Well, well. Summer marches on. It seems so lovely and endless when June begins, and then suddenly it's mid-August and everyone panics because there's only a month left. Summer happens to be my favorite season, so I'm among the panicking crowd when I realize that my days of sunning and relaxing are nearing an end.
It does mean that I'll pick up a regular writing schedule again, hopefully. I've got at least half a manuscript due to my publisher in November, and since I've written approximately 500 words total, looks like I'll be buckling down sooner rather than later. Nothing like a deadline to strike fear into the hearts of authors.
Speaking of that manuscript, I thought for a long while about the subject of the novel. A couple of years ago I wrote Tinder, and then earlier this year the sequel Embers came along. I got mixed reviews for Embers. Most were favorable, but some were not. It was interesting to me that the "not" ones made a point of saying that while they could find no fault with the actual writing, it was the character of Morgan Daniels that they objected to. And in one or two cases, Chris' reaction to him.
It made me feel bad for Morgan. Because I like him. Morgan has conversations with me from time to time. If that sounds a little bit on the insane side, ask any author if they hear their characters' voices in their heads. More often than not, they'll tell you yes. (Including Stephen King, who's been quoted many times as saying he talks to his characters.)
In any case, Morgan had a few things to say about the reasons why he does the things he does or why he thinks Chris responds to him in a negative way sometimes. I listened and I nodded (not out in the OPEN, where people could see me, okay?) and I tried to explain to him why some people who read his story would see things differently than he did. Because I, too, could easily understand why Morgan would be critcized for his behavior.
He didn't get it. He is a man, after all.
So I offered to let him tell his side. He agreed. I started the third and final installment of the Tinder series two days ago, this time from Morgan's POV. Chris isn't sure how he feels about that, but Morgan and I feel good. Morgan should get his turn. Maybe it will shine a more favorable light on him, maybe it won't, but I owe him the chance because he's basically a good guy who loves his partner.
Shouldn't we all get the chance to tell our side of it?