A DIscovery

I made a discovery yesterday, or maybe it was a revelation.  I mentioned before that I had the distinct feeling that my novel wouldn’t be content being a single volume.  At that time, I couldn’t see exactly why I should feel that way, or how it would work.  And then, as the words flowed yesterday afternoon, the truth emerged!  Obviously, I’m not about to explain, as you really know nothing about the book.  Take it from me, though, that the opening that allows a second book (eventually) came to light and was so obvious, even I couldn’t miss it!  It was a wonderful demonstration of how my modus operandi functions.

I had no idea of what was coming.  There I am, caught up in a dialogue between two characters, waiting to see where they were going and what significance the scene actually had to the story.  Then one drops a bombshell, followed swiftly by another!  And it was the second which created the opening for a sequel!  Just like that.  I know that it’s why I had the feeling I had, now.  It means that I can now get on with the novel and let it reach a proper conclusion, without using some excuse to end it in the wrong place.  It’s a great relief, believe me!

With Chapter 22 underway, and over 100,000 words already “in the bank”, it was worrying, thinking that this part of the tale had much, much more to come.

Also yesterday, I happened to read a blog post by author Garth Nix, on Goodreads, in which he talks about re-reading favourite books.  In that blog, he mentioned a book I haven’t thought about for a while, which then led to thinking about a related work.  I tried to find my copy of the former, and it’s gone missing!  Now, instead of simply trying to get hold of a copy of the latter, I’ve got to find a copy of both!  The books in question are The Moon of Gomrath and The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, by Alan Garner.

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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

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