Week 1 was spent nixing countless ideas for back story, novel setting and characters. This has to be the most depressing aspect of the process because it takes a hundred “hell no, are you kidding?”s to reach that single “holy hell, that’s perfect!” (Notice that Hades is involved either way.)
Week 2 had us doubting the plausibility of the entire idea. We hung up the phone, stopped texting and told each other we would NOT talk about the novel and simply let the book marinate.
Week 3 proved that we are tenacious, if nothing else, because the “marinating” didn’t last more than 36 hours. I began a picture timeline, nailing down events and dates. Eric got a firm grasp on a character that had been eluding him.
And, week 4 looks to be spent doing my best to get a single blog post out of Eric because the man is showing all the signs of blogaphobia.
So, yes, it’s glaringly obvious that you can’t erect a 45-story glass and metal mega-skyscraper without first pouring a solid foundation. I know that. We know that. Which is why we’ve been slaving away to perfectly mix the concrete.
But, someone should check the receipt because I’m beginning to wonder if we accidently bought Bisquick instead of Quikrete.