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Chapter 2 – Scene Three

Hello Alpheans!

First of all, I want to thank all of you for hanging in with me through this past week. It’s been a difficult one. I also want to let you know that chances are what I’m posting here may not be the end of the scene, and likely won’t be. But it did feel like a pause point and I’d worked so hard on this and you all have waited so patiently that I thought I would go ahead and post it. Please, as always, feel free to comment. I do read all of your comments and enjoy seeing feedback from you on the site. This scene has been kicking my ass hard and between a seemingly endless  succession of distractions (including the worst allergy attack I’ve ever experienced in my life) and the inherent difficulties in the scene, I finally got it pretty much down, I think. I’ll fess up straightaway to some known issues:

The pacing needs work. I know it does. The main culprit here, I think, is that I have some clumsily-written transitions and places where conversation drags and places where narrative exposition is too brief. That’s the sort of thing that gets fixed in editing, so I’m not all too concerned about it now. One of the most common bits of advice I’ve read for beginning novel writers is to resist the urge to revise and edit the draft while writing it,  to just “get it down”.

The length. I am concerned that this scene runs so long (over 1,800 words, believe it or not). I would like to break it up, but structurally I’m not sure how to do it. All of the events take place in the same place and time and among the same set of characters. How can I make this into two scenes? It would be like trying to book a flight from JFK to La Guardia. So, ‘yes’ I know it’s long, and ‘no’ I have no idea what to do about it. If any of you have any ideas, I’m all ears. Just post them in the comments section below the scene on the scene page.

At any rate, and without further ado, here’s the link to Chapter 2 – Scene Three. Enjoy!


Oak pollen count SIX TIMES NORMAL! Clogged sinuses SUCK!

Hello, Alpheans!

In case you’ve been wondering what’s going on and why I haven’t posted the next scene it’s because it still isn’t finished. I’ve written almost 1,000 words for it, but it’s going to be a long scene and it’s only about half-finished. What’s taking so long? Two things. First, the scene is a bit more complex than some of the others; and secondly, my sinuses have been killing me this week. A lot of you with environmental allergies already know this, but the oak pollen count is off the charts this year with some estimates as high as SIX TIMES the normal pollen bloom. I’m not normally susceptible to environmental allergies, but the pollen has me in a helluva fit this year. Not being all that familiar with environmental allergies I’ve tried a lot of things, from Claritin-D to menthol inhalers to homeopathic nasal sprays with varying degrees of success but no lasting, permanent relief. It’s hard to write a complex scene when your head feels like an overstuffed melon that’s been thrown against the wall a few times too many.

But I am pushing through it, writing a couple hundred words a day, on average. I hope to have it done by the end of the weekend.

Also, I won’t be able to attend the Largo/Seminole Writing Workshop tomorrow morning. Having been laid off last month (was it last month?) I have very limited funds for workshops and I’m eliminating all workshops that aren’t free (apart from the Treasure Island WordSmitten Workshop because it’s just too damned good and I just can’t not go to that one. My apologies to the IAAA.)