Chapter Five: Take It Down

Oh, Red. The stakes get higher. It was hard for me to do, but the fate of the Guiding Post serves as the perfect translation of danger. An attempt was made on David’s life, but it was unsuccessful; and sometimes it’s hard to take an enemy seriously unless they can prove they are a true danger. And here’s a whole posse of dangerous creatures, intent on finding what the first Raker couldn’t take care of… I hope David is motoring.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m reading Stephen King’s “On Writing”, and I’ve gotten to a part in the book where he’s explained that he feels a story is like a fossil — a tale that you have to sort of dig up from the ground, sometimes in fast large chunks and others in small carefully-handled snippets. This is a very encouraging thing to hear.

The four things of length that I’ve written have always gotten about half-way through and then… well, then I don’t know the answer. I don’t know the end. I have to think and wonder about where it’s going and run a million plotlines in my head before I find the one that sticks. Actually, when I finished up the third piece (and the culmination of a trilogy) I actually had my fiance reading it as I wrote because I couldn’t come up with a satisfactory ending. I figured it out — or, perhaps, uncovered it — in time for him to read to the end uninterrupted; he was completely shocked by the end and impressed by the outcome. His words “Aw, why didn’t I see that! I can’t believe you pulled it off!”

But in my opinion, I can’t really take full credit for that. I’m just glad I uncovered the important bits that allowed me to share the whole story, especially in time for Christmas that year.

I’m sure I’ll go into this more when tSoD is coming to a close, but it’s what I’m reading right now, so I thought I’d share.