Hey all! Just want to mention that I did do my exercise hour in the pool. Didn't noticeably sweat, but my legs felt like jelly when I got out. ;-)
Anyway, I finally felt the call to return to Doorways about a week ago and started to rewrite the first scenes. Although these scenes are far from perfect, I know that they are a huge improvement on the hasty scribbles I had penned down as a rough draft.
There are, however, some hiccups.
For one thing, I had worked in an aspect to the story that wasn't there before. This change means that the relationship between Ward and Callan has changed. As well as the impression one gets of Ward as a person. On one hand, this change makes things simpler, but it also makes things complicated. Sigh. But I guess it will make for better reading.
Then, one of my characters has developed a crush on Callan and is still fighting with me because of the fact that I shipped her with someone else. Let's just say he's really vocal about it. I guess I will give him a shot (because I really like him), but I fear that this will lead to a disaster for all involved. Once again. Brilliant reading. Not nice to write, knowing what is going to happen as result of this guys choice. And he will not be dissuaded.
And finally, because of the fact that Quinlan arrived on the scene unplanned during NaNo, and because I think he's awesome, one of my other supporting characters has to be sent back to obscurity. Bad thing is that he might be needed later in the series. So things are a little complicated. I'm thinking that maybe his sister (who now also has a rather threatened existence due to the above guy's tendre) could mention him to Callan. But I'm still working on it, since he was introduced toward the middle of the story.
And no. I didn't create her just to keep that guy distracted. She was supposed to have been his match, where few people are able to match him. And they weren't supposed to like each other. At all. But I think things will remain that way, since she is very likely to play a bigger part later in the series...
Guardian still calls me, but I'm much more concerned with getting the Doorways rewrite done. After all. April isn't that far away...
What about you? Do your characters sometimes run amok with your plans for the story? What are you working on?