I really had to struggle with what to do after Maddox resigned. Argh! Some of that went on forever. Once again, I wrote a scene, decided it was wrong, copied it and plunked it into the "save" file, wrote another... The save file is getting long. Better a long save file, though, than a long novel that sucks.
Many of the scenes didn't pass my test. I can't exactly describe the test except that the scenes I rejected made my brain feel as if it was trying to run away and cower in the kitchen. (I have a kitchen?) The problems varied from "This is dull" to "Maddox wouldn't do that" to "Leona is acting like an idiot."
But finally, after several days of trying, and after posting a question about "what happens next" in the Think Tank, I got it. Maddox gets arrested! Goren pressed false charges against him, accusing him of framing Goren of treason so that he could get a chance at having Leona. Just when Maddox thinks the worst possible thing has happened to him -- something even worse happens. Yes! That's exactly what I was looking for. All those people who tell you to plot stories by asking "What is the worst possible thing that could happen to this character?" and "How do I make things worse for my charcter?" are right, of course. (Well I knew that already, but sometimes, it's hard to write those scenes, because it's hard to find a logical step toward abusing your characters. And sometimes, you want to give them a bloody vacation, the poor things.)
I hope I can finish the last few bits of the Gorok and Wulf story before the beach thingie. If I do, I would like to print it out so that I can edit it while on the beach. That way, I don't have to worry about getting sand in Palmie. I could print it out even if I don't finish it, but I'd rather finish it.
Hmmm, now I'm wondering if I sometimes made things too easy for Gorok and Wulf. They became allied with Kensin at the end. Would that mean that Wulf's original allies (or most of them anyway, I'm too partial to Adiran) would abandon him because they're so angry with this? And what would the guards do about the stuff at the end? Would they punish all the mages in general because they're not sure who did what? (They must know it's awfully convenient that they all passed out.) Hmmm.