So…now that I’m well again, and have gotten the two government reports off my desk, and finished another commitment that held on until last night (committees…not my favorite work environment, but someone has to do it sometimes. Just not me for awhile now)…now the book is trotting briskly ahead and today threw some plot bombs at me. Lovely ones.
Naturally, any plot bomb creates a few problems. The latest (just now) was linguistic. Someone is speaking a very archaic dialect, and the person being spoken to, in the books’ present day, is having trouble understanding it. But you readers shouldn’t have to struggle with that. Conveying the difficulty without showing so much of the difficulty that you do struggle with it, and making it believeable that something you can understand fairly easily is difficult for this other person…that’s the problem. Not a huge one, and I know I can solve it.
But it delights me, because something I’ve vaguely wondered about for several books (the Verrakai’s shifting of identity into another body using blood magery) …the why and the how of it…is now clear to me, and also where they got the idea. It just happened (in the writing, that is, like less than five minutes ago) so I’m still at the bouncing up and down stage and murmuring quietly “That’s so NEAT!” because my husband, who has dental work early tomorrow, is already asleep. Heh. I hope all this survives the editing stage.
Even before I got the government reports done, I called in editorial help–not from my editor in NYC, who’s had to cope with the Hurricane Sandy stuff and many other things this winter, but from a friend who’s a professional copy editor but also good on structure. She just lost some clients and needs work; she’s an excellent sounding board; this will help both of us. And writing emails to her about what’s been done and where I think things are going is helping me restart the engines that shut down while I was sick.
So the plot-bombs. It was a good writing day, just over 2000 words. More tomorrow. If I get a break, I’ll hunt up a snippet from Limits of Power for you.