I’ve been doing well, managing to push fan fictions behind me to focus on what I really should be working on, Way of the Blessed. I’ve produced twenty pages in the past two days, and it’s walking forward under its own power again. It’s bad news for those who are waiting for the endings of those three fan fics, even worse knowing that at least two of them are just a chapter or two away from being completed, but I’m always much more secure in what I’m doing if I’m working on my own original works.
And for this one, it means research. While I love to do it, I always feel like I’m just scratching the surface and somehow, somewhere, I’ve gotten something desperately wrong along the way. I think that’s one of the reasons why I am so insecure with “The Harder Right”, although I did as exhaustive a research as I could, given my limitations, I still feel that there is something in it that would be glaringly wrong to someone who has been there before, I just can’t see it.
Thankfully, Way of the Blessed’s research right now is strictly map based, (Thank you, Google Earth!) plotting the path between Nathalie’s main home in the Arkansas Ozarks and her destination…her parents’ home in northern Texas. That part of Texas, I am familiar with and don’t feel the same doubt about writing as I do when I put Nat and Gideon in places I’m only passingly familiar with or have never been before in my life. But it can’t really be helped, I just have to do the best I can and accept the fact that I will get something wrong along the way. Science fiction and fantasy are so much easier for me, and I miss always being right with them, but at this point, Way of the Blessed is still very close to here and now and it’s something I just have to deal with.
But, all of that angst aside, it’s good to talk to Nathalie again. It’s good to be writing my own stuff again (sorry, fan fiction fans!). And it’s good to be truly writing again. (Oh, and it is an absolutely beautiful, clear blue day here in the wilds of SW Wisconsin! I know we’re due for another winter storm later this week, but again, I’ll take what I have right now.)