Either way I’m plugging away at these last chapters steadily. I also realized I needed to add in a couple smaller chapters to round out a few scenes. I really hate large gaps of time that are left untold in a story. Sometimes this works out. I was thinking if the winter was really brutal I could skip a few months and then refer back to the time, but I’ll just have to see how I feel once it’s written. If it doesn’t feel right I’ll have to go back and fill out the story a little bit more.
Startüm’s romances begin in Destiny and then become more intense and convoluted in books three and four. There have been a lot of questions about Startüm’s relationship with his “harem of women” and surprise that he wasn’t sleeping with all of them. I think some of the critique was due to a few readers wanting more in the way of intimate relations with Startüm and his students. For Flight such intimate relationships didn’t work within the story or his character as a Paladin, but in books three and four Startüm comes to terms with his Werewolf half and in doing so his relationships change with his ladies. I’m sure some people will give me a hard time about his polygamy ways, but trust me it fits well within the storyline. I don’t want to talk about it too much here, but I think everyone will like the flow of the story.
In Destiny’s last chapters I’ve been forced to introduce groups and elements that will be relevant to the rest of the series. Some of this has required a lot of research. Navel terminology has never been my strong point, but with the Fleet Actions that will be a part of the storyline I have been forced to educate myself on this topic. Much of Dr. Evan’s story is told from the Triumph, which is an old tramp freighter. I roughly picture the ships like a Victory Ship from the end of World War Two. Although I’m trying to keep away from using navel terminology as much as possible, sometimes the story requires it. I’m sure I’ll miss a few things and get hammered in my reviews from other writers about my failures. To assist with this I might beg for some help from my Chief of Staff for the office, who is a retired Navy Captain. He’s pretty cool and might be down with helping to correct anything I miss. Who knows, I’ll just have to see if he’s open to that.
Work has been busy as hell. I just make sure I do my best to get the mission knocked out and to do my best to leave work at work so that I can go home and write. Last weekend my family and I went to Heidelberg Castle in Germany, which was super cool … except for the part where no one but me brought gloves. Sadly that meant I gave a glove to my daughter and wife and I had none. Why is it that I make sure I have everything for cold weather but end up giving it away in the middle of a sleeting storm? Needless to say I got a little sick. I will say that seeing the castle was pretty awesome and was a great way to get the imagination working on parts for book three. One of the most incredible parts of Heidelberg Castle is that parts of it have been destroyed and instead of repairing the damage the city chose to preserve the damages, which just makes the castle that much cooler. Seeing the semi-collapsed massive stone towers is just incredible. It makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in history. To be honest the whole city is pretty awesome, but for me the castle is the best part.
This week has been pretty exciting. I was in the emergency room twice for my wife. She’s good, but it was still pretty stressful, which meant no writing was done on those nights. Things are relaxed though for the weekend, which is nice. It’s snowing outside, but we have a roaring fire to hold back the cold and I’ve baked two loaves of banana nut bread when I woke up this morning. I’m trying to get a little writing time in this weekend, but I’ll just have to see how that works out. I usually get tagged by my wife and daughter when I try to write on the weekends. I hope you enjoy the pictures I’ve included from our visit to Heidelberg Castle.