Well, WriMos, today is the day that the story’s bad guy, aka Alaric Raynd, made his entrance. Okay, yes, technically that was yesterday when we met his sister Lucia and he dropped by for an unplanned visit, but today we got a little inside his head.
On the outside, Alaric looks a lot like Karl Urban (photo at right). You know, the actor from New Zealand who plays Bones in the Star Trek reboot movies, although I knew him back from his guest spots on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. On the inside, though, Alaric’s anything but nice.
He’s the guy behind Ye Olde Hyena Massacre that almost completely wiped out our MMC and FMC’s entire families. He’s the guy who will stop at nothing to make sure the prophecy centered around himself doesn’t come true. He’s the guy who will eliminate anything that gets in his way, even if it’s his own sister.
That last part? I only found that out tonight as the story unfolded. I mean yes, I knew eventually his sister would turn against him, but I didn’t think it would be until later. That’s one of the interesting things about writing without a plan. You never know which plot bunny is going to hop across your field of vision and leave a carrot. Tonight, I got two. The important one of the two will play out in the pieces of the plot I’d already worked out for the climax of the tale, which now make so much more sense.
It seems that my brain knew what it was doing when it was answering those pesky plot questions back in October. The best part? Getting it all tied together so that the story is (hopefully) richer and more intriguing.
With only five days to go before the deadline, I’m still on track to hit 50,000 words on Saturday and win NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. That’s almost as exciting as seeing where these characters are taking me, and what other little bunnies will show up along the way.