So I’ve been stuck for a while, as I intimated in my last post. But then wahbam! The other night, an idea sprung to mind. I’m beyond thrilled. I know how to save Esmeralda!!! The answer is not the one I imagined it would be, but that’s possibly because my imagination wasn’t functioning. The answer is… *drumroll* Nicholai! Not what you were expecting? Me either. Weird, I know. It doesn’t sound exciting, but trust me….that’s all I’ll say for now, but just know that I have something stupendous planned. 🙂 It involves a lot of development throughout for Natalia, Nicholai, Roman (and the reason for the way he went mad on everyone) and Leopold the First, as well as for Evy, who I find myself annoyed with as a character frequently. So just be warned- the rewrite and ending is coming, and (I think, I hope, I pray) it’ll be far better. 🙂
Meanwhile I’m editing like mad- I have about 200 index cards, twice as many sticky-notes, and page upon page covered in notes and rewrites and edits…it’s enough to drive a person mad and fill them with delight at the same time. It’s wonderful, but I kinda hate it at the same time. Mostly I love it. I’m a spaz right now because I haven’t been sleeping a lot. Sorry. So I’m working on switching most of the names over to Russian and Slavic names, like swapping Aaron to something like Marek or Dimitri, Bekah to Sonia or Tatiana, maybe, Marscel to Mikhail.
It’s kinda fun, and the more I do it, the more I realize how often those darned (wonderful) Russians pop up in my writing- in my book The Puppet Queen Tamsin’s dance instructor, who works with her to hide her limp (and with whom she falls in love) is Vadim, (pronounced Vwah-deem- I love that name) and as Russian as it gets with his honey-colored hair, gorgeous blue-green eyes and soothing voice, and in Dichotomy there’s Raskolnikov, the malicious schemer inside Will’s head who calls him “comrade” and says his “w”s like “v”s. (Unoriginal? Maybe, but a good chunk of the voices in Will’s head come from various pieces of literature, so I think I’m pardoned.)
It turns out I’ve been in love with Russians for quite some time (though not with any of those I know personally, for the record). 🙂
I’m hoping to begin updating Esmeralda again soon. Thanks for your patience, y’all!
(Also, I’m going nuts making collages and folders for all of my characters to kind of get to know the people and scenery better, to plant it inside my head. So here’s another of my leading man, “played by” (in my head) Henry Cavill. 😉