Was there writing? Yeah, a little. Before I did that I had a long, relaxing lunch with a few glasses of wine:
Then came home and watched some TV and took a nap. Then I got up and started getting my images for tomorrow’s Sense8 recap, and it was only after all that was out of the way that I started writing.
The thing is, I didn’t get much written: about three hundred and ten words and not much more. After I started writing I began having this running conversation with myself about whether or not I was saying things right. So I spent time walking about the apartment trying out lines, trying out feelings, trying to figure out if what I wanted to write was what I wanted to write.
I do this a lot: I will “act out” what I want to write, taking on the parts of the characters who are going down in that part of the story and figure out if it feels good and sounds like it’s legitimate. I’ve been doing this for years: when I used to live in Indiana and I spent the weekends driving to and from Indianapolis, I’d use the time in the car to work out scenes by “being” my characters. And one of those scenes I worked out? The meeting of the Brain Trust when they were first going over the footage of Kerry’s gender switching lab work before they figured out there was more at work than just simply transformation magic.
I work on that back in the late summer of 2012, which should give you an idea about how much time I sometimes spend on these things.
But the second scene began, and it started out with five simple words:
“Mom, Dad . . . I’m a witch.”
If you read the metadata synopsis next to the scene title, probably figured out that this is the scene that picks up right after the uttering of those same words at the end of B For Bewitching. That, of course, makes this scene a flashback, the first one in the series, and it means we’re back with The Malibeys and their child who’s never done anything special in their life. Oh, Mom and Dad Malibey, are you about to eat those freakin’ words.
It was during the moments when I was working out things that I realized I’d forgotten a scene for Chapter One–I told you this would happen, didn’t I? If Scene Two is a flashback, and Scene one is obviously the setup, then where’s the payoff? Still in my head, right? Duh. If so, I needed to get it out, and with that–
Now after the little drama plays out in the Second Home By the Sea–hey, that would make a great song title, wouldn’t it?–we get to snap back to Pamporovo to find out if there is follow up to the flashback. And it’s likely as I go along through the story I’ll need to do this here and there, because I’m only human: I can’t get all my plotting right the first time around.
What really matters is that I get it right in the end.