The Butterfly Effect
You know what that is, right? With reference to chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the phenomenon whereby a minute localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Theoretically, if you go back and change even one thing in your past, the ramifications spread out like ripples on a pond, and not just for you. Right?
If you ever need a graphic example of just how true that is, try changing one event in the early stages of a manuscript that is very near completion.
That’s what I face with EoD. A certain scene suddenly was causing issues. Not in and of itself, because it made perfect sense when I wrote it. At least I thought it did. And it provided some great stuff between page 30 and page…oh…I don’t know…130. But then, the consequences of it were beginning to make me scratch my head and mutter such authorial phrases like, “Shit, he can’t be here.” Or “Damn, now what am I going to do?” and the penultimate, “This is just not working.”
All of which happens moments before said author runs screaming into traffic.
Thankfully, since I juggle POVs in EoD there are
large chunks of it currently not affected by the above. That’s a relief. As for the rest…it’s going. I have to kill lots and lots of darlings and…*sniff* IT’S HARD!
In the times when I need a break, I’ve been subjecting myself to cruel and inhuman punishment. In the writer’s world that equates to crafting *cue announcer voice and echo effect* The Synopsis.
The reason CBC (for those new here, that’s Coinblade Chronicles: Bound In Shadows otherwise referred to as Driev’s tale) has been idling is because I’m still intent (who knows why?) to farm it to agents, and the top ones on my list (besides the two who already declined) require a synopsis.
That is an evil invention. I would say I curse the inventors of that even more than the inventor of the underwire bra. But that’s just me.
Anyhow, I’ve actually had a bit of a breakthrough thanks to two awesome author buds. Smiles, waves, and truckloads of virtual chocolate to Devin and Kate. And also to the book Rock Your Query. I hopefully will have that whipped into shape soon.
Other than that, I’ve been paying some attention to my artistic muse. One example of a recent personal completion is on my other blog. You can see it here if you’re interested. That drawing took a long time and a lot of tears, but now it’s complete and ready to be matted and framed this weekend.
Now, onto what you’re really here for. I don’t get to work seriously on The Adorned until EoD and CBC are nudged over on the plate, so I’m going to get skimpy with the offerings to stretch out what I have left. Today, I’m being mean. *cue maniacal laughter* I give you 30 words. 1+14+15. Funny how that works.
“Why me?” Roe asked, throwing her arms wide in a gesture meant to encompass all of the Unheld City. “Out of the multitude of people in this city, why me?”
And don’t we all want to know the answer to that?
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