This old lady is in desperate need of some inspirational help. I am painted into a corner and cannot quite figure out how to jump to safety:( My fault , definitely my fault, made the cardinal mistake of taking my eye off the ball. I will shamelessly use being so ill last year as an excuse for not keeping the characters in check but really – am I master or slave in this writing business?
Now I don’t think any of have read my Sefuty chronicles so will give quick resume so that you’ll appreciate my problem
Ellen’s Tale ,set in 2161, is historical research on Ellen who lived and loved 50 years previously. The book is made up of archival material. Her love affair with Bix (Feral) is recognised as being the turning point in saving the country’s population from extinction.
The Storyteller’s Tale is about a new companion to Ellen, Bix their friend Jack and Ellen’s three children – Ria – condemned to death by the village she lives in – rescued by Jack. He attempts to salvage what he can of her trashed life. She to is recognised by the archivists as being instrumental in the country’s revival. There is a new archivist recording this part of the Chronicles as the first has gone missing on a field trip.
Jack’s Tale again being collated by the new archivist (friend of the missing one) narrates from letters and diaries the escalating dire events which leaves Jack missing. At the end of that book KENNETT son of Ellen and Bix and LORNA adopted daughter of Ria and Jack meet the archivist (herself out on a field trip) the children, who are now in their 50s and a little put out their lives are being examined and maybe not properly understood, make a deal with archivist – knowledge of former archivists disappearance in exchange for permission to examine the old archival materials themselves.
Okay you get the picture? It is a Future History (my genre found at last:) not just because it is set in future but because the chronicles are historical, based on archival material.
The reason for the population peril is ‘The Great Climate Wars’ of 2060-2070; fifty years before Ellen’s Tale begins. Throughout the three novels their have been hints and references to these wars, there have also been a couple of puzzles set up. I have also received queries from readers as to how/why/what of certain incidents. So
The Ancestor’s Tale is being written to explain a little – not in total that never happens in the archives. Kennett and Lorna are in the archives examining old documents and beginning to understand more about the parents. So far so good. Just for a slight change I was going to have a tiny (repeat tiny) thread running through of non archival material in Kennett and Lorna’s thoughts of the intervening years to tie their lives into those of their ancestor’s.
While I was ill last year and lying on my bed for hours Kennett and Lorna began to weave wonderful life stories to me:( they took over:( they demanded their fair share. So I began to trim the ancestors to allow the two to breath. Mistake. Give a character an inch they take a thousand miles!
This last week as I have had visitors and my back has stopped any lengthy sit at keyboard I began to look at what I have written/dictated/edited over 18 months and have discovered a major problem.
I have written 2 books. Ancestor’s will be coming in at nearly 200,000 words if I continue- there are already 140,000 without the bits still demanding to be written. I cannot work out what to do:( :(
I don’t want a book that length, it will not fit with the others.
The Ancestor’s, I don’t think will stand entirely on their own without reference to the original characters.
Kennett and Lorna’s life, un-archived, would be a total departure from the format of the previous books.
The only way I can think of getting the children’s lives archived is to have the field trip archivist interview them but that would take away my shock ending as she would have to appear at the beginning, not the end, of the book.(finding shock endings is not that easy!:)
If I leave Ancestor’s for another time I would need to find some other link back to the character’s, also not easy.
I could abandon Ancestor’s – hard as I have been involved in it for so long and it does need to be somewhere in the Chronicles to explain the history- I was going to write a collection of short stories at the end of the Chronicles, after the 5th book, next year, stories about some of the minor characters who have influenced events – so I suppose I could completely re-write Ancestor’s, prune a lot, and write them as part of the short story collection. ( I had my format ready for those so would have to change my thinking there quite radically. Then I would be left to find a reason for Kennett and Lorna’s story – they were in the last book so they have to be in this one.
I have been concentrating on the Ancestor’s, that part is ready for the oft to friend from forever/editor (who probably won’t be able to as her partner is very ill)
If I am going to rewrite Kennett and Lorna’s story I will need to do it during JUNO – which has started and not do Blue Moon as planned – so I need to decide quite rapidly!
My brain has gone dead – frozen like a rabbit in the headlights. Has anyone out there have any ideas of what I do with my corner painting – please – all suggestions welcomed.
As to ROW80
Only done some editing this last week. I have had sad visitors and a bad back – did thrash our some new names for characters and new villages and names of commands – friend from forever /editor is so very good at names – words and their origins and roots being one of her passions. She also helped with some Family History stuff for memoirs etc – her other great passion – research. So the coleection I am putting together of life story, memoir and family history (I want to pub in matching binders) took a few more steps foward while she was here. Takes the mind off other stuff.
No time for reading, blogs and barely time for Triberr and sponser duties on ROW80 but did mange those at least
Last but certainly not least thank you Eden Mabee, Beth Camp and Ann Stanley for concern shown at my silence – has given my confidence a huge boost I always kind of imagine I’m invisable (I don’t mind you understand – I have always thought this) to find I can be missed so quickly made me feel def. wanted – so, many thanks and isn’t ROW80 great – truly supportive network
Hope everyone has a good week and all the best for coming one:)