Thursday, June 30, 2011

Writing the First Flashback

I'm kind of excited about the flashbacks that are coming in book two of the Hemlock series. These scenes will take you back to some of the formative moments of the City, and should provide some good (and exciting) background on it. These scenes will also weave certain details from the first book into the over-arching story in a very clear way.

Dragons are also making their first (animate) appearance in the story in book two. I think they always bring a certain excitement and epic scope to a fantasy yarn, but I think the key for an author is to use them appropriately and try to avoid cliche. We'll see how I do on that front, but I am reasonably confident that my take on them will be somewhat unique.

My daughter hasn't been sleeping well for the past few weeks, which means that Mom and Dad haven't been sleeping either. I've lost some time due to this, but I am forging ahead as well as I can, under the circumstances. So far caffeine and perseverence have been my main crutches, although the predominance of the former will soon have to yield to the predominance of the later as my body simply runs out of energy to exploit. My "trials" often lead to better writing, so maybe this recent period of creativity I've been having should be attributed to my daughter...


  1. Sorry to hear about the little one having trouble sleeping. I do not do well when I don't get to sleep so I am glad that it brings out some creativity in you (I get angry). I am looking forward to the next installment of Hemlock's (and Merit's) story.

  2. I do get a "short fuse" when I get sleep deprived. So it's not all positive, but I try to look on the bright side. I think my daughter is either in a growth spurt or a terrible two moment where she is coming to grips with emotions and also realizing that she has more autonomy than she thought. Fun stuff! I'm sure you'll be traveling these waters soon with your little one (if you haven't already hit them).