For those of you keeping an eye on the word count on the sidebar of my blog, you might notice a slight... drop in Bear Necessities. Just an itsy-bitsy-half-my-work one. Tiny, really, in the grand scheme of things.
It's a painful thing when you realize you have to rip out half the book and start over. But I finally realized why I was having such problems with this book.
Bunny doesn't like to share. And he really, really wants Tabby.
So Julian is going to be a friend of Tabby's who will get his own book (I'm thinking of pairing him with a friend of Tabby's named, of all things, Cyn). Bunny will get his little wolfie mate. And I get to keep all my hair, because tugging it out while arguing with my characters is not fun.
It sets me back by two weeks, roughly. I did the rough "ripping" today, gutting half the story to get rid of the M/M/F and turn it into a M/F. Now I have to go back over my work and make sure that there aren't any gaping wounds left. Then I get to rework the outline a little to make sure Julian still gets a little air time but isn't integral to the HEA. And after that, I write. I'm not back to square one, I'm back to square one point nine, but this decision feels right.
"I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability." Ron White
"So let me get this straight. You want me to kill the little guys, kill the big guys, crowd control those I can't, buff the team, debuff the boss, keep myself alive, AND keep you alive, all while waving a stick and dressed in a towel?" - Anonymous Role Playing Gamer
"I think that statue over there is a statement on modern life. The statement is, "Well, shit." - Varric, Dragon Age II
"Why is it all claws and guns? Can't we piss off a fuzzy planet? Still dangerous, but hey. Bunnies." - Joker, Mass Effect
"Last night, I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?" - Dilbert
"Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success." - Annie Oakley
"It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly." - Flemeth, aka The Witch of the Wilds, Dragon Age 2
"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.'” - George Carlin
"I hear there's a wild bridge tournament down the street. And you know Bridge. It's a lot like sex. If you don't have a great partner, you'd better have a good hand." Barry Weiss, Storage Wars
"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." - Marcus Cole, Babylon 5, "A Late Delivery From Avalon"
"I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Malcolm Reynolds
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
“If you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.” - Henry Ford