Doing something a little bit different for this entry. Over at Crystal Collier's blog, she recently talked about the 777 challenge. The challenge is to take your current work in progress, go to the seventh page, count down seven lines, then share the next seven lines and talk about them. I thought it could be interesting and was worth trying.
However, my current WIP is a mysterious beast that's affecting me in unexpected ways, so I'm not going to mess with it by quoting any of it before it's done.
So instead, I'm delving into my plots-in-progress, because gods know I've got enough of those. I'll sample something from a significant seventh page of those, with a little surprise at the end. Let's see what happens, shall we?
From a magical army training sort of thing:
"[He] is already moving into a leadership role, while [she] is artillery and loves it."
This is one I'm actually in the middle of reworking, but the brother and sister described here will still fit with these roles. The new version of this is my current shiny new idea, just waiting until I'm no longer writing a book so it can fully take over my brain. >_<
From the working-titled Dragon Saga, part of one of many revisions:
"The council declares a trial by artifact – she must descend into the ruins beneath the city and retrieve something from the draconic days."
Ye gods. This story is currently on its fifth revision, and I think I've finally got it right, but I've said that twice already and it didn't work. I really do like the plot I have now and I think I can make it work, but only time will tell.
From one of the three books I plotted for this year:
"Volcanic craters that blaze with bursts of brilliant yellow light pour smoke into the sky. It’s a hostile environment to say the very least."
I really want this one to work out. Part 'The Amazing Race', part 'Guardians of the Galaxy', it's an interplanar journey heavily inspired by both GoTG and 'Firefly'. It still needs some character work, but once I figure that out, I think it'll be ready.
From a story inspired by a comment on a WoW site:
"This would mean altering the states of being of the gods themselves, but the humans believed it was the only way to make their world livable. Stupid humans."
Most of this is world work, with no character stuff at all yet. That's nothing new for me - sometimes I need to shape the world before I figure out who lives there and what their stories are.
From a sort-of fairy tale reworking:
"There are more kinds of magic than the mirrors my mother and all the queens before her favored. There are things that can be done with fresh blood."
Really not sure about this one. I was more interested in it before I wrote the antagonist's story from her point of view, as she became a great deal more sympathetic. I haven't worked on this since last year, so I'm not sure what will come of it.
From my original notes for my current WIP:
"When she’s freed, she’ll pull out [the sword] herself, turning back into flesh with a hole right through her chest."
My original notes were batshit crazy. This is one of the plot points that makes the most sense.
From page seven of The Book of Lost Runes:
"Shiloh bit back a gasp. The Lady of Chains. Just as Edwin said."
Not much I can say here without giving things away. I just wanted to post something from it, since I plan to start the editing process next week. ^_^
Which, coincidentally enough, will be my IWSG post for next week.