There was so much going on yesterday, and only a small part of it was plotting out B For Bewitching, but I did start laying out Act Two with the first chapter of the first part found within. I also found myself going over my time line in Aeon and making a few tweaks here and there, because as I gave the story more consideration, the changes put in place made sense in the overall flow of the story.
Here is what I’ve worked up so far:
If you check the scene titles, it pretty much gives away something that was discussed a little at the end of the last novel, but you’ll keep that mum, right? Actually, by showing you what I’m creating and plotting, I’ve given away two important points that were discussed at the end of the last novel, but I’m certain you were over a mind that I wasn’t going to let that go nowhere.
An interesting thing came up yesterday as well. I was commenting that while putting this story together I was worried I might not have enough for Annie to do, and I was going over the story again and again to make certain this wasn’t going to be an All Kerry, All the Time story. I probably worried about that because Chapter One of the novel is told entirely from his point of view–actually, it has to be told that way–and you don’t start getting Annie Vision until they take their Anniversary Trip to the Brandenburg Gate. (Actually Annie comes in before that, but I won’t tell you where.)
Then I started looking over what I’ve set up, and realized that once I get out of the first three chapters–Part One–a lot of the story will end up being told from Annie’s point of view. One chapter to come will be told from Annie’s point of view all the way down the line, because it really is all about her–and you’ll see why you should Never Mess With Annie. And there are two, actually three–no, wait, four–extremely important scenes dealing with Kerry that are told from Annie’s point of view, because that’s the way it has to be.
I’ve noticed that when it comes to my kids, Kerry is my intellectual center, and Annie is my emotional one. That’s not to say that Kerry isn’t emotional–we know he is–or that Annie isn’t intelligent, but I’ve established that Kerry thinks things out while Annie feels them. You’ll see that change as Kerry begins leaning on those emotions more, and Annie shows she can be a pretty crafty girl, but it’s taking a bit of time to get there, so I’ll stick for a while with Kerry over-thinking things, and Annie feeling the hell out of everything.
It’s not so much that I find things for Annie to do: she’s part of the story, a big part, and really, without her Kerry is sort of empty character–and, no, a certain ginger girl from Colorado isn’t going to fill him up. Though their kids would have hair that would give the Weasley’s a run for their money . . .