Yes, I know it’s actually Thursday, but calling this Tachygraphy Thursday or even Teleautography Thursday don’t have the same ring as Writing Wednesday.
Anyway, I just wanted to share something that will demonstrate what a dope I can be while writing.
I’m closing in on the final edits. I’m down to the last 50 pages. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m finally nearing the finish line.
And then this happens:
If you recall, this is my urban fantasy fairy tale novel, so it has magic, gods, demons, faeries …
Oh! Speaking of faeries, the characters in the know — the ones familiar with the supernatural and cryotozoology — always call them faeries, spelled with the E. On the other hand, when mere mortals talk about them, with a smirk because they know they don’t exist, they say, fairies, with an I.
Will changing the spelling back and forth like that confuse the reader? Should I go with one common spelling?
OK, tangent over. The novel is filled with mythological beings and references to ancient historical sorcerers and philosophers, blah blah blah.
I’m at a point where my MC is being attacked by an Egyptian mythological creature and he has to remember a passage from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to save himself. As I’m editing, it suddenly occurs to me that the scene could use a humorous reference to why the MC would remember said passage in the first place. Therefore, I’m creating a short anecdote about how and why a certain ancient Egyptian magician/philosopher taught it to him.
But I don’t know the names of any ancient Egyptian magicians!
Now, instead of completing my edits so I can send it out to beta readers, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of research.
(A gasp can be heard in the audience.)
And it looks like finishing edits today isn’t going to happen.
Tomorrow doesn’t look so promising either.
Anyone have any names of ancient Egyptian philosophers/sorcerers/priests they could throw my way?
Otherwise, I’ll be making a run to the library on my lunch hour.