Saturday, 20 November 2010

Fresh Blood



It's 2/3 of the way through November. I'm not really close to 2/3 of the way through my word count yet, but I know I'll catch up in the next couple of days.

<<< progress

As has happened every year (quite unplanned), I find myself with a new character. Back when I thought the plot of Rebellion covered two novels, I wrote large chunks of it over the course of two NaNoWriMo seasons. A couple of the characters who materialised during that process ended up being central to the plot.

I have a feeling this is going to be similarly important...

"What's your name?" Eleanor asked as she put a match to lanterns around the room. The air was damp, and every wick took long moments to dry out and sizzle into life.

"Lauren."

"Sit down." The attic room had a warm bed but no chairs; hospitality was supposed to happen in the bar downstairs. Eleanor sat cross-legged beneath the skylight, and waved for the girl to sit on the floor in front of her.

As she bent to her knees the light fell across her face and Eleanor could see her features clearly for the first time: olive skin, dark eyes, full lips, and a jagged, deep scar along her jaw. She noticed the focus of Eleanor's eyes and swept the cloak away from her head as she sat. She pushed her hair back, clearing her face. In so doing she revealed more scars: across her left temple, along her hairline, and at the side of her neck. A small chunk was missing from the top of her right ear.

"Mine aren't the first battle scars you've seen," she said. "They won't be the last."

"What brought you into the revolution?" Eleanor asked. She thought of Lauren's earlier words, and the hatred behind them. "Did the Shadows do this to you?"

"No." She hesitated; looked sideways at the lantern, then down to the floor. "I'm in the Shadow Corps."

Eleanor caught her breath sharply, sliding her knife from its wrist sheath as she exhaled.

(This occurs somewhere in the middle of the first draft of Revolution... not enough plot to be a spoiler, I hope!)

18 comments:

lakeviewer said...

Oh, Rachel, I'm hooked already! I shall purchase your novel, and await for this one to develop too. What aren't you doing? Your PHD should be consuming all your energy, but it seems to give you fuel for more explorations. Ah, to be young and talented and....

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, I will buy it too!

Bibliomama said...

Oh, I LOVE facial scars. Wait, is that weird?

Jen said...

I'm intrigued. I want to read more, as well.

Ginny said...

Very intreguing, it draws you in. So you are about halfway through? Do you have a publisher and is there a deadline?

Kazzy said...

OK, I am hooked...

Dedene said...

Good work! I'll have to read the beginning to understand it fully, but so far, very interesting.

Tabor said...

Well, you do appear to have talent! I think the best writing is when the author realizes that characters have a life of their own and gives them some free reign.

Tabor said...

Here are some good images of flickers...I call them my pajama birds because their patterns remind me of pajamas for some reason.

Alice Braga said...

I love surprises. And your vivid descriptions. Beautiful writing, Rachel.

Your unexpected character (and resulting delight) reminds me of Robert Frost's maxim: "No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."

Thanks for the sneak preview, and good luck meeting your word count.

Jeanne said...

The most enjoyable part of writing is when things bubble up from our subconscious.

It does some great work, that subconscious.

carma said...

very nice!! Fiction stumps me. You are a natural.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Oooh! That sounds intriguing! I am hooked already!

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LindyLouMac said...

I am impressed Rachel, by the way it is great to see you signing up for Goodreads.

A Cuban In London said...

Well, I do hope you carry on working at it, because I, for one, am intrigued. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Nice. This is further evidence that I need to pump up the details in my own story. I tend to rush through things rather than painting the whole picture for the reader.

Keep going, you're doing great!

christine said...

Oh yes, sounds intriguing - but that's no surprise, is it? Shadows? I'll just have to read from the beginning to understand what they are - great!

My word count is up to over 37,000, and I'm still enjoying it:-)

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