Important Lesson

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I learned an important lesson about research today. Here I was writing this fantastic fight scene between my hero and what I thought was a kind of werewolf demon called a Leyak. The book I was using gave it the perfect description for what I needed– something scary.

In the middle of the battle, I stop to do a little further research online and learn my Leyak is something else entirely — a floating head with entrails — and it feeds on newborns.

Ew.
Seriously.
Ew.

So, it was back to the drawing board.

Tip: Research your demon “before” you write a kick-ass fight scene.

I am, however, having a little bit of trouble in other areas. This is horror with a little romance thrown in because well, Nikolos is just plain hot. But it’s a scary book, or maybe closer to urban fantasy. Problem is, in between the fighting and magic, my heroine keeps popping off. It’s funny stuff, too. Just don’t know if a little humor can fly in what’s pretty much a dark book. I’ve got a killer villain that just might keep me up at night and she wants to bait him. I’m just going to keep working on it as is and see how it turns out. I don’t want to weight her down too much now in the roughdraft. She’s stubborn enough to just shut up altogether.

In other news, I added more designs to the Write Snark store and shuffled things around so the main page didn’t have sooo much on it. Made a couple of extras sections and added funny, headless designs like these…

Can you tell I was feeling snarky today?

I also have music recos, but the formatting is giving me fits and I don’t have time to do this all in html. I’m off to meet with the school to discuss my daughter’s highschool class choices. HIGHSCHOOL!

Still, this is way better than the call I got from my son’s elementary school today. He wasn’t in trouble this time, his teacher said. She just wanted me to know that he had stuck two halves of an entire orange in his mouth at lunch and ended up nearly choking to death. One of the ladies in the cafeteria knew the Heimlich. This child…

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8 Comments

  1. I repeat Bonnie “eeew on Layak!” Man that’s a bummer.

    Love the new designs! My fav is Hell hath no fury… hehehe.

    Boys, I tell you what. This is why God did not give me one. He knew I’d either kill him, or he’d end up doing it himself by just being a boy. Hope he’s ok though.

  2. What gets me is I used this same research book for two other baddies in my WIP. I’m going to spend some time this weekend researching.

    My son… is my son. Having a boy is lovely, really lovely–they are so sweet and hug you constantly. I don’t want to say all boys are difficult, because I’m sure they’re all different –but he’s just so curious! And confident and he’s a daredevil. But he’s also bored out of his mind in class, so he gets in trouble a lot. I still can’t believe he turned blue yesterday. Scares me to death. I’m getting that lady flowers next week.

  3. Holy Cow!!
    Turned Blue!!

    My heart would stop beating.

    You gotta love boys. There is never a dull moment.

    Of course, I’ve discovered that girls can give you their share of gray hairs, too. They just do it differently.

  4. I think some good humor would be good in a dark book. It would provide some destraction, like a subplot, that keeps the reader coming back for more.
    Mind you, hard to be funny around an entrailing head eating babies.

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