About a month ago I came down with something nasty. Between being sick, throwing my workout program into overdrive and work going into overload with projects and work, we’ll let’s just say I’ve been coming home at night and just crashing. Last week things started to get better. I finally recovered from whatever bug hit me, my body finally got adjusted to the intense work out I’ve been putting it through five days a week and have been getting back into the swing of writing regularly. Work has been too tough to do anything but run around with my head chopped off, and when I get home at night all that I want to do is work on Destiny. Unfortunately, that means my blog has been left without my normal updates for a month, but sometimes that’s how life goes. Things should be getting back to normal, so expect regular blog updates once again.
The climatic final scenes in Destiny are huge. This last week I started writing the beginning chapter that goes into the scene and it took me all week to get it straight. I swear I rewrote the intro chapter four times before I felt like it was write. Even so, I still need to tweak pieces of it to get the full feeling I want, but at least the meat and bones are in place. Trying to make sure all of the elements are in place, makes sense, and will work for the following book series is a juggling act. Sometimes I feel like Destiny is a little bit like Game of Thrones for the fact that there are a lot of characters running around in the story. I’ll post a link below from Honest Trailers about the number of characters in Game of Thrones. It’s pretty funny!
I introduced a lot of characters in Flight, but it was easier to follow what was happening because I killed off so many people off in book one. In my mind this was necessary to make the evil truly evil. You have to hate the protagonists in a story. I didn’t want the evil to be just a little bad or annoying, but to be so horrible that you wanted everyone who was a part of it destroyed to make the world a better place and because they deserved it. In book two the evil is still there and I refer to past deeds they’ve done and current actions being taken, also many of the new characters I introduce make it through the story alive, and I don’t go into as much gory detail as book one. Notice I say “as much”. I mean this is a story with swords, guns, Werewolves, Demon Hordes, Minotaurs, a Paladin, Marine Rangers, Navy Seals and more, so you know there’s going to be a lot of action going on, which also means blood and explosions. I’m just keeping out some of the heart wrenching details that were in Flight, like when the Werewolf pups were slaughtered in front of Novastar Ironwolf.
I struggled over how much detail to put in the story about the evil in book one. Was it any more terrible than some of my favorite writers such as R. A. Salvatore’s Dark Elf Trilogy? I’ve run it past my friends and coworkers who are into Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Not people who love horror, but typical readers who share the love of a good story. They didn’t think my dip into the dark side was too much, but said that it fit the overall story quite well. I did get some people who didn’t like the grittiness, because they were expecting something light and airy like the Twilight or Teen Wolf Series. As long as a number of my readers enjoy my story, that’s okay. It all takes different strokes from different folks.
Driving home on Friday I ran into a six hour traffic jam. Yea, I said six hours. Luckily a friend of mine had given me her left over fajitas to take home with me. I ate them while waiting for the accident to clear up. The good news is I was able to take some cool pictures. The best is the Hell energy drink advertisement that I passed plastered to the side of a tractor trailer. I’m still laughing about it. Anyway, I’ve added them below.