A Monday Moment: Growing Closer

The following is the main character of “Pursuit of Power,” Alexander, musing about his relationship with Leahna, the secondary main character. The musing is directed at Drear Dark, the narrator of this series of books, years after the events in the book would have happened.


I’m not sure I could tell you when Leahna and I started to become closer. I know you’re looking for accuracy and details for these accounts you’re compiling, but I’m not sure I can be very specific on this one. I’d like to say that’s because our friendship just grew so smoothly it’s hard to find the point where we became as close as we were by the time I met you. But the truth is, it’s probably just because I was so wrapped up in my own stuff, I didn’t pay that much attention. In fact, for a while, it was almost as if we were both avoiding becoming friends at all.

When we first met, we both kept our relationship professional, almost to an extreme. I was only intent on practicing my Power use, and on not giving her a reason to decide she didn’t want to train with me any more. I was paranoid about that a lot, after some time of running through Clerics. If it hadn’t been for my mom, I’m not sure we would have ever started to feel more like friends than training partners.

I will say that I probably faked familiarity for a while. Not on purpose, really, but I think part of me felt that if I made her feel a sense of loyalty to me, out of friendship, then she would choose to continue training with me, despite being very busy at the time. When you write about this, make sure you include that I felt terrible later for the way I treated her. Pretending to be her friend, all the while lying to her.

In fact, when I finally told her the truth, that’s probably when things changed at least a little bit. Well, and because of what happened shortly after that. You know how tragedy can put things into perspective? We certainly had our share of that.

It was probably when she started calling me “Lex.” If you know Leahna at all, and I guess you do, you know that she is very polite, even formal. My mom’s the only one who ever called me “Lex,” but there was a point that I first noticed Leahna was referring to me by that nickname. It was while we were in the desert. I’m pretty sure she’d been using it for longer than when I first realized it. It felt natural, not weird like I would have expected it to, out of her mouth. So I guess that’s about it, the answer to your question–sometime between me telling her the truth and our time in the desert. That’s when we became best friends.

Daily Challenge Check-in: September 14, 2015

Words/Time: 40 minutes, half of which was revising “Pithea.” I further streamlined Missy and Drear’s conversation and stopped at the beginning of last big scene, which contains the climax and other major things.

I started my writing time again doing some of the activities in my second post of NaNo prep activities. I feel behind in my own assignment, because I’ve had sporadic time to work on this lately. Our 5-year-old is in an awful “fight bedtime” phase right now, which narrows my normal evening writing time by a lot. Plus I still have revising work I need to be doing.

Daily Challenge Check-in: September 13, 2015

Words/Time: 35 minutes, 20 of which was revising “Pithea.” The initial discussion between Missy and Drear makes more sense now, since before it was written as if Missy had been gone for 8 hours, when it was really more like 1.5.

I started my writing time doing one of the activities in my second post of NaNo prep activities. I only did the one because I knew my writing time was limited and I needed to get some revision in. I wrote a good bit for it though, and my hand started hurting quickly. It does that when I write by hand now…guess I’m not used to it enough anymore.

Daily Challenge Check-in: June 10, 2015

Words/Time: 30 minutes finishing the introduction of Drear, the narrator of “Pithea.” I then added that to my story blog, Made in Pithea, and proceeded to make the first post. Granted, that first post was mostly a copy & paste of the introduction to “Pithea,” but it still took some time to get ready and post. I’m happy I’ve been able to find some light work to do during this busy week, and come Monday, it’ll be back to actual revision.

Daily Challenge Check-in: June 9, 2015

Words/Time: 20ish minutes working on a character profile for a new blog I’m setting up. I’m going to split things related to writing as a whole (my daily challenge check-ins, new group of “Write Every Day” posts, NaNo-related things) or my personal posts apart from posts about my story–the world, characters, plots, etc. I’m moving all of the latter to a blog called “Made in Pithea.” I’m working on getting it up with some pages of information (mostly about the narrator, whose voice I will use for most, if not all, of the posts and about the world I have created) and at least one beginning post. Then I will slowly introduce more characters, explain more of the world, and maybe drop some actual story now and then. I’m kind of excited, yet acutely aware that I’m a major novice at design, so the blog will be very plain. I actually have an idea for a sort of main image for Pithea (both the country and the book), but I’m just not a graphic artist of any kind. So that’s still a faraway dream. Anyway, yay, I got stuff done! Now I need to sleep for another early morning.

NaNoWriMo Day 26

The Words: 2947 written today. I realized at the exact right time today that the weekly virtual write-in was starting. For the first few weeks, I was gone every Wednesday, and the weeks after that, I just kept forgetting. I got lucky today and joined in. I wrote 1900 during that, and the rest in the evening. I haven’t watched the videos for the other virtual write-ins, but I have to admit, the prompts weren’t the most helpful today. I know you don’t have to write with the prompts, but they intrigued me, so I did. Things like: What is your protaganist’s ideal ending? What would your antagonist be doing if they didn’t have anybody thwarting them, and if all their plans succeeded? I couldn’t help but want to explore those questions. But I’m close to the end of my novel, and just need to finish this battle scene!

The Story: Leahna had the rest of the wounded opponents who had been left on the battle field brought back to the militias’ camp so she could continue to try to mend their injuries. Back at the camp, she came across a familiar face standing guard on the edge of camp. His name is Drear Dark, and he is actually usually the narrator of my stories. However, as I have forgotten that part, I’ve been writing this one third person. That is something I will have to remember during my early revising. Him being there also brought to my mind that I forgot to incorporate a huge event that Leahna would have been involved with, that happened in last year’s novel. I don’t know how I forgot. It didn’t affect her directly, but it did affect a close friend of hers, so she would have been involved. Another note for the first revision.

Total word count: 96,753

day 26