When I set out to write Watching Yute, I set a framework first... we start at point A, end up at point Z, and we obviously needed to pass through F, M, and T along the way...
As I wrote, I 'ad libbed' B, C, D, etc.. most of which, I had a pretty good idea of what they'd be. Maybe I'd have a good idea for Q, and I'd leave myself a note for later, and so forth. As of the other day, I now have ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ.
Sure, XYZ hasn't been fleshed out yet, but I know what they are. Similarly, every other spot is open to revision.. something I said during D, for example, might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but has come to not fit quite to well after ideas that reached maturity in S.
BUT! It's all there, waiting for the 'grunt work'. Then the first draft is done. Then I'll refine it, and refine it, and refine it, then Ill get a copy to pass around to my volunteer editors, and then.. then it'll be done...!
I have a few ideas for the cover that came to me the other day as well. It will probably feature the background from this image:
But without the anime representation of Cassidy.. I just don't think anime on the cover sends the right message. She'll be on there in some way, and.. well.. just wait for it. I'll probably work on it while the editors are doing thier thing.
In a related story, May 24 will mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of an old distant (IRC) buddy, Cheryl N., known more commonly as Eris in IRC. We weren't super super close, but I spoke to her on the phone about her romantic problems the day before she killed herself.
She still seemed upset of course, over her boyfriend, but within a 'reasonable' amount. The next day the news hit us all through her boyfriend. Shocked, I called her number, and got her mother. When I asked nervously for Cheryl, her mother quietly said in her thick accent, "She dead today." Well, that was chilling. We'd all hoped it was some kind of hoax.. a stunt to get back at her boyfriend.
How does this relate to Watching Yute? Well, I'm dedicating the book to her, since the book deals with many of the issues Cheryl N. faced in ther final days. One of the central characters is named after her as well, (not the last name though). I considered changing that, but it just kinda... had to be.
In much much happier May news, on the 27th, my little spite Caitlin will be turning 2 years old! A smaller party this year.. I'm still saddled with finding a theme of some sort... last year was farmyard... which this year? Circus? Uninspired perhaps, but hey... she's gonna be 2...! I'll wait for her 3rd birthday for the roswell alien autopsy theme....