We ended up picking fresh strawberries that evening and spend the weekend making various batches of jam: strawberry-vanilla, strawberry-banana and of course just straight strawberry. The process is relatively easy and not incredibly time consuming, except for the multiple batches of different combinations I made up, so I had a chance to think about the ending of Destiny and decide “where” the ending should be exactly. I was also able to talk to some friends who are up-to-speed with my story in general to give me some criticism about where the cut-off should be.
Part of the problem is the story has ended up being a long longer than I’d initially thought it would be to get to the point where I wanted to end the story at. I could have bypassed the details in-between of what’s been happening with the characters to a point, but I think that would have taken away from the overall story. Those “little things” can mean so much and there is no need to rush through the story to get to a particular point. I was really tempted to stop where I’m currently at. It would have left a nice cliff hanger that would have been cool and annoying all at the same time, but I decided not to. The reason is simply my writing style for this series is loosely based on “computer gaming principles”. There are bosses at certain points that need to be overcome in each book, which creates a nice climatic ending for each individual story. Also, as one of my friends pointed out, if I ended in the middle of a battle then I would have to bring everyone up to speed enough not to confuse new readers in book three. Seriously though, who starts a book series off in the middle? A good point none the less.
I know exactly how the battle will go. Well maybe not exactly, but I have the flow of the action in my head. Unlike the Wild Elf battle with the Tuonellian, Argus (the Wenci) and a Grey Elf where I had almost punch-by-punch planned out in my head ahead of time. Oh wait, that’s all part of Destiny’s story, so you haven’t read it yet. Heh, too bad, because it rocks, but don’t worry. You’ll get a chance to read it soon enough.
Anyway, doing this epic battle scene is a good amount of writing, but I feel that it’s a good place to stop the story. The climatic action feels right in my head and heart. I think the idea of keeping in line with that whole “boss ending” for this level … or book is what did it for me.
For those of you who are surprised at my homeliness with making jam and cooking in general, don’t be. I enjoy cooking and am quite good at it. It also follows my desire to live a healthy life and to keep away from processed foods and chemical substances as much as possible that are in so much of the food we eat in our modern society. Making it from scratch helps to a point to ensure that I am staying healthy. Although the fresh croissants and homemade jam hasn’t been so good for my diet. One of my wife’s friends were shocked to see me come home and whip up several batches of homemade jam, which made me laugh. I definitely do not subscribe to any type of domestic roles for men and women, like so many people still do in the world.
Anyway, for those of you who are interested I added the pictures below. Hope you enjoy it.