow up without the nurture of their mother and worse... Lena must be seen as if she abandoned them to an insane quest of her own. If you are a mother you will understand just how difficult this is for her. But for the good of all life on earth she must sacrifice... yet again.
The twins oddly enough seem to understand the pain that their mother must endure and yet how much will they remember as they grow? Children are very accepting when they are young. But as they grow they tend to remember things in a very skewed way. The point with these two is that they must believe that they can rely on no-one but each other. As much as others try to fill the void of their parents none will fully fit into the gap. But at the same time they will never stop loving their mother, they simply have trouble understanding why she had done what she has done.
It was simple to remove them from Michael's influence. He was never there anyway. But to remove the mother after having raised them for several years was difficult, even on paper. Lena knew what had to be done, but for her to actually do it was very difficult to write.
In other parts of the story I have just dropped a bomb on Ja'nar and K'ili that they must find a way to tell to the Council or at least parts of the Council. One of the proverbial cats is out of the bag and although there is no way to put it back in there might be a way to contain it. If they cant then they might be looking at an avalanche ripping through their city. The bomb involves Lena and Michael and the twins and a member of the Council. Of course I'm not going to tell you here what the bomb is... heheee that would be a spoiler.
I am also slowly pulling Rosaleen out of the shadows and back into society. Her ordeal at the hands of Michael was epic and it will take her time to heal in more ways than one. As I said in other posts I am making her more reserved and more of a wise woman although you must understand that all of my characters are under 30 years of age with very few exceptions. The life expectancy of a Witch in my story is about 25. The war takes most of them very young. Part of the reason that the Witches rebelled in the first place was to try and stop this wanton destruction of their kind. Still the world as they know it shapes them into adults very quickly even with their youthful hormones still very much intact. So for Rosaleen to become a wise woman at the tender age of twenty something is difficult but if one considers the horrors that she has already endured it becomes easier to imagine.
At any rate the story is progressing, I have actually doubled the number of words in it already which in and of itself is no great accomplishment. The proof of what I am doing will most certainly be in the finished product. I ask myself as I am writing, am I still on track with the story? Is this just confusing the issue? Does this chapter fit with the rest of the story or have I just mucked it up? It's hard to put in several different stories into one and still keep the original story moving forward, especially since the book was already written. I admit when I started it looked daunting, but now that I'm into it this far I know that it is so much more than daunting, it's nearly impossible without rewriting the entire thing. In some cases I have deleted huge sections and done just that... rewritten.
So... back to the book. Please remember the March Against Child Abuse it is probably the most important "activity" to me right now and I would love to see a huge turnout nationwide. I will be at the one in Carson City and I will have some of my books in the car if anyone wants to corner me after the march and purchase a few. Remember that one third of all proceeds of Veteran of the Silent War and Demon Cleanser go to the ELI Group here in Reno. I will have both on hand.
In the mean time... be good to each other.