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English: Scene of the Battle of Trafalgar

English: Scene of the Battle of Trafalgar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yea!! I’m writing a pirate battle today! What fun.

I love the  slash and whirl of flashing swords, the smell and taste of gunpowder in the air, the clank and hiss of blade on blade. Oh, the adrenalin!

And this time I get to write a birth into the middle of my battle.

Ahhh, I love what I do.

Now if only I could find a way to get paid to do it.

C. J. Thrush

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Well, I just came out of the closet.

 

Renovation

Renovation (Photo credit: HatM)

 

No, not the closet. Our hall closet to be precise, where we hang our coats and umbrellas. I’m remodeling it. Why? First of all, boy howdy did it need it. Secondly, we don’t have the cashola to remodel our office which is what I’d really like to do. And most importantly, remodeling is what I do while my subconscious is busy working out the solutions to writing problems that  have me stumped.

 

So I’ve put in a new floor –  left over cork from our kitchen project instead of the cracked and broken vinyl fake-red-brick – I’ve painted the closet a crisp white instead of the grungy battleship gray and I’m redoing all the moldings.

 

The closet is coming together. My story isn’t. What’s up, subconscious? Get with the program. I need solutions or I’ll… I’ll…

 

So, how do you discipline a lazy subconscious?

 

I suppose there’s always the linen closet.

 

Sigh.

 

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Hi Friends,

I’m struggling with a moral issue and I thought I’d write down my internal debate and see if any one else has any wisdom they might share with me. Luckily, this is a story issue for the sequel to Lady Blade. I’m so glad that I’m not likely ever to have to make this kind of decision in real life.

Early in the book, Francesca, my protagonist, tries to right a wrong.  She believes that an innocent woman is being put to death by an unscrupulous authority figure for his own ends. Francesca has no evidence except the word of another woman she has only just met. Francesca believes the woman is telling the truth. Francesca also has the unscrupulous authority figure in her pistol sights. He is unarmed and not physically threatening her in any way. Should she shoot him?

My gut reaction is no. To shoot someone down in cold blood because of something you think or even believe they did seems wrong. After all, whatever you think or believe may be wrong. You might be shooting an innocent man.

My writer’s group says shoot the guy. They say she’s making a mistake not shooting him if it will help save the innocent woman,  her own skin, will get rid of a bad guy, and will be just.

Personally, I don’t think I could do it. I couldn’t shoot someone who’s standing there unarmed, arms wide. Someone coming at me with a weapon, sure. Self preservation kicks in. Perhaps I just don’t have the moral certitude to make myself judge, jury, and executioner. I’m always fairly certain that I could be wrong about any given thing. So could any of us. That’s why we have due process.

We do live in a society were vigilantism is often applauded – at least in the movies. Look at all the superhero movies cramming the theaters. (Judge Dredd, Ghost Rider, Spawn all go in looking to kill.)Although usually the superheros at least try to capture the bad guy and hand him over to the law. Most of the death seems to be collateral. Still, should Batman have killed Joker when he had the chance? It would have saved lives, but he couldn’t foresee that. And isn’t that what separates the good guys from the bad guys? The fact that they don’t want to kill. That they want to let the law do the sentencing and executing.

Of course, in Francesca’s case, the authority figure is the law. The law has miscarried, and what recourse do those under the law have when the law won’t protect them. What do you do when there is no higher authority nearby. Does the authority figure’s perversion of justice give Francesca the right to uphold what she thinks is just?  We all have a natural desire to see justice prevail, but does there need to be some consensus as to what that justice entails, or is one person’s opinion enough? And isn’t it hubris to make yourself that person? Or is it a moral obligation?

Well, Francesca’s choice will set up most of the rest of the book. At the moment I’m not sure what that will be. Jeesh!

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There are an infinite number of ways to get from point A to point B. Never is this truth more blatant to me than when I’m working on a new novel.

 My new work, (cleverly titled Lady Blade Sequel at this point) has a specific staring point – point A, where the last book ended. That was predetermined. I also know where I want Francesca to wind up. (But I’m not telling.) In between – where I am now – is that overwhelming infinity.

 I suppose a clever and efficient writer would plot it all out on a graph, drop in the needed plot points in the correct places, and determine, if not the most direct line between A and B, the most effective in terms of plot and character.

 Sigh. I suppose I shall have to do that soon enough. But for now I’m enjoying letting my subconscious slosh and swim in the infinite possibilities in between. Every time my subconscious comes up for breath it brings along a new and exciting idea – or a stupid one. This is my favorite spot in writing. The rest is all just narrowing down the infinity.

 Here are some of the books I’m reading as research for the sequel – and to add to the Sea of Infinite Possibilities:

 Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest
Matthew Restall

Invading Colombia
J. Micheal Francis

The Women of Colonial Latin America
Susan Migden Socolow

Pre-Colombian Civilizations: The People and Culture of Southern America (Inca, Moche, Musica, and More)
Edited by Beatriz Scaglia

Women in the Inquisition: Spain and the New World
Edited by Mary E Giles

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