No such thing as a free lunch

Well, the giri outline is done, and now I have to procrastinate further write the selected scenes I’ll enjoy!

Actually, for those of you who asked for the outline, it should be coming to you no later than Tuesday, depending on the virtues or lack thereof of tomorrow’s windshield repair man. The inserted scenes will follow as soon as possible.


On the real writing front, I revised another chapter today: the chapter in which Stephanus and Errol visit Esme, and Stephanus is attacked by Ma’at. It’s also the chapter where Geoffrey tells Errol about the Klarion curse. Unlike revising the first chapter, this writing is pretty good, and I’m happier with it after the fact. I have moved this action up a little bit in time, making S&E older when it occurs.

Now, the dilemna. The very next chapter jumps ahead too fast for this book, so I must add more to this chapter for padding to make the story work. New, original material. And here I’d hoped to coast a little bit longer on old stuff. Well, there is no such thing as a free lunch, I guess. So, here are some ideas I’ve had.

My thoughts so far? These are my possibilities.

1. Explore the conversation Stephanus has with Geoffrey.
2. Have Grandma stop by.
3. Do a scene with the other side of the family.
4. Have Errol and Stephanus interact with some of the Hathersage kids.
5. Something else that hasn’t come to mind yet.

So, I’ll be exploring new scenes over the next couple of days, and hopefully come up with some detailing tomorrow during tomorrow’s writing session. If I can pen a couple of new scenes in the original story, and some scenes from the outline, I will consider it a successful day.

See you all tomorrow.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.