A few people have expressed interest in “how do you write this stuff?”
Well, first I get a pile of scrap paper….
No, seriously. I find it a lot easier to get started on an idea on scrap paper than clean sheets of paper. That way I can get over the mental hump of “but this idea’s not good enough!” by reminding myself this is just scrap paper, if the idea’s no good I was going to recycle it anyway.
Second, I got lucky through writing fanfic and found a few people who share part of my quirky view on SF&F, who are willing to give me feedback and add to the insanity.
…So. A bit of notes used for Seeds of Blood, in part produced by tossing things with a few beta-readers as I was hacking out scenes, and certain things redacted not to spoil surprises.
Chang might have shown her the gesture. In which case, Dorren might have demonstrated it for Myrrh – and Church – when they asked her about details.
Hmm. And it’d be effective against evil in general, so Myrrh still might not tag “X monster” yet.
“Effective against evil in general” would be something a minor practitioner who knows the odds would collect. After all – not many people have good enough memories to correctly ID something very rare and remember the precise requirements to nullify it.
Y monster bit, cut and move to later, along with the X monster bit of the lecture. Instead, have a scene with Stimson showing up, interacting with the “seedlings”, and bringing an offering to the cave opening? And the offering could include alcohol, among other things. Something to do subtle hints of “not just a fay here.”
One question would be “are they gone, or are the traces gone?” And, “do we only see these turning up at newer sites?”
X monsters are patient, but… a Y monster probably wouldn’t be hanging around that long, before moving. Granted, to them, five years is “not long”.
True. But? Hanging out in a cave in a barbaric American city. No Y’s going to stand for that. And given that Stimson is needing to calculate how to get it not to kick things off too soon… So the X monsters are likely a relatively new development. …eep.
So for older sites Stimson must have gotten seeds…
Suggesting Steven had something brewing in the works. (Leading to bringing Y monster in recently.)
*EG* Yes, there are lectures. You don’t think Myrrh plans to fight evil all by herself, given the vampires have come out of the crypts, so to speak? There are definitely going to be lectures. With people making videos.
(AKA monsters want to come out of the shadows and ban hawthorn and silver? Ooookay. Here’s how to give a vampire a Bad Day using your average kitchen ingredients….)