Last Day on Earth

In honor of the Fauxpocalypse, I thought I’d share one of my favorite songs (as well as some tidbits about my projects):
This song always reminds me of Chris. If it was the last day on Earth, he would be the person I would want to spend it with. And, considering that today might have been, this indeed became my plan. We hung out and did our usual stuff: errands, cleaning, and working. He on programming, me on writing.

Chris was one of the first believers in my Sleeping Beauty retelling. We would play Tetris for hours and discuss possible plots. If it weren’t for these discussions the book would never be as far as it is today – over 51k!

I wrote nearly 2k today and hit a bit of a snag: As I’m approaching the ending, I realized I didn’t know… precisely… how it ended. I knew who died and lived (and yeah, I’ve totally had the death scenes written out for weeks, because that’s how I roll), but beyond that… not a clue.

But we just went outside and walked around the yard in the dark, and figured out the whole, twisted ending, with hidden motivations that could surface in a sequel. And that made me incredibly happy.

The process of coming up with a plot is long, slow, and yes, magical. It’s a type of faith, to go into a story with only the most basic of plot points, and trusting your own subconscious to fill in the rest. Often I go into a story with no real idea of what will come next. But it does come. Miraculously, the story works itself out.

Of course, it does help when you have someone to bounce idea off of :-)

One of the better Fauxpocalypses, I believe…

6 thoughts on “Last Day on Earth

    • savannahjfoley says:

      Haha :-) The problem with teasers is a) the story could change and the teaser becomes outdated, b) the story has so many plot twists that unless I post something in the first two chapters (which I already did), then I’d be giving away major plot points.

      I’ll think on it and see what I can do. :-)

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m just glad the world didn’t end before we get to read your story… :)

    That’s awesome that you and Chris can talk plot points! And play Tetris while doing so!

    Maybe you could post Teasers of scenes you change or cut as you revise? That way we get a taste of the story…and you don’t give anything away :) Or character interviews! Those are teaser-ish and fun :)

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