Or who have enough interest to offer a theory:
I need a connection between the two opening story lines. i.e., I need a reason the Lindorm and the digging half-djinn show up about the same time.
I was reviewing my opening material, and felt very foolish that I don’t have a clear connection. But better late than never, right? This is what I’ll be puzzling over today and I hope to have an answer by the time I sit down to write more tonight.
So far I’m thinking something along the cheezy lines of big-baddie guesses a human lindorm could be what finally destroys him. I hate “predestined” story lines.
And yet I’m cool with “meeting destiny on the path you take to avoid it.”
There is a delicious story about a man hearing he would die that same night. He immediately buys the fastest horse he can afford and gallops till the horse drops and finds an inn to hole-up in. He’s found dead the next morning.
Death had noticed the man on his list for that night and wondered how that was possible, being so far from the man’s home. When the man came galloping into town, Death knew the solution.
Anyway, there’s a bit in one of my fave books The Perilous Gard (and honestly, this is what made me aware I’d screwed up and needed to fix something):
Master John (only a minor baddie we later learn) is contemplating the best way to get rid of Kate who knows MJ sold off Christopher to be sacrificed by the pagans. He’s already fabricated a story of Christopher running away to avoid his brother’s anger.
“How was I to know that you’d fall secretly in love with Christopher Heron and run away with him when he fled the castle?”
“What!” Kate sat bolt upright, her wits scattering again. “B-b-but–” Kate stuttered furiously, “I’m not in love with Christopher Heron. How could I be in love with Christopher Heron? I’ve only talked to him twice in my life!”
“You must perceive that I could never tell Sir Geoffry the you had simply died of an illness or disappeared of your own accord. It would be entirely too strange and remarkable to have the both of you vanishing separately for different reasons at one and the same time…”
Ah, the advantages of really knowing your favorite books (i.e., for me that means listening to them): They continue to instruct even when you’re not with them.
“I put it to you as one reasonable person to another.”