Okay. This sounds completely insane, considering everything else I have going on right now, but while I was showering this morning, I worked out a song, starting with the line, “Don’t ever look at me like I’m the answer to your prayer…”
Worked through most of the lyrics in the shower, realized it was from the point of view of the pivot character in The Longview, (a Cadence Drake spinoff) — the six-novelette series I’m going to write as a demo on putting together a complete series for How To Write A Series.
And weirder, as I was drying my hair, I figured out what that final story has to be, and why, and how it ties the whole thing together. When I realized I was standing there with tears rolling down my cheeks I knew I had it.
Wrote the song down, got a GREAT twist in the bridge…
AND I got the Sentence for the story, which already had the tentative title The Monster Trial:
The Longview owner sends away her captain because he loves her, and he kills a killer on a no-death world in order to be executed on her deathship.
Not what I’d planned for this morning, and not exactly my BWBO, but it sure counts.