Well, I put “Running the Courir” aside for a week or so. I need some space on it, to think it through and see how to fix the deficiencies.
And in the meantime, I started a new story called “Fais Do Do”, which is all GA backstory, set after “Against All the World” and before “La Sagouine”. I ‘know’ that Aurélie (Andre’s wife and Pierre and Denis’ mother) died when Paul was about four, so this is before that. The story is also just about writing itself. I love it when the process goes this smoothly — but I also love it when it doesn’t. Not sure what that means, exactly, except that as I’ve said before, I love writing.
It feels funny to say ‘know’ about the stories, as though the people and their histories were real, but they kind of are, at least to me. One of my C! friends told me that after she finished an almost-novel length fic she was working on, she missed the story and the characters, almost as though they were old friends who came and shared things going on in their lives. I can sympathize with that.
The other thing is that as this world I’m creating grows, ideas about the people and what happened to them keep popping up. As I said, it’s almost as though all this really happened and I’m being told about it. And, yes, when the men in white coats come, just sign the forms in triplicate and look relieved. LOL! Really, I do know better. It’s only that some vein of creativity that has lain dormant for a long time has been tapped into and I am reaping the benefits thereof. It gives me great joy.