Hah! Take that, you dratted bunny that showed up in the final fight scene! I have you foreshadowed now!
…Er. *Sweatdrop* A little explanation, yes….
I may have mentioned once or twice (or a dozen times, who’s counting) that the final fight scene in Seeds of Blood was much arrrrrrgh to write. Part of that argh was coming up with “How can the Big Bad be held off a few seconds at a critical moment?”
Well, as I was trying to figure out by poking stuff on Amazon if there was a way to make a holy oil dispenser-at-a-distance, I ran across something… completely different.
Very, very different. Something I didn’t even know existed. Something Myrrh wouldn’t have known existed at the start of this book – because it didn’t, about 20 years ago. Something I stared at, and blinked, and reread the description to be certain they were serious. Then looked it up on Wikipedia to check all the uses for it.
(And in the process found a sort-of related item that will also come in very, very handy.)
So. There was a potential solution to my problems. I jumped in full speed ahead and wrote it, and with a little more wrestling the fight scene was finally finished.
Now, on my third run-through, I’ve hit the perfect spot to foreshadow that particular item – by having a more modern character use it in an interesting spot. Where the particular properties of that item would very much come in handy!
I might want to foreshadow it or the related new thing again later, but the mention is in. Whew!