Scenes Done

I got my 20 scenes for Malach, they came pretty easily.  I then laid out all my notecards on the kitchen counter and started moving them around to establish an order. The kitchen counter was the only place, other than the floor, that was long enough for them all to be laid out in a line. Putting them in order was more difficult than I imagined it would be. I ended up getting rid of a couple of Lucy’s scenes, then adding two new ones in, and then I added one for Kaleb. I wrote extra cards for each character and tossed the ones that I felt were the weakest and/or didn’t move the story forward. My final count was 36 scenes, 19 for Malach, 10 for Lucy, and 7 for Kaleb. But as I write this I’m thinking that one of Malach’s scenes isn’t true to his character and will have to be reworked.

The whole process has been unnatural for me. I’ve had that sinking feeling throughout that I’m doing it wrong. I know my scene descriptions are weak and I’m afraid that I wasn’t thinking story while I came up with scenes, I was thinking of how many scenes I needed. I just have to remind myself that nothing in front of me is set in stone, it’s all malleable clay for me to work. But where I thought having the scene order would be cathartic and leave me feeling good. I ended up feeling more  …insecure…  with my results.

I’m not sure where to go with what I’ve got, it’s not that what I have is bad, it’s just that I’m not sure that the story that I’ve outlined is the story that I initially set out to write. I’m thinking that I’ll flesh out what I’ve got and see what happens with that, perhaps I’m not seeing the forest because I’m too busy looking at the trees.

Changing tracks here, I still can’t find a WordPress theme that I love, but there sure are a lot of them that I don’t much care for. And I hate that some of the widgets and plugins break the theme or just don’t work. Seems like the WordPress site could have a better system of searching for these things. Like for example, let me search by the version of WP I’m using…. ah well, you come here for my delightful ramblings, you don’t care about the rest of that stuff.

I just finished listening to His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1) by Naomi Novik. I’d heard good things about it on the interwebs, but really didn’t think it sounded like anything I’d be interested in reading. It’s an alternate history novel  set during the Napoleonic Wars where there’s a draconic air force, which sounds both interesting and corny to me. But when I saw it at the library I figured, what the hell.  I liked it quite a bit. I thought the author did a good job of making the dragons seem like reasonable and realistic additions to the period. I liked the main characters; a dragon rider, of course, but one that is new to the air force and his newly hatched black dragon. It was very well written and the narration was well done as well. I’d recommend it to anyone that likes fantasy novels. Up next is Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead.