What is going on this morning? Not a lot, to be honest. I’m off to get my nails done in a couple of hours, so I’ve sort of piddled around trying to motivate myself to write. However, I didn’t sleep for crap last night despite being tired as hell, so my mind is a muddled mess. So much so that I knew anything I tried to put down in the system would come out full of suck, so I haven’t bothered.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy . . .
For a few weeks now I’ve meant to make some changes to the time line that is the story of my kids at school, though change really isn’t the right word: additions is more like it. That’s the way my mind works, with lots going ’round and ’round all the time and things always popping in and out. What’s been bugging me, however, is that I haven’t done anything about these pop ups for a while, mostly due to just feeling too damn exhausted to get in there and put things into my little Book of History.
And while I’m doing this I should mention that I’ve been rocking out to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with cannons at the end. Only in Russia would a composer think, “Now, I need an instrument to make the climax memorably; what should I use? I know: cannons.” Yes, Comrades, in old Russia, orchestra blast you!
Since I’m down to my last three chapters of this novel I’ve begun getting things in shape for the stories to follow, while I mostly concentrate on three events that happen outside of school, though I fourth started taking hold in my mind this morning. Two of those event involve both of my kids, and two of them involve Annie alone. My little Bulgarian Pop Princess all by her lonesome? Why not? She’s a big girl, she can handle herself. And don’t worry: it’s not as if Kerry doesn’t get enough screen time on his own. But sometimes a girl needs a little Me Time just to chill and be herself.
Now, I’m about to lay out something I’ve only parts of here and there, but this is the real deal now: here is the time line I’ve used for B For Bewitching. At least this is how I take my cues when I’m putting the story together. First, we have the sections for Annie alone and Kerry alone.
What is up there is pretty much all the key points from the start of the novel to the end. You can see there are a few details off to the right that, I will tell you now, aren’t going to be in this novel, but in the next–that’s one of the reasons a couple of points have been scrubbed, because I don’t want you to know what they are. I will go ahead and spoil this now: the event in the upper right hand corner in “Annie’s Story”, the 02 June Meeting, that starts off the next novel, C For Continuing. The first novel started and ended with Annie, and this current novel started with Kerry and will end with him. That means the next novel starts and ends with Annie. Simple, huh?
Below this is another layout, seen here:
This not only shows events they enjoy together, but the very bottom lays out some of the school’s event–like, the entirety of racing season. You’ll notice that a few more events are scrubbed here, because that’s necessary, trust me. Below this I even have a mark showing the time covers by each novel, and at the very top I show when certain holidays occur during the year, so if there’s a question about when something is happening, I can look there.
This is a little of what I keep hidden behind the scenes, and like I said at the beginning, I’m adding to this. Adding mean thinking through the story, and that also means research prior to plotting. Really, you wouldn’t believe what I’ve already discovered in the last couple of weeks playing around with these various ideas . . .
And just think: you only have a few years to wait before you see them come to fruition.