Well, I didn’t wake up this morning and think, “Self, you’re crazy telling readers you’ll post daily updates on your blog.” Good sign. Of course, it is only day two…
The goal for last night was to churn out a minimum of 1,000 words. I didn’t hit the mark, but a decent chunk (a little less than 900 words) got produced. Oh, and I stayed up until about 4AM (which I don’t recommend doing [even if you’re young and invincible…])
As regards the chapter itself (content, that is), I’m really enjoying writing it. The heart of it compromises a conversation between Mark and Jurian, a rather unique one. Most of the time, these two—despite their similarities—are a little more removed from each other. They both have a great respect for rank and for each other and that equates to a smooth sailing relationship between them most of the time.
By the same token, though, their respectful manner towards each other and reserved natures can keep them apart. (Unlike, say, when one of them argues with Fergus and things blow up and then get mended, resulting in a greater understanding and deeper relationship between the characters.)
In this scene, however, things move beyond the boundaries of rank and respect for Jurian and Mark. The essence of Jurian’s character—his fatherhood—emerges in response to a struggle he witnesses Mark undergoing, and a subtle shift takes place in their relationship. They’re no longer merely prince and lord to one another, or a pair of allies or even friends. Things run deeper, and Mark recovers, in a sense, something he’d lost (which now that I think about it is something of an interesting echo to an earlier scene with Jurian).
Alright, I ought to get a move on with that writing. Tonight’s goal – Finish the current chapter in progress. Or at least get the basic thing written. Character gestures, etc. can get filled in tomorrow.
In the meantime, I leave you with an appropriate Jurian theme song.