Yikes! It’s December. How’d that happen?
Almost another year gone and still no finished book to speak of.
Ah, well. Soon my pretties, soon.
Yes, I’ve been saying that for years, but I mean it this time.
I’ve gotten feedback from several alpha readers. There are plot and character issues I need to fix before I can move on to beta readers.
One of those issues is the secondary plot. It didn’t come into play until much later in the book and now I have to go back and weave it into earlier parts.
In Nacerma, there is a growing underground religious movement. It wasn’t adequately addressed previously.
Mischa and Aadi are part of this movement in different ways.
Aadi is simply a girl trying to be a faithful Catholic despite the dangers of being caught.
Mischa is more radical. He, along with three others, use more extreme tactics against the government.
I’ve had Declan helping me get a fight scene in which Mischa is a part. He doesn’t do any fighting in this scene, but the scene shows the extent of what this group of rebels will do in their quest for religious freedom.
I can hold my own in a fight, but I fight like a girl. This doesn’t work so well when you have two male characters who actually have upper body strength. And who’s idea of fighting doesn’t include pulling hair and scratching out eyes.
He has some excellent fight scenes in his books, which are detailed and easy to visualize.
Mine, apparently, not so much, if Declan’s comments are any measure.
Unlike Hollywood, though, I like a bit of realism in my fiction.
Size and strength matter in real life.
Girls and women who are the size of toothpicks are not going to be able to hold their own against most men without assistance or training. They are still likely to get their butts kicked, but they won’t go down easily.
Of course, the same applies to men. Size and strength are an advantage, but so are speed, skill and experience.
I did some research several years ago on martial arts history and philosophy.
In the US, flashy moves by fit, young adults are ooo’d and ahhh’d over, because it’s seen as a hobby of sorts.
In places where martial arts had practical uses outside of a show ring, they understood the reality of aging.
As one ages, they slow down and lose strength. However, that doesn’t put masters at a disadvantage. What they lose in speed and strength, they make up in skill and experience. They gain wisdom that is lacking in hot headed youth.
That is what I want in my books. The realism of life.
Obviously, not all realism, because it is fiction after all. But, I want it be grounded in realism.
If all goes as planned, look for Path of Angels to come out the New Year.