Finally, the phone company and my computer cooperate to let me get back online for a decent amount of time, but my favorite chat turned quiet and deserted. It's not one of the busy nights this time of night (though some nights it is). I had most of Wednesday offline but though the main cable outside still has a truck parked over it and lights indicating the phone company folks are working after dark, sometimes it comes clear for reasonable stretches of time. My computer's going on the fritz though.
So what does this situation of absolute panic do to me? Eeeeg... about 19,600 words worth of a new novel while I ruminate and slowly pick over and over the new front end of Rites of Chavateykar, another tiny bit of which came into focus today during First Day Covers. I did eleven sketches of Madison and they came out well, by the way. And during it I realized that if the bridegroom gets his head cut off by demon worshipers before you're a thousand words into the book and the temple needs to be consecrated with the new priestess's virgin blood decorously obtained by said bridegroom getting to go into the temple with blue face paint and symbolize the god... being happy being basically all the god wants out of him, like, enjoy the honeymoon... then the two children playing in the heartbreaking 600 word first scene are not brother and sister. She's the priestess's sister all right. He's just her friend, best friend through age group and he's practically a little Linus, the brief head dip into him was awed reverence at his friend's new Acolyte status inherited from shortly to be doomed sister. It ties in tightly with the middle, because those kids will survive. So that they need to be rescued and after that rescue wind up moving to the village that got saved, which will become biracial - and those two will be the survivors who grow up to maintain the human traditions of Chavateykar. The implication's clear. Er, not till after puberty at least, even in a medieval context. They're not nobles, they've got a few years to wait. But that fit and made the premise tighter and sharpened the focus on the main conflict. Chavateykar as character will have a greater role in the book protecting the children including that pious little boy. Unfortunately he's a bit tied up fighting a demon and would much rather be comforting a little boy.
New book, yet untitled: Misfit mages prepare for a time mission to save their commander's wife and they are all in way over their heads on cosmic stuff.
Not the greatest hook line yet, but then I haven't gone far enough into it to know which cosmic stuff they're going to trip on along the way to saving the commander's wife and he is rather sympathetic. I don't even know if it'll have the comedic irony that they go to those lengths to rescue an extremely annoying person they're stuck with for comic relief just because she's that loved. I don't know if they'll succeed. I just know that's what he wants and I can see the lengths he's gone through to get the means already and that he does have ethics, he's got a lot of character. Means is an MC who has a time travel talent - but does not have the backup of a vast alien Empire's time service behind him, these are the amateurs and they are doing it for love and if they get nothing else out of it, they get each other or at least the ones who survive the book do.
It's been fun to write and I did something sensible with it - since the computer now goes black at random intervals and sometimes does this repeatedly after rebooting, I printed out what I got done with it and will keep running hard copy in case it crashes completely and I have to make a lot of phone calls and barter arrangements for parts and get it working again. That means if I'm locked in my skull in my room I've still got this escape book - and got the rewrite - and got the means to be patient and think of solutions instead of pure panic over it. I did ten chapters of Blood Junkie longhand in a hospital, it's better to do that in my own apartment in all those spiral bound notebooks with the good pen if it comes to that. Which I hope it won't, gods do I hope it doesn't come to that.
I need to research my Polynesian Mythology presentation tomorrow, it's time and I'm really looking forward to reading all the material. And then writing up a little essaylet that I can copy paste into the screen, this one's going to be fun to do. This is the type of thing that gave rise to a couple of very common words and concepts almost all fantasy writers and game designers use: Tabu and Mana.
Liquid magic and living gods...
Robert and Ari >^..^<