So, how did Alec find out about John's death? How did Straker deal with it? And how was the relationship between the two men affected by what had happened.
G. and I are now collaborating on a story that, hopefully, will answer some of those questions. It's not an easy story to do. I am fretting over every short phrase, every word. Mainly because I am doing it from Alec Freeman's point of view and it doesn't flow as naturally as I would like it to go.
Sometimes, as with 'Something to Share' or even 'Shepherd' the story simply pours out and needs little in the way of major overhauling afterwards ( apart from the usual tweaking/editing/revisions etc that I always do.) Once it is 'done' and finalised then I am usually happy to leave it alone. ( well, I did completely rewrite the FarSight trilogy and I am currently doing the same with DarkMatters.. but that is a different situation altogether.. a major plot flaw - well should we say not so much a plot flaw, but the realisation that the main character was not acting 'in character' as it were.)
But this story is sooooooooo much harder! I just hope it works out. If it does it will be utterly fabulous. Not because it will be a superb story ( which I hope it will also be!) but because it is something I have never attempted before, never dared to try and that, after all, is the whole purpose of writing. To push the boundaries and see what happens.
And for Christmas I got three books. ( well , a lot more than three books! ) but these are books on developing writing skills. So, one of my New Year's resolutions is going to be planning that story. 38,Windermere Close. (working title) It will be interesting to look back in a year's time and see just how far I have got with it. ..planning only.. No intention of actually starting to write it..yet!
I have ten UFO stories still waiting to be finished/written as well.