I had big results on NSR this morning and lunch, which is really good because the next few sections are going to be BRAND NEW. *groans* Cut, paste, and polish is ever so much easier.
- NSR: 3548 words in revision.
- SFR: tons of research tonight, trying to figure out the hero. No wonder I had problems; I had him allllll wrong. Turns out I should have cast him as Ken Watanabe. This image (ETA: broke old link; try this one instead) is PERFECT, even down to his clothes, although I won’t be using the geisha aspect at all.
- SFR: Then I spent all night sorting through the various dynasties of China until I finally found inspiration in Empress Wu. From there, the pieces I needed for the hero fell into place. He’s not based on a real person, exactly, but I found Li Xian’s story very intriguing. From there, I did a little more research on the Imperial Dragon and the Forbidden City (although it wasn’t built until the Ming Dynasty).
- SFR: So then I had a good idea of the hero’s background. But what were his GOALS and specifically, how did that mess up the heroine’s? I already had her nailed pretty well, and while I love the world and her story, it wasn’t a romance. Not yet. So then I did some doodling on paper and “worst case” scenarios until again, the pieces finally fell into place. I’m still working through his backstory, but I think I have almost enough to begin plotting the main story! The hardest part will be deciding where to start. I have a very clear image in my head of an opening scene that is dramatic and kickass from the start — but I don’t know if it’s truly the right starting place. The heroine and hero would have already met beforehand, and I don’t like to treat all that like history or flashback. *shudder* But I’m also targeting this first story in the world shorter, say 20-30K, so having the first meet over and done with might give me more room for story and worldbuilding, which I like very much indeed.
I’ve been referring to this idea as SFR, but that’s merely the genre, sort of *smirk, and no, I can’t say more*, and not the title. I think it’s safe to say that the working title will be “Seven Crows.” Anyone recognize the reference? Let’s just say the premise of the story will involve SECRETS. And yes, the crow is significant. It drove me to pick the heroine’s name as Morgan or Morganna, I haven’t decided which, with a nod to Morrighan.
Snippet: I haven’t done one in a while, so I thought I’d share a short bit from NSR. This is Ruin and Jaid talking, the hero and heroine of the story.
“First, they must gain a human priest,” Ruin said.
“They killed me because I refused to help them.”
“Who can they get in our world?”
Staring at her, he didn’t say anything, his mouth flat and hard.
Black spots floated into her vision. Her voice squeaked. “Me?”