Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Tag: Measure of Resistance

TPOM3 in July

I’ve decided to finish up TPOM3 in July for Camp Nano. It’s the second run of the summer series of National Novel Writing Month, and TPOM3 is a project that desperately needs to be completed. It’s been on hiatus or otherwise languishing most of the time since October of last year, the last time I spent any substantial amount of days writing on it. I managed a bit in January, then again in May, but not nearly enough to get it done.

In going over the outline I have now, I learned that I have nearly the entire ending plotted out. I have to reorganize a bit—I think Géta gives in to something too easily—and fill in the blanks I have with more war-conflict scenes. Right now, the Bremmans surrender a bit too quickly. I want them to drag the conflict on (because they’re led by stupid commanders who don’t know what they’re doing) until they’re forced to give up because they keep losing battles (it gets much more difficult for them once the Imperial Army shows up) and they can’t send or receive messages due to the solidity of Imperial Mage shields around their camp. They’re expecting reinforcements, but those reinforcements get held up at the border by the contingent of the Imperial Army who was sent to prevent their arrival at the border post.

So I know what I need to do. I also have plot points written out for the ending, which help. I’ve got most of a month of time in which to get this endgame plotted out to my satisfaction. Things are looking good.

And, best of all, I’m excited about the prospect of finishing TPOM3.

TPOM3’s Final Confrontation

It’s always a great feeling when I solve a plot issue.

The one I’ve been working on for the past few months is the final confrontation between Géta and Enemy Mage in TPOM3. Pretty much since beginning TPOM, I’ve known I want Géta and his enemy to have a little private face-off all on their own. Unfortunately, until recently, I hadn’t seen a way to get that without taking the plot of the story into unbelievable events.

My original concept? Have Géta and Enemy Mage face each other under shields between their respective fighting forces. Not only was this unbelievable, it defied logistics. If Géta steps out of protection, he’ll be captured, no matter how powerful the shields protecting him are. If Enemy Mage dares enter the fortified area of the Temple post, Géta’s people wouldn’t hesitate to incarcerate him. So, that was a no-go.

Worst part of it? Without figuring out the final confrontation, I didn’t know the ending to the story—essentially, where on an emotional level Géta finished the story, and I needed that in order to help me decide when/where/how to begin ALON’s outline.

But!

I have figured out the final confrontation. I know now pretty much how things will go, so now I can finish the outline and complete TPOM. This pleases me a great deal. While I do have great faith in my ability to complete stories I start when I’m writing this kind of fiction, I was wondering how long it would take me to work through this problem, and I feel, if not for the help of Jennifer Amriss, I wouldn’t have come up with this brilliant solution at all.

I wasn’t able to do anything with my writing yesterday because I had an afternoon appointment for cancer stuff (which I’ll write about in the next two or three weeks) and had to go to bed early for more cancer stuff this morning, but today I’ll have plenty of time to get to work on TPOM3’s outline. Perhaps even write a scene or two. It’s so wonderful to see the ending!

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