I’m laughing at myself today.
In the last day or so, I’ve been trying to figure out what Ilsabet, Kerlis and Narthé want, as a way of untangling the mess that is Dragonfly. Ilsabet and Narthé came quickly, but I was having problems with Kerlis, because I kept coming up with the same thing Ilsabet wants.
Then on the bus this morning, listening to my iPod, I got the answer. It dropped into my head like it fell from the sky.
But that’s not the thing that makes me laugh.
I was thinking about Kerlis’s desire, and all the ways I can use it in the story, and a little voice in the back of my head said, “Once you know what someone wants, you have your story.”
How many years have I been hearing that basic message? Seven, eight? 10, 12? However long it’s been, I never really got it until today, not the way I understand it now. I understand it in my diaphragm, which is where I understand all the really useful things.
I’ve probably said this before, but right now I feel like I might actually know what I’m doing. I’m feeling a great deal of confidence in my tool box and my ability to use my tools effectively.
And that all makes me very happy. Today is A Good Day.