Finishing page 106 at six in the morning, I begin to wonder how I can pick up the pace that I had once. That is how it works with three boys though, LOL.
As Mutter enters the Palace of Dry, he see inside and can not believe his eyes. The beautiful marble floor stretching far across the long hall, the uniform stonework walls, the magical lanterns lighting the palace as if it light outside and eye-popping evergreen ivy growing here and there along each doorway. Mutter is lost for words, having never seen anything like it in his entire life. He sees a palace inside with the size and shape not possible, Given the looks of the palace from the outside. He realizes that the Sundries have the ability to warp space and time…
As Mutter makes his way he is taken by the Sundrie guards across a barren area called the ‘Inner Wall’. As the guards explain that it is a magical wall that has never been used as they take Mutter to the forefront of the extremely crooked, near dilapidated looking Palace of Dry. The guards tell Mutter not to believe all that he sees…
Thanks to my thoughtful wife for taking an hour and a half out of her night off to let me go to my office to write. Thanks you dear! Being that our work schedules are clashing as of late and I have not been able to stay awake to write a single word has left me feeling like the floor board of a taxi cab. Tonight, instead of midnight, it was 7:30 p.m., awake I brought Mutter to the gates of the Palace of Dry.
Standing in the dark, Mutter starts pleading with a Sundrie guard to allow him in. The guard refuses to let him in and after a back and forth plea from Mutter , to allow him in, and the guard, to simply leave and return in the skylight, which Mutter could not do.
When the guard draws his sword Mutter makes one last plea, stating, “I cannot return to the Collective Council without speaking with Lord Timberknot.” As more guards gather, Mutter fears he might have upset the reclusive Sundries, as the gates begin to open, he fears he is about to be met by an army of sword welding Sundries (though some Sundries are good with a bow and arrow, they are the most agile swordsman in all of Mavenwood) ready to cut him to ribbons. However, a Sundrie invites him in. Talk about a last stand for a timid character, that paid off…
In case you do not know, the halfway point for every book in this series so far has been marked by page 100 (determined by the fact that I have kept Books 1, 2 & 3 around 200 pages each). Well, tonight, I reach that milestone for the last time in the series. As I completed the page late at night (Midnight I know) I am so tired, my celebration is nothing more than a smile right now. Being 7/8 the way for the last time with Marky, Slash & Levy it is so bitter-sweet.
As the others bed down for the night Mutter reaches the doorstep of the Palace of Dry! Mutter is nervous but determined to complete his mission….
Well, after three nights of our boys being up until midnight, I was able to finish Chapter 4. I wish I was sick again, so I could take a sick day from work and prop myself in front of my computer with some kleenex and a lot of good ideas! Since I am seldom ever sick, I guess the midnight writing will be the trademark of the entire M,S&L series!
As the skylight set, it was time to either continue on into The Wabasha Valley or make camp. Feeling the urgency to continue for fear they might be running out of time, no one wanted to suggest camp. Levy knew, however, that they would soon split up into groups and needed the rest before crossing the marsh.
Tonight I am going to not write and instead, fullfill a promise to a muscian friend of mine, to whom I have promised for some time to sit down with his latest CD and write a review for it. It is a promise I aim to keep. His name is T. Warren and his newest release is called ‘Didn’t Have A Clue’! Please check him out! Thanks and goodnight to you all, I am beat….