The last few days have been pretty darn productive, I’m happy to say. Even with going to a LAN party yesterday, I was still able to squeeze in a good amount of writing time. So far Ghosts of Pikes Peak is flying. One of the benefits of figuring out the plot while I write is that I get a lot of amusing scenes. Getting out of town is proving more difficult for these two than they expected. Rennick gets ambushed, then he has to deal with a very bitter Mary Silva, a wronged ex-lover. Colton is beginning to wonder if this mission would be faster if he was doing it solo instead of having to help his partner leave town.
At first I really had no plans for Mary to be anything more than a minor character in the grand scheme of things, but she actually turned out quite entertaining. I may decide on bringing her back in later depending on how the plot unravels. Although it takes them forever to get out of the city, it certainly isn’t all humor. Colton is faced with a very bleak view of life and death, and finds himself questioning his role in the agency and on this mission. A lot of soul-searching is scheduled to come up as our duo hits the road, as well as some explanations for Rennick’s hectic love life. When you’re on the road, difficult topics are bound to come up.
Here are a few updates for the day:
Project: Ghosts of Pikes Peak (working title)
This is a working sequel for Night Feeders, and will be continuing Colton Fen’s adventures as he works for the mysterious “agency out East”.
Summary: An old abandoned shack just outside the bustling city of Pikes Peak is riddled with malicious spirits. Werewolf detective Colton Fen has been assigned a vampire partner this time to handle the troublesome ghosts, but even their combined strength may not be enough to dissuade the poltergeists from plucking victims from the outskirts of town.
Current total words: 9,516
New words written: 4,555
Total Words for 2012: 19.097
Snippet: Here’s a bit from Mary’s tongue-lashing, though truth be told, Rennick deserved it and then some. She turned into a regular firecracker.
“Don’t do this, Mary. Come on, don’t treat me like this.” He was getting angry, and he wasn’t entirely sure why. This wasn’t how it was supposed to end. She was supposed to believe him, to trust him, so that he could leave and feel comfortable while he traveled to the next town. As it was he felt an increasing sense of guilt, and he didn’t like it in the least.
“Get out of my house. I don’t want to have to get the Sheriff out here, but I will if you make me.”
“Damn it, Mary!” He growled making her jump. “You can’t – you can’t leave me!”
She laughed, “That’s more like it. Not used to being the one dumped, I take it. Not too nice, is it?”
“This is not funny. Quit laughing!”
“Oh Ren,” she chuckled. “You’re nothing more than a boy, are you?”
Isn’t that funny how a minor character ends up being more? I had that with one of mine–Booger. He was supposed to be a walk-on, walk-off character, but he just wouldn’t leave.
Sometimes those are the most entertaining characters, aren’t they? The same thing happened in another novel I’m working on. At first I just referred to him as “the sad man”, but eventually he grew a name and became a main character. He made me proud. 🙂