On Saturday, I met with my co-writer, April, at her house to go over the first part of Chapter 5 in Shattered Mirror and then spent the rest of the afternoon brainstorming about where we wanted the story to go from here, we solidified the back stories of some of the characters, defined how certain creatures exist in our world vs. folklore and why we feel the need to change some things, added a new character and in general, ensured we're both on the same page when it comes to writing.
It's entertaining world-building with someone else. In all my other novel projects, I've done all the world-building myself, or else overlain my ideas on the existing world. This is the first time I've shared that responsibility with anyone else and while it can be frustrating at times, I think it's one of the better back stories, save maybe Chronicles and that's because I've been refining the world Chronicles is set in since 1994.
So, even though there wasn't a lot of actual writing during our get-together, it was a very productive writing session in its own right.
wishweaver took on the unenviable task of doing the final edit to The Price of Conviction, helping me trim about 2000 words out of it. She spent most of last night and a good chunk of today working on that. In the end, it dropped from 12740 words to 10610 words. And, I do admit, it reads better. Again and again, I have to say how happy I am that my wife and I can do things like this together and how lucky I am to have someone who's this patient with me trying to get my writing career started. Thanks, Wish.
We did take a short break in the editing today to go catch Spider-man 3 at the theater with dzeytoun. I didn't think it was quite as good as the first two, but what worries me more is Marvel seems to be going down the dark road that the Batman franchise went: Spider-man 1 - 1 villain (The Green Goblin); Spider-Man 2 - 2 villains (Doctor Octopus/Hobgoblin); Spider-Man 3 - 3 Villains (Venom/Sandman/Hobgoblin).
Plus, they completely wasted Gwen Stacy as a character. (Boo! Hiss!)
Still, I really liked the actor who played Sandman. He was one of the highlights of the movie as far as I was concerned.
Oh, well. There's still Shrek 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Pirates of the Caribbean 3 coming up in the next few weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed.