A nice little cliffhanger

Since ecto ate my post TWICE now, I’m going to keep this short.

Got a spiffy cliffhanger for TalysMana tonight, wrapped the scene, posted it, and some folks may even receive it yet tonight. Most of you who are up to date will get the latest installment on Friday. For everyone else, it’ll be along in due time.

Will Grey (now playing the part previously played by Bill Hawthorne) is paying off for me. He came through for me tonight, he’s showing me more of who he is, and I like him.

And Kettan made me laugh.

I got some subtle tension into the scene, too. That’s where I’ll be picking up when I start in tomorrow night…with the little thing that went wrong.

If you’re playing WABWM, I hope your story is coming along for you.

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12 comments… add one
  • BeccaBooG Feb 4, 2010 @ 11:51

    Wow. That was a hell of a chapter. Wonderful! I loved the interaction between Kettan and Will. It was so intense and well described.

  • Gabby Feb 3, 2010 @ 22:46

    About 500 more words beefing up previous scene. I think it’s good now for 1st draft… although not sure that anything ANYONE did was believable… LOL I’ll have to sleep on it. Maybe I’ll wake up with the solution (that would be kind of convenient).

  • Danielle Feb 3, 2010 @ 20:48

    I’ve pretty much abandoned word counts, since I do all my first drafts with old-fashioned pen and paper and I really, REALLY don’t want to tally it up by had (math is not my strong suit)… however, I’ve started putting dates on what I write, and I’ve gotten a good 2 pages in today, front and back. Since that’s what I’ve written in between class notes, “Wuthering Heights,” and a satire paper… I’m pleased.

    Moreover, what I crammed into those two pages was the introduction of a secondary narrator, one who’s hunting down my primary narrator and her cohorts Sherlock Holmes-style. It is proving quite interesting. And I’m not sure exactly where it’s going– yet.

    I love it when the muse cooperates (knock on wood.)

  • Elmi Feb 3, 2010 @ 16:31

    Wrote 337 words tonight, although I think I might write some more after dinner. It was extremely frustrating, because I do not like the scene at all, but I’m forcing myself to just get words on the page – easier to change what is there than what isn’t, right?
    It’s the first really big conflict that our hero needs to overcome, but the emotional foundation and reasons for it feel all wrong (it’s a fight between my MC and the one person she has to impress but… doesn’t.) I’m thinking that maybe I don’t understand him well enough. Or maybe I’m forcing the story/conflict in a direction that is unnatural simply because I need that big bang right about now… *Sigh* I wish I have already taken HtTS, it feels like I’m walking in the dark.

  • Jessica Feb 3, 2010 @ 9:08

    300 o nWIP. Trying to convince the 4yo to leave his house in the middle of the night, but it’s cold, he’s thirsty, and he’s afraid of the dark.

    It’s been slow going since I still can’t nail down the ending in my head. I’ve also been sick for over a week now which has stalled a lot of things. But good news is my husband starts training for a job in March! πŸ˜€

    • Gabby Feb 3, 2010 @ 10:02

      Congratulations to both of you! That must take a weight off your shoulders.

  • Larkk Feb 3, 2010 @ 8:48

    505 words.
    Who is my antagonist? What does he want? How did he get to be where he is now? What does he look like? And what is his name?
    Got started on that, after writing scene cards all weekend for the revision. Those went well πŸ™‚

    I liked Bill/Will Grey from his very first scene and I’m glad he’s going to be playing a bigger role!

    • Gabby Feb 3, 2010 @ 10:01

      Larrk, I’m doing that too the past couple of days. Minor bad guy showed up in my scene but I realized I didn’t know what he was doing and why. Figured I’d better figure it out before I go any further. πŸ™‚

  • Ieva Feb 3, 2010 @ 4:18

    My muse is coming up — slowly, but gently — with new stuff to do. Yesterday, it was nothing (death in husband’s family got things sorta stalled), but today, my Muse and I are filling the blanks with 300+ words. It’s like the the setting is emerging from pure white (very appropriate for the deep deep snow we’re having here).

    Event-wise, my protagonist, Bee, is slowly remembering the one whom she met in the forests, and fighting not to remember. After all, she’s married and supposedly happier, and supposedly wiser now.

  • Greg Feb 3, 2010 @ 4:07

    KavI: 678
    D&DII: 801
    RFW: 1264
    And 2k of OFL revision, and some structural work on KavI revision, starting to ask questions about the first dozen scenes or so, ready for working out what needs to happen on revision. KavI should be finished by the end of next week…

  • The Pencil Neck Feb 3, 2010 @ 3:16

    951 words.

    So The Princess talks to a table dancer in a club full of Imperial soldiers and the table dancer recognizes that she’s the Princess and refuses to talk to her there. The Princess tries to stop her from leaving. But one of the soliders recognizes her… but not as the Princess… as the Disguise that she used while she was first escaping from the coup. And she gets arrested.

    While in jail, The Princess gets called into an interrogation room and a woman tells her that they know who she really is and the President has an offer for her. Her freedom for her Mother, who is leading a powerful branch of the insurgency. The Princess tells them that if she were her mother or father, she would agree and then betray them. But she’s not them. She’s just going to decline. And they haul her off to take her back to the capital.

    The past two days have been absolutely frustrating. Just a bunch of little things going wrong. (For example, AT&T was supposed to fix one of my phone lines and they’ve ended up messing up BOTH of my phone lines and they can’t fix it until next Tuesday and both my wife and I work from home. Luckily, she’s on the road until Friday. There’s been 8-9 things like that the past two days.)

  • Deb1789 Feb 3, 2010 @ 1:55

    308 words, forced, after nothing yesterday.
    I think my Muse is mad at me. πŸ™

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