- How I did on last week’s goal(s)
I wrote 10,000 words and pulled together some more solid ideas for storylines for Part II. Now I’m much more confident about writing it well, instead of having to force myself through or end up overwriting because I have no idea which direction to take.
- My goal(s) for this week
Work on several more chapters of Part II, and make sure it’s tight and focused.
- A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
Mikhail strode over to his nephew, knelt by him, and enfolded him in his arms. “Those memories will live as long as you do. You can’t just compel them out of your brain by painting them, drawing them, sculpting them, or writing about them. If I could, I’d put all your bad memories in a sealed iron box and throw it into the bottom of the ocean, but memory doesn’t work like that. We have to live with all our memories, both good and bad, our entire lives. We can’t just remember the happy times. Ugly memories are part of who we are, and shape us into the people we become.”
- The biggest challenge I faced this week
Writing a child’s deathbed scene (though the actual death happened off the pages). The victim is 35-month-old Prince Savva Konstantinovich, the firstborn child of Grand Duchess Olga and Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich the younger. Just like his uncle (and younger brother, who’s also going to die in childhood), he inherited the bleeding disease. He has a minor fall which causes a cerebral hemorrhage, the same thing which killed his great-uncle Frittie and cousin Heinrich.
- Something I love about my WIP
I love writing the Dowager Empress as a nagging, overbearing grandmother and mother-in-law. There’s absolutely no disrespect intended towards her memory, but she definitely had very strong views on how royalty should behave, and had a very strong personality, to say the least. She’s not at all shy about sharing her opinions with her family, even if they don’t share her views at all.
I also love writing the scheming Vladimirovichi as the background antagonists, whom Grand Duke Mikhail is determined to keep away from the throne. This branch of the Imperial Family has long been very ambitious, to put it mildly, even though their claims to legitimate succession are rather dubious under House Laws. Even now, they want to get the throne if the monarchy is restored. I personally support a restoration of the monarchy, but not with anyone from that family!