The Journey of SILVER BROWN

Sweet N’ Sour Sixteen

J.K. Rowling once said in an interview something to the effect of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire being a particularly agonizing book for her to write. One of its chapters had to be rewritten a whopping thirteen times; there was a recurring plot hole that needed a baker’s dozen attempts to get rid of. Chapter Sixteen of SILVER BROWN didn’t have to go through that many rewrites, but it was pretty agonizing. For starters, it’s now Chapter Seventeen; I had to chop off its head and make the head Sixteen. The editing work this chapter and its severed head needed had more to do with cutting away superfluous elements and finding balance in the story than resolving any plot holes, though. But at long last, these chapters are complete. I might do a few more tweaks here and there to make Crocus Acadia even more unnerving than she already is, but all the main organs are functioning at least. They could survive if they hatched tomorrow. But they won’t hatch just yet. Maybe during Yuletide.

A couple of the characters I’ll be introducing to the audience at this point in the story had to undergo a few nips and tucks during the overall editing process, most notably Crocus Acadia. In the earlier drafts, she was a character clearly in the antagonistic category, one that was always quick to throw the book at Florys for every perceived transgression against the Lodge. Now she’s more of an Osiris-like entity. Not necessarily a villain. Attentively listening to all sides of an argument with equal impartiality before issuing a judgement upon a mortal soul, but never hesitant to fling you like a booger into the waiting sulfuric maw of a ravenous demon if your beating heart should tip the scales unfavourably against the feather of truth. She also sits upon a throne composed of fire – an idea which didn’t exist in the earlier drafts. Fire doesn’t hurt her. She’s a witch. A learned and experienced witch at that. You don’t get to be Vizier-Queen of any Lodge without being learned and experienced.


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The Journey of SILVER BROWN

Bless Its Pointed Little Head

The metamorphosis of my sixteenth chapter is progressing steadily at this point. I’m finding that the second half has been easier to edit than the first, since large chunks of it have already been written. Some paragraphs just needed to be rewritten to reflect the perspective of a different character, but all the main concepts are there at least.

This chapter didn’t really start pupating until I chopped off its head and made the head a chapter unto itself. I’ve been editing both these chapters simultaneously, and it’s amazing the number of interesting new appendages the head has grown since it separated from the body. The experience definitely brought John Carpenter’s The Thing to mind, which in my not-so-humble opinion ranks right up there with The Godfather and Star Wars as one of those timeless classics of cinematic excellence that every man, woman and child must see at least once before they die…


 

The Bullhorn of SILVER BROWN

Now Playing

Chapters Three and Four of SILVER BROWN (which are actually the fourth and fifth chapters respectively, the first chapter being designated Chapter Zero – if you’ve ever studied computer science you’ll get it) are presently being showcased on my Twitter feed. From now until August 10, give or take. One page at a time.

I change the pinned tweet on my feed frequently, and have been doing so for years. When I unleash one of these chapters upon an unsuspecting Twitterverse, I do that by pinning a new tweet to my feed every day at the crack of dawn – a task I don’t even have to roll my ass out of bed to accomplish, thanks to those newfangled smartphone thingies (what a time to be alive!). A never-seen-before brand spankin’ new page is unveiled to the world in said pinned tweet, always in correct sequential order in relation to the previous day’s page, so the fine folks at home can read along. And indeed, they do. Whatever you throw out into the Twitterverse will inevitably get read by somebody, even if it sucks.

Forgive me if I sound like I’m tooting my own horn, but there’s been a sharp uptick in my Twitter followership in the last week. We’re not exactly talking the kind of numbers following the likes of [insert name of current pontiff or flavour-of-the-month pop star or K-pop band here], but it’s indubitably a larger-than-usual increase over the number of followers I had from the previous week. I’ll take that as an indication that at least some people out there are amused as fuck.