There I am, sitting at my desk, working away on the sequel to Blood Rain, working title Blood Down the Bones.
Beautiful summer day, not too hot, gentle breeze, nicely sheltered from my mortal enemy, the sun. Cat sleeping on his perch nearby, spouse tending me with cups of hot and iced coffee. Perfect writing day, yes?
I finally make a decision I’ve been mulling for a few weeks, whether to kill off a certain character from Blood Rain.
I draft the scene.
Then I am overwhelmed with sadness. I had actual tears in my eyes. Sheesh.
I like the character I just murdered, and didn’t want to kill them, but it was the only way to move certain pieces into place in the sequel.
How does George RR Martin cope? I don’t know. Is he a secret (or not-so-secret) sadist?
R.I.P. imperfect but noble character, you died a good death. I’m sorry I had to murderize you. And in such a pitiless, horrible way, too. The motherfuckers. How dare they do this to you?!
Photo by Simone Dalmeri, used under a CC licence. I salute you as well, generous photographer