Well, I just had my very first irate email from a reader about a choice I made in one of my books where, apparently, I “got it all wrong.” This is always kind of a personal fear of mine as a writer–I often get virtually crippled by this desire to get everything “right” (though, normally, this is related to procedural stuff rather than location). But I guess there’s a component of it with location, too. If I choose to set a book somewhere, I try to choose somewhere I’ve either been before or that’s easily researchable. In this particular case, this was a more or less throwaway location that fit the parameters I asked about when I polled on Twitter. And this reader interpreted the shero’s behavior in that location as completely unbelievable and more reflective of the location than the shero herself. Newsflash y’all: If a character behaves weird in the first couple of chapters, chances are we’ll explain why later on in the book. Anyway, polite response sent off and I’m moving on with my day.
The writing is going pretty well. I’ve just spent the last week making some more changes to the first half of Act 2 to fix some pacing issues. Act 2 seems to always been my kryptonite. It’s the area I inevitably have to rework in later drafts. With this book, I seem to be (hopefully) getting all that reworking done in the first draft. I should be hitting my midpoint sometime next week, and after that, I really hope to be building some of that flying toward the end momentum. Gonna need to pick up the pace if I’m to finish by the end of this round!