I've been struggling this week, trying to create an awesome climax for this book. The big battle scene. What's a gal to do when she's created a baddy so bad that nothing could stop it?
I knew when I reached the point of actually needing to do something about the baddy that I wouldn't be able to sleep unless I fixed this. The hamster was running hard on its wheel and not getting anywhere. And it would continue to run.
So, I stopped. I got up off my chair and put on my workout clothes. This is the point where I'd usually go for a walk, but it's so hot and humid right now, I'd probably drop over halfway through. Instead, I got on the exercise bike. (Which I've moved into the spare room, positioned so that it looks out a window and I've placed the stereo next to it so I can listen to jams, too.) Eighteen minutes on that sucker.
I still didn't have the answer, even if I was in a more-receptive place.
I flopped into my recliner and vegged out while Hubs watch Mountain Men. (He loves that show.) And I let my mind wander over the problem. I was determined to figure this out no matter how late I would have to stay up. What to do. What to do. What to do.
I got right up, grabbed my beverage, and headed into the office where I made magic. The answer was bloody brilliant, if I do say so myself.
Plus, I got it all out and finished in time to go to bed at the normal time. Of course, I was totally hopped up on cold coffee drink and iced tea by then, so while I had hoped to avoid not being able to sleep because my brain was turning over the problem, I still didn't sleep because of the caffeine.
Time and readers will tell whether my brilliance was actually brilliant, but right now, I'm loving it.
It looks like I will actually finish this book this time. The hard part is over. Now there's the denouement and some additional excitement as there's still a thing or two the characters have to deal with. (Which actually might be dealt with in edits.) I'm just over 89K words as of last night. Maybe another 5K... perhaps 10.
I do love epiphanies. I wish they'd happen more often, but then again, they wouldn't be as awesome if they came more frequently, would they?