I spent a lot of time going over the novel yesterday, between bouts of being hungry and feeling like I was going to loose my lunch. Couldn’t figure out if I was coming down with a cold again, or if it was something I ate, but for most of the afternoon I felt queasy and ended up sleeping in front of the TV for about an hour.
But in the process I put three chapters out of the way in Part Four, and . . . I’ll get to that in a bit.
Here is what I have:
There’s a lot there, but then again, there isn’t. This covers maybe four, possibly five, events in the story, it seems like there isn’t a lot going on there. Until I start thinking that with all those scenes, each probably being between fifteen hundred and two thousand words each, there’s twenty to twenty-five thousand words in those chapters. Which means if I’m worrying about the novel being short, I shouldn’t worry.
But there are private matters here. I talk about dancing and racing, fighting and injury, dreaming and looking for connections. What about school work? Bah. This isn’t about being in the class, though that will come up–I’ve got something after the start of the year for sorcery class, it’s just a matter of knowing when it’s going to happen. Which I’ll have in my time line sometime tonight.
Here it’s all about the relationship, and some of the things related to the school. School work is work, and I want to avoid getting bogged down in that here. It was a bit necessary in the first novel, because it helped to introduce the instructors, and give people an idea about how the classes work. But now that people have that information, there’s isn’t a need to go into it once again. You know the players, and you know how things are gonna go. It’s a matter of moving the relationship along.
Which brings me to another item: the holidays. And . . .
I managed to get into the next part and the next chapter, and it deals with the kids heading home for the holidays. And if you look at my synopses metadata, you can figure out that Annie and Kerry leave the school and head to Vienna together, then split up and head for their own homes. A big change of pace from last year, which means that Kerry won’t have to hang out all day in the Great Hall and be placed in a position where he’ll have to curse someone again. Last year Annie’s mother jaunted into Vienna to pick up her daughter–is Dad gonna be there this time as well?
It goes without saying that Chapter Fifteen will deal with the kids at home. It won’t be a long chapter, but you’ll see a dynamic between the kids and their moms. Yes, there will be a conversation between Kerry and his mom, and you’ll discover something interesting about her–and Annie will find out that her mom is working hard on something with her as well. Curiouser and curiouser, as the saying goes.