Reading Thoughts, and Visiting an (Extremely Possessive) Old Friend!


‘The Gathering Storm’ by Brandon Sanderson (Book 12 of the ‘Wheel of Time’ series)


The one thing that was regularly levelled at the series was how it seemed to get too involved in the micro-management of the characters.  Yes, the evil is seeping is back into the world, we understand that is affecting everyone.  The cast of central characters is large, without even looking at the first- and second-level supporting characters.

It is still there, but Brandon is doing a wonderful job in balancing the scale.  There are still the first- and second-level characters, but putting them into scenes together instead of giving them their own sections does not make it seem so much like padding.

Enjoying it so far, but there is still over three quarters of the book to go (200 of 824).  Brandon is proving that his choice to complete the WoT series was a very good one =)

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I admit that, due to other tasks having been set, my ‘Big Project’ has been sorely neglected.  Efforts to find a readable and study-worthy copy of Avicenna or Galen’s medical manuals have been fruitless, and caused the complete stall of Chapter 4.

The purpose of my short stories was to give a break from a stalled project, and hopefully connect the neurons through another outlet.  ‘Mune and Mura’ helped to a degree, as ti got me through ‘Big Project’ Chapter 3 and up into Chapter 4.  OVCC#9 got started, and was going great guns until ‘Sayeh and Zia’ popped into my head once Chapter 2 was completed.

And now that OVCC#9 and S&Z are being juggled, the brain has (somewhat) unconsciously returned my focus to the ‘Big Project’.  The weather data tracking is now up to Book 6, and the brain is doing everything it can to keep me focused on getting all the locale weather data up to date RIGHT NOW!

This was a slightly long-winded way of apologising again for my Muse trying to throw many balls at me to juggle.  The data tracking will be completed tonight, in time for the Easter long weekend.  Four whole days!  My solemn vow is that there will be a scene from both OVCC#9 and S&Z posted by the end of this long weekend, and I will do my utmost to get some scenes ahead so my stalled brain does not cause lacking posts.

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Post 146.  Five more to go…


Greed and Charity

After far too long, some more of Chapter 3 for PoP has been written.  Unfortunately it was only 630 words, but it is a start towards a steady momentum.  The bit has got me back into study of Middle Ages water distribution systems.  But, more importantly, it has helped me clarify the positioning of the family Houses in the city layout, so now it will be easier to describe main pathways and where the characters are moving to and from.

I have updated my Category names slightly, due to my regular referrals to Book 1 as PoP.  Each Book now has its initials, such as Book 2 now showing PoK.  During the update, WordPress noted that the only Books that had not been categorised in any posts were Books 5 (PoA) and 6 (PoR).  Book 5 I cannot refer to, as it would reveal the ‘Game Changer’ component of the saga.  Book 6 I can give a small teaser for; tribes with the colours Azure, Vermilion, White, Black and Yellow.

I have a couple of thank yous to give out.  Firstly to DuckofIndeed, who is taking the time to create cover art for ‘Mune and Mura’.  To do such a thing for a complete stranger is extremely generous.  The second round goes to Emma McCoy, for her latest post which provided a character study template.  This has already helped me iron out some aspects of two main characters =)



1) (n) excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.

The definition’s focus on desire is good, as a desire for recognition can be considered a form of greed.  The character with this vice will be introduced in the first five chapters of PoP.  This vice will come to define the character over time, but will not be apparent in the beginning.  Their inspiration would give away why this vice would exist at all, so that’s hush hush for the moment 😉



1) (n) Generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless.

2) (n) Something given to a person or persons in need; alms.

3) (n) Benevolent feeling, especially toward those in need or in disfavour.

This character is currently one of four main characters scheduled to make their debuts in Book 2 (PoK), alongside Patience, Envy and Pride.  The pacing of introducing main characters is the hardest part to balance, as there are six introduced in PoP, four in PoK, two in PoD, and two will be ‘hidden’ throughout the story.

The character’s name will immediately give away who inspired them, but it was fitting.  Definition 1 is the closest to how I envisage them, with a greater focus on the ill aspect.  They will share a strong bond with Patience, through the sharing of a life-changing event… though they were on opposite sides in the conflict.

What do you view as the definitive idea of Charity?