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Laying Down the Future

Tuesday night was another night for laying out chapters in C For Continuing, but it was time to get down into the detail and look at what needed writing.  That meant opening up Chapter Twenty and setting up each scene that occurs–

But while I was at it I decide Chapter Twenty-One needed opening as well.  So I jumped in there, too.

When writing gives you two for one.

 

Chapter Twenty has four scenes.  The first, Seeing On the Ball, is the setup and happens in class.  Will anyone other than Annie and Kerry have visions?  Maybe.  Visions on Duty is the whole vision that the kids have.  Rather than embed it inside another scene, it gets one of its own.  Public in Private concerns Deanna discussing what happened from her point of view as well as learning as much about the vision from Annie and Kerry as possible.  The last scene, Wonders and Discoveries, is all Annie and Kerry discussing the vision as they return to the Great Hall because… well, just because, yeah?

I expect the first scene to be the longest, but none of these scenes should go longer than fifteen hundred words–maybe two thousand for the first one.  Even so, it’s setting up the chapter to be about five thousand words–which isn’t a bad average if you think about it.

Now, Chapter Twenty-One is a little different.  Personal Projections will take us into something that hasn’t been touched on up to this point–and that’s one of the kids attempting to perform an astral projection.  Preparing to Project is the setup and Walking On a Thread is the actual projection, which means–surprise!–one of both kids manage the spell.

Bu there’s Something in the Winds… remember how Deanna said there are things in the Astral Realm that people need to avoid?  Guess what?  We may get to see one of those things.  No matter what, Return to Base gets us back to the end of the session and whatever danger there was is likely gone and/or bested.  And we get to hear how the projection went, right?  I’m sure that will happen.

Since it’s likely I won’t head to practice tonight–the cold is trying to return and my back is still sore–I’ll likely map out Chapters Twenty-Two and Twenty-Three.  After I get some food in me and maybe take a nap.

Gotta be rested if I’m gonna think about the future in the past, right?

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