Flying Machines

Leonardo Da Vinci - Bird Wing with Mechanical Parts

Leonardo Da Vinci – Bird Wing with Mechanical Parts


Got a little bit more writing done over lunch today. Only a half an hour of writing, but I tried to make it well spent. This evening we’re putting together a crab boil for some friends, so the house smells absolutely amazing. Needless to say, getting my NaNo wordcount in was a must!

Project: Madam Cloom’s Garden
Current Word Count: 13,269
New Words Written: 1,069

Progress: Finished up the previous tense scene that I started yesterday. My beta reader said it wouldn’t make sense to the average reader, but that’s fine. It isn’t a scene I wanted to include anyway. It does help me understand the POVs of those characters though, and gives me some concrete responses and dialogue to use for later scenes. Our protag just realized that she was in the air with her kidnapper and is trying to make sense of it.

Commentary: Wasn’t expecting to put a flying machine into this scene, but I actually think it works very well for the kidnapper. It also adds that touch of surreal that I’m really striving for as Shaleigh enters this new world. She can feel the cold wind, see the enormous flapping wings, and hear the squeaky gears. She’s terrified, almost as much as her kidnapper. I don’t think he knew what he was getting into when he took on this simple kidnapping assignment.

Since the first part of this book was firmly planted in the gritty real world, it’s kind of liberating to be in the fantasy world. I’ve been working on this land and characters for so long that it’s pretty exciting to get them down on the page.

I just hope I can keep up with this writing pace. Even half an hour seems to help!

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