It’s Monday. How did this happen?
Most of the renovation is over. We have some shelves that need to be put up, and the front of the house needs stucco repaired and a new coat of paint, but mostly we are done. I’m waiting for it to sink in, so I can exit the crisis mode of the last 4 weeks, but it’s not happening. I’m like a runner who ran a long race and now can’t cope with not running.
I know that the level of stress is pretty high, because I’m watching a really fun Chinese drama, and I became abnormally anxious over the main character’s love life. There are complicated political machinations happening that should be paid attention to, and I’m going, “Can we please break this engagement with A’yao, because he is a Golden Retriever puppy and this is bad for my mental health?” This right here is why romance as a genre requires an HEA. Because sometimes it’s therapy, and knowing everything will be okay helps you through the angst.
It’s a good show, though. I’m not fast forwarding it. A lot of times I watch dramas like this:
Second lead: blah blah blah.
Me: fast forward to the end of the scene.
Kid 1: Mom, why are you doing that?
Me: Because this will be a bonding moment where he will recount childhood trauma, and I’m not invested in his relationship with this side character. They will create sympathy for him here, and then switch to the main lead being a jerk, so they can juggle the tension. See?
Pausing drama in the middle of the flashback and then moving to the next scene, where the main lead is being a jerk.
Sometimes it’s really predictable, like Remarriage and Desires on Netflix. It was so cyclical: heroine scores a small victory, antagonist woman beats her down, heroine comes back, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. You could literally skip big chunks of it and it wouldn’t affect the overall plot any. This device works well but not 10 times in a row.
I still have an episode of Alchemy of Souls left, hehehe.
In better news, I’m can finally clean the house. There was no point before because half of it was covered in plastic. I bought cute little wooden soap dishes, because Gordon likes Irish Spring soap, so I put them in the bathroom and went to get a new bar for him. I open the cabinet and grab the first box I see. Empty.
8 boxes. I open that cabinet daily, and I never noticed them before. Why? How? Who knows.
We are going to try to speed up on Sweep of the Heart for the next couple of weeks now that the renovations are over and we can work from the office. Neither of us felt comfortable leaving renovation crew unsupervised – specifically the painter crew, who kept trying to kill themselves – and now that they are out, we can go back to normal. So to knock out a few things before I disappear and leave the blog on Mod R’s capable hands.
Sweep of the Heart.
Mod R told me that there was some misunderstanding. We are not hoarding Sweep of the Heart and dolling it out in small chunks. We start writing on Monday, and you get whatever we wrote on Friday. Sometimes it goes through proofread, sometimes it doesn’t. We prioritize meeting the Friday deadline. ::smiley face:: So right now you have everything we have.
Sweep of the Heart: release date
Sweep of the Heart will be edited and revised before being released. Right now we are not anticipating major changes and are planning on late fall for the release date. It will be up on the release page once the manuscript is finished and we know for sure we have met our internal deadline.
Yes, there will be regular audio. We are going with Dina from GA adaptations for the reader. Don’t know about Graphic Audio adaptation yet, but it is likely. If it happens, it will be some months away.
Also there will be more from Graphic Audio in the near future. And that is all I can say at this point.
Chat with Grace and Patrick Draven
Tuesday zoom, 7 pm EST, sponsored by Ashland Public Library. More information here, including how to sign up- there are still spaces left. It will also be recorded and posted on the Ashland Library YouTube channel. Signed copies of Grace’s work and ours are available from Blue Willow. By the way, they still have copies of Jeaniene Frost’s Bones retelling. This is a great chance to snag a signed book if you want one.
Mystery Images on Instagram
More on that next month. Not too long now.
PS from Mod R: Here is Ilona’s Instagram account with the images in question- no worries, when the news comes it will be for everyone not just on Insta!
Fights and Battles
How do we select which battles to show? Fights and battles, when written down, are not that exciting unless there is a strong emotional component. They are similar to sex scenes – unless you are invested in the characters’ feelings, the sex scenes can become boring. Fight scenes are the same. She lunged, he parried, she shied from his blade, blah blah blah. The key to making it interesting is high stakes.
When Maud fought Lady Illemina, the stakes were sky high. Her future literally hung in the balance, suspended on the edge of her sword, because if her future mother-in-law viewed her with contempt, her life with House Krahr would be much harder. There was pride there, and survival, and so many things.
By contrast, Bestata and Karat sparring, the stakes are very small. Even if Karat lost that practice bout, nobody would really care. Had Bestata been some mortal enemy against whom Karat struggled for the whole story, we would’ve shown the fight in technicolor detail. Same with the space pirate. The fight wasn’t really important; the fact that he was dead by the end of it was, because the audience wasn’t that invested in the pirate himself. They mostly wanted the Special Snowflake to get her comeuppance for being a back stabber.
Okay, I think I covered most of it. I will see you Tuesday at zoom, and if not, then Friday, when the next chunk will be up.