Archive for April, 2010

Chapter Sixteen

April 29, 2010

They’re coming thick and fast, and I understand how some of you younger readers may be busy with end-of-school stuff to keep up.  But the plot is definitely thickening!  

We get a few things explained in this chapter–finally!  But we’re not to the end of the story yet, so the purpose of the explanation is to satisfy some curiosity but also to raise more questions.  Were you surprised to find out who’s also a prisoner?  Does his story (as far as it goes) make sense?  Read it here.

Chapter Fifteen

April 29, 2010

Two more characters introduced in this chapter, plus a closer look at someone we’ve met.  Since you know Bat Boy is in the vicinity, it won’t be giving anything away to ask at this point: do you think he might be a friend or a foe?  Or . . . neither?   Go here to read the chapter, then  please come back!

Chapter Fourteen

April 23, 2010

Roy Ray finds himself in a place that could be anywhere.  The situation doesn’t look that threatening at first–it’s comfortable and his host seems friendly, but what hints do you see that that this place may not be as nice as it seems?  Also, two new characters appear who aren’t really new at all.  One you’ll recognize, the other probably not.  I’d say more, but I don’t want to give any more away.  The question is, this chapter introduces a brand-new situation and you don’t know any more than Roy Ray does.  But you should at least know that much.  That is, you should feel the same kind of curiosity he does and want to find out what’s going on.  But if it’s too confusing, you’ll just feel. . . . confused.  So what is it?  Are you curious or confused?   Go here to read the chapter, then let me know what you think.

Chapter Thirteen

April 20, 2010

“The die is cast”–ever heard that saying?  The Roman general and politician Julius Caesar supposedly said that when he made up his mind to go to Rome and start a war with his rival Quirinius Pompey.  Then he led his army across the Rubicon River and the war started.  Ever since, “crossing the Rubicon” has become a figure of speech for making a decision or performing an action that you can’t back out of.  Most stories have a “crossing the Rubicon” moment, or several, and here’s Roy Ray’s moment.  But he doesn’t exactly cross the Rubicon–he’s carried over it.  He didn’t make the decision, but he’s going to have to bear the consequences of it, and at first it looks like . . . But I don’t want to get ahead of myself.    You can read the chapter here.

My main question for this chapter is, do you understand what’s happened at the end? And did you see it coming?

Chapter Twelve

April 15, 2010

Everything’s in place for Roy Ray to set off on his journey, but a few details need to be taken care of here. For one, Roy Ray has to get Delphi on his team so she’ll be there when he needs her later, but since she’s reluctant to get involved, he needs to give her a good reason.  What do you think of his reason–does it make sense?

 I’ve mentioned “ominous” before, but this is the chapter for ominous.  The title of the chapter gives it away, but there are two specific things that help create that bad feeling.  One is said, and one is done.  It seemed to me that I needed a whole chapter to set up a sense of ominous-ness about the tour.  But maybe not.  Should I just get on with the tour?

Chapter Eleven

April 12, 2010

This chapter sets up a big change in Roy Ray’s fortunes–things can’t go on the way they have been.  There’s also a change inside him that’s not as easy to spot.  What do you think of these changes?  Read the chapter here.

Chapter Ten

April 5, 2010

We’re almost halfway through the novel now, and I hope things are happening a little faster.  You may be disappointed in one character, and confused about another, but stick with me.  Is this story finally off the ground (so to speak) for you?  Check it out here.

Chapter Nine

April 1, 2010

Nine is a classic detective chapter–at least I think so.  Herein a question is answered, but more questions are raised.  We also raise some deep philosophical questions, such as how an author keeps the pages turning, and what year should a classic automobile be.  Read all about it here, and I hope to see you among the comments.