I just wrote a wedding scene. The story is romance…SciFi Polyamorous Romance, to be specific. But this doesn’t mean I’m almost done with this WIP; this story still has a ways to go.
I admit I have a fondness for romances where the wedding happens early on. Marriages of convenience, arranged unions and the like can be very romantic. You also have the advantage of getting to the sex sooner, but I digress…
One of the first Kingdom Come stories I began to write was about the arranged marriage of the Duchy of Drakeshead, on the western edge of the Kingdom. I focus on Charity, the Violet Duchess. You may have seen her on the blog before; I interviewed her once, and she appears in several stories in Under Loch and Key.
I was writing this shortly after giving birth to my youngest child, adding handwritten chapters to a journal as I used the breast pump. (Yeah. The breast pump did something fun to my hormones.) It’s quite steamy… a traditional political marriage on Kingdom Come forms an oligarchy of four men and four women. I have a spreadsheet that tells me how their honeymoon week functions. For seven days, they are paired with a different spouse, which forces the eight of them to have exactly one day and night where they get to know each spouse. On the eighth night, they’re all together. Of course, by then, they’re also all probably very tired.
I never finished Charity’s story, but it flavors many things that happen in the other stories. Her wife, Royal, (the White Duchess of Drakeshead) knows that Charity is disappointed that she’s still not pregnant several months after their wedding. (Royal gets pregnant on their first honeymoon night, with the Red Duke.) Royal asks Charity and one husband to accompany her on an extensive business trip, which is her sneaky way of helping her wife, Charity, get what she wants. Charity and Forest (BTW…he’s one of my Christian Slater characters) have plenty of free time on the trip, and by the time they come home again, Charity is happily pregnant.
This trip is seen in Allergies as Royal scouts out prospects to fill the positions of Counts and Contessas in the duchy. I haven’t rewritten that one yet… it head-hops badly. But I might keep Royal as a POV character, even though I usually reserve POV for main characters who end up in the HEA.
I digress. A lot. Woah… I’ve just rambled horribly.
Time to cut bait and skip to the goals:
The ROW80 Goals for the week:
- Do something writing-related every day: Yes. I’m almost done with the WIP and I have a short story due soon…they’re competing for my brain’s attention.
- Do some actual writing every week: Definitely. I’m almost done with The Postman in Shining White Armor.
- Engage with other writers every week: The usual, and I’ve been connecting with my Anthology-mates.
- Stay away from the NaNo story for at least a month: So far so good.
- Get sleep: I’m doing the right things (Ironically, that’s the title of the next WIP…) but they don’t always work. In particular, last night was horrible. I think it’s because I knew I had to teach today. I’ve taught that class for more than 10 years. I love doing it. Being in front of the class is easy. (It’s the grading of papers I hate.) But my stupid brain just has to race the night before, leaving me sleepless and miserable and sick.
The good news… The Garden of Eden anthology is out on Amazon, and it’s only 99 cents for now! It should be out on Nook and other outlets soon. My short story The Genesis of the Incorporeum appears in this anthology of weird speculative fiction.