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Challenge: PerNoEdMo: Day 13: Lichtenberg Scars and Flood Myths


Today’s rereading begins on page 331 of 408.  I’ve decided what needs to be set alight.  I need to decide how active a role my protagonist takes as a magic defibrillator.  Tonight I’m watching videos of people administering and being saved by portable defibrillators–and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I want to describe someone being revived by a defibrillator accurately.

This morning I’ve backed up to 329 of 408.

Today involved going back and trying to determine if not a map of my antagonist’s fortress then at list a descending-ascending list of where each of the rooms visited are in relation to one another.

The same coworker asked me today if I’d heard of Lichtenberg scars (to which I answered enthusiastically “yes!”).  He may be responsible for scarring my antagonist.  I’ve not decided wholly yet that this will happen, but I’m pretty sure that it will.

Today’s other highlight was “writing” a paragraph while driving to work and having to sit a moment in the car after parking to be sure that I could get it on paper.

And there was an unrelated question that floated across my brain while working:  Does this world have a flood myth?  All (most) of our cultures have a flood myth.  Probably all of the fictional world’s cultures should have one too.

At my farthest point, I’ve edited to page 338 of 408 and have 139,800 words.  I’ve added no scarring.

Challenge: PerNoEdMo: Day 11: Problem… Solving?


With a clearer mind, I am rereading again from page 323 of 407.

I have such pretty ideas for where this particular scene should take place–and then discovered that it was missing a crucial feature that I needed for the plot.

Today Kid of The Gate in the Wood was a good sport and listened to and gave me ideas to circumvent this problem.  Thank you, Kid!

Today’s research returns me to injuries surrounding lightning strikes.  Did you know that you are more likely to survive a direct than an indirect lightning strike?  Burns are apparently surprisingly rare, manifesting in less than a third of lightning strike victims.

Gah!  It took me so long to get this scene right originally where the tree limb fell on him and gouged him badly.  Now that I’ve stripped the area of trees, I have to figure out what sort of mendable injuries I can give him through an indirect or direct lightning strike.  Is this really worth it?

Special thanks today also goes to a coworker who covered my 15 minute break.  During that break, I rewrote the above problem scene fresh with no previous work to get in the way, and sketching out the scene, discovered a crucial fact of nature: lightning forks.  I need not only have one strike point.  Problem solved!  I came back and buoyantly told my coworker of my success.  And he asked me one of those questions that writers are blind to and only a reader can spot, flooring me.  I’m still puzzling over the answer.  He also gave me names of all kinds of books for culture research.  So thank you, coworker!

Now I’m home, and I just can’t make myself want to open up the document and chisel away at the original to try and discover a solution to my problem.

At my farthest point today, I had edited to the very bottom of page 331 of 407 and as of right now I have 139,622 words.