I Couldn’t Help It

Posted: November 25, 2014 by writingsprint in Nanowrimo
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“Captain! A little bird told us that you have our guns. We’d like them back.”

“Beg to differ, there, mister. I don’t know what you’re talking about. This is a shipment of light bulbs and bed sheets.”

960 words today, well below goal, but I’m tired and need to get some sleep. I’m planning to finish hard over Thanksgiving weekend.

I re-did the novel’s post-it wall with one sticky per scene, to give myself a better idea of what the big picture looks like and where the gaps are. One big gap was an arms shipment that Risha hired Raffa to do early in the book. Originally I planned to have things go haywire when he dropped off the guns.

But they’re in a yard filled with storage containers.

And there are cranes nearby.

Guns. Cranes. A ship captain with a sense of humor. Think of the possibilities!

So I added a comment in the margins, “just for fun,” and I started going crazy. Maybe it’ll make it into the book, maybe it won’t, but this is the kind of fun stuff the story needed. The author sure as hell needed it.

Weird research of the night:
Vital statistics of a Firefly-class freighter
Vital statistics of a Chinook helicopter

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