The thesis is done, turned in, and will be out for binding next week. This means I suddenly have quite a bit more free time, and it’s high time I dedicated some of it to fiction once again. Not just reading fiction, but writing it as well. Since I’ve never been one for writing scripts, and April is Script Frenzy month from the OLL (the wonderful, crazy people who bring us Nanowrimo every year), I’ve decided it’s high time that I start redrafting my first even Nanowrimo project, When All’s Said and Done. The characters have been on my mind of late, and it feels like it’s time.
There’s going to be major changes from the original draft to the second, in part due to the ramble I started scribbling last summer, one that’s brought a character that knows what’s going on inside the Institute into direct contact with Ky again, rather unexpectedly. Because Ridley knows a lot of what’s going on inside, more than Hadrian ever could find out due to the rapid decline of his health, some of the twists in the original draft will need to be reworked. It’s all Julia’s fault, really. She brought him to Damon (her cousin who happens to be Matthew’s longtime friend), which means Damon called Matthew and everyone got involved with each other quite a bit faster than in the original draft, though I think that having Damon knee-deep from the start will work better. He can still be a little annoyed with Matthew, but not nearly as annoyed as he was in the original draft.
Having Ridley there and able to tell Ky and Matthew things, however, does throw into question some plot twists, including the one that involves Tim Thatcher. I suppose I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. Before I do anything else, I need to decide what’s going to happen with the installation at Andover Commonwealth…whether they abandon it, or believe it’s secure in the wake of Ridley’s escape from the village with Julia’s help.
I imagine Reverend Stonard might pop up in When All’s Said and Done, too. He seems as if he’d make a good villain. And Laren, of course, trying to lay low. The Tina character may disappear completely, since the new version will begin in August rather than November.
A lot to think about, and only a few days before I begin to redraft! What fun will this be…