Sunday, July 08, 2007


Y'all, seriously, I think some Higher Consciousness is pushing me to write this book. Every time I research it, everything clicks into place with decisions I've made about characters, setting, historical details...

An example. The following are bits from Chapter Six, and they were written about 3-4 days ago. Alec is taking Elspeth over a hill/mountain from Glen Orchy to his home in Glen Strae:

He smiled his thanks for the well wishes, and they lapsed into a companionable silence. She was glad of the respite, as the climb had become steep and she was more than a little winded. It didn’t seem to phase him at all, she noted with some exasperation.

A short while later, they crested the ridge and came out onto a flat scarp of rock that afforded a view down into the valley.

He shot her a grin over his shoulder as they picked their way down a rocky slope. He had dimples, she noticed briefly. But it was raining in truth by that point, and the scree underfoot was slick with wet. All of her concentration went to keeping her footing for a few moments.

And then last night I found out the mountain they would be crossing is Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh, and here's a description of it*:
Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh sits between Glen Strae and Glen Orchy. An ascent from Glen Strae is possible but the River Strae has no bridge and crossing may be difficult. The Ascent from Glen Orchy is partly on forest road but then on rough vehicle tracks, therefore careful navigation required. Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh is elongated into a single ridge orientated SW to NE. It has moderately steep slopes with rock outcrops and stony slopes. Good route finding can avoid these obstacles.
(*from this site)

Which, yeah, I descriptions fit lots of places in the Highlands. But still, it's like a horoscope: reading into it, it's a darn close fit.

Oh, and I got the July X up over on Compuserve. It was another good coincidence - one on description from within POV at the very time I was writing Elspeth going into Glenstrae for the first time and describing the surroundings!

Now on to my nightly word count - I need 1100 to round out Chapter 7 and hit my mini-goal.


Carol said...

Hi Jenny,
Don't you love it when everything falls into place in your writing?

I admire your tenacity. You really keep after your goals. If this is any indication of what's to come, I see nothing stopping you. Yea, Jenny!

Jenny said...

Carol -

I love it when a plan comes together. *g*

As for tenacity, yeah...that's one thing I will say for myself. Others may call it being bullheadedly stubborn (I am a Taurus) but it takes a lot to get me to quit, once I've set my mind on something.