Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Blazing a New Trail

Well, it's time to do some re-thinking on Washed in the Blood. My last outline dates from this past Spring. The story has grown in substantial ways since then, and my line-per-scene no longer applies. The basic story remains the same, as does the climax and denouement. What has changed is the path connecting here and there.

This is a good time to stop and regroup. John is currently deeply involved in a crisi of faith. Thomas is poking him with sharp sticks and pointed questions to keep the doubt raging. The cops are searching for John and waiting for the autopsy results, which should be interesting. An outside investigator has shown up, one Michael Archer, who has been tracking Thomas for several years. His job is to convince the local cops that John is being framed, and that's going to be a long row to hoe. Everybody else is pretty much standing around with their thumbs up their asses waiting on me to show them where they're going from here. That's why they pay me the big bucks, right? Oh yeah, I'm not getting paid for this. Yet.

I'm really interested in how the forensics are going to play out. I can thank tambo for that. Ghosts and Threads have got me thinking in that direction. Blood will of course, play a major factor. I have to figure out how much is missing and how Michael is going to convince the locals to try to account for it. They, of course, are firmly convinced of John's guilt and are unwilling to admit any evidence to the contrary. Maggie was very well-liked in the community, John not so much.

I know there is one major complication coming John's way, in addition to the one he already faces (figuring out a way to get blood without getting deeper into his morass of sin and guilt). This poor SOB is in real trouble. Then there's the love triangle developing between Deborah, Thomas, and Michael. Poor Michael doesn't have a chance in Hell, since both of the other two hate his guts. Things can and do change, though. All's fair and all that crap. Wonder how Thomas feels about getting a freak on with another guy? Hmmmm.......


At 8:41 PM, Blogger Melly said...

Well, you managed to get me confused ;)

It actually sounds like you reall have it all pretty much figured out, or at least know where you want to go with things, which is the most importnat thing.

Now organize everything and voila - you have it made.

At 10:11 PM, Blogger Carter said...

My Mission Statement for WITB is:

Washed in the Blood tells the story of John Edwards, a traveling evangelist in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. John is a devout Christian who is forced to become a vampire, killing his wife in the process. The novel follows John on his journey in search of vengeance, forgiveness, and redemption.

Maggie is/was John's wife. Deborah is their daughter. She has a daughter named Alyssa. Thomas is a vampire and really not nice fellow at all. There's also a growing cast of bit players that keeping sticking their noses in.

I can see the near term pretty well, but getting them all to the church on time, so to speak, is going to take some further consideration. I still have about 75K words to fill out. Lots of stuff yet to come.

The thing about Thomas and Michael getting it on: would that be a plot twist or just a twisted plot? Heh heh.


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