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August 15, 2013
Posted at 7:43 pm
 

My Prerogative

Chapter six is sitting in the submission queue right now.

Things with Cindy are heating up a bit, and Janet has become aware of them. There's definitely a lot going on that Brian doesn't know about. But that will become clear over the final four parts of Summer of 89.

I'm working on plotting out the next major book, but it takes place while he's a senior in high school. The third part of the Cuckolder's origin trilogy takes place in college, but I'm less sure of exactly when. Skipping over Junior year and some of his Senior year seems odd -- there's definitely stuff going on and it's potentially interesting, but mostly it doesn't get me where I want to go narratively or really have a lasting mark on Brian.

On the other hand, it's when his relationship with Cindy deepens in an unexpected way, so might be worth looking at, as well. I can't quite seem to figure out how to get all that across in the second part without a huge infodump, and that's boring.

One thing about this story was that it grew on me -- I'm happy with its final shape, and length, but it was originally going to be about 6000 words, and it's nearly 5 times that. It needed time to develop, letting it simmer over a few parts until all the spices came together.

So maybe I need to step back and reconsider. I certainly don't want to do what others have done (and which I often enjoy) of tracing the characters life through every day and month of his life in school (or as an adult).

I don't want to be redundant, but I don't want to skip something interesting either.