Monday Madness: Read, Plot, Write, Slay

Good afternoon!

I am such an afternoon blogger, why? Because I hate mornings and so I never blog or tweet in the morning, also, I don’t have a lot to say in the morning other than, “where is my book? where is my phone?” and “Sapphyre, go change your pants, you look ridiculous.”

Alas though it’s the life of a mom by day, psychic by afternoon and sometimes demon slayer at night. That’s right, more rituals for me, but I’m not telling you what they entail. (Mostly because I’d have to kill you if I did)

Today my mind has been on The Mortal Instruments, The WIP from hell, Buffy and POV.

POV is my poison of choice today because it’s annoying me. I write in third person limited, with a sprinkling of omnipotent when it’s appropriate. I find it weird when people try to steer me in a direction regarding POV, like I SHOULD be writing in the limited POV ALL the time, but what happens when I have two MC’s in the same scene and I can’t choose which person’s thoughts to go into? Or better yet, when I have some pretty important thoughts from BOTH characters that the story needs to make it story like?

I have recently introduced the “MC’s perception of the secondary character’s potential thought patterns” angle to my slayage of said WIP from hell.

It goes something like this: If the POV is in my MC and let’s say her mentor is thinking something, I’ll have my MC think her mentor is thinking something that they’re really thinking. Confusing? Change up the wording a bit and it works like magic.

Thank god the other characters can still move around and comment otherwise this would get pretty boring.

In other news, I’m halfway through City of Ashes, and totally seeing where this connects with City of Fallen Angels, but really? Another book and a half to go between this and that? Ack, Cassandra Clare, you are still killing me.

On that note, compared to what I’m putting my characters through, her book is a walk in the park. I really hope that when I have readers of my book, that people will love my characters, but I can totally see myself getting the same question Cassandra gets all the time. Why do you hate Clary and Jace so much? Being a sum up of the number one question.

She explained it in a post on her blog, which now I have to go find and link to so excuse me while I interrupt my train of thought to do that.

That didn’t take long. For those of you bored of my blather go read Cassandra Clare’s answer post here: Also, leave her some cake in the form of comments, but don’t be annoying.

I do the same thing with the characters I love, and I’m harsh in some ways and nice in other ways. For me it’s being kind to be cruel in a sense. I let my readers have this euphoria in my books, times when the readers themselves see that things could go wrong, but seeing as how nothing is wrong in the present they’re not prepared for those little trip wires, or landmines. They’re subtle, and then there’s the whole land sliding and rolling down the mountain and grasping at the ledges and hoping, hoping that the bottom out isn’t as bad as it could be.

But then it’s actually worse than what the reader could imagine in the first place, and so they’re just kinda left broken. I like to think of it like lyrics from one of my favorite Ani DiFranco songs.

“A little birdie told me that jumping is easy, that falling is fun, right up until you hit the sidewalk, shivering and stunned.” – Swan Dive, Ani DiFranco

And so for today I’m thinking about the end of book 1, the wreckage of book 2, the sadness of book 3 and I’ve got bits and pieces of books 4, 5, and 6 in my head.

That’s the other thing about Cassandra Clare I like, 6 books, just like the series I’m writing, long and satisfying, but not too long that you’re sick of it by the end.

Although I am going to miss Clary and Jace when they’re story is over, probably as much as I’ll miss my characters.