Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)
THESE POSTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INDIGO SPELL! You're safe if you've read the first two books in the series.
Bloodlines, Chapter 21
Wow, all sorts of things are happening here! The various tattoo threads are all starting to come together into one evil master plot, and Sydney engages in a bona fide act of revenge. I always feel a little silly writing pranks like that, like when Mia made the snow fall on Lissa in Vampire Academy. I guess I want to delude myself that I'm only writing highbrow stuff, but let's face it: people are petty. Laurel totally deserved to have that happen to her. This also gives us a surprising glimpse into Sydney's vengeful side. Overall, she's a pretty even-keeled person who doesn't act on selfish impulse, but if you mess with the people she loves, she will mess with you--which we'll soon discover even more about when the deal with Abe comes to light. I won't lie--I like having a dark twist like that inside a seemingly innocent character.
People always ask me how much I have in common with my characters. Well, you know when Jill's practicing in high heels and is in danger of breaking her neck? Yeah, that's totally me in heels. It's something I've never been able to master. I would love to, especially since I'm only 5'2", I apparently just don't have that kind of balance gene because disaster ensues when I wear them.
I'm going to clip today's post a little short to give you a heads up about a Twitter chat I'm doing tomorrow, January 17. And by chat, I mean I'll be doing my best to answer as many questions as I can in a half hour with 140 characters each. The times and stats are here, with the main takeaway being to mark your tweets with #readpenguin. I'll try to get to as many of you as I can, and if possible, we'd like to talk about worldbuilding in writing. But hey, we'll see how it goes. :)