Shoot! I'm currently writing Heart Quest,
the fifth book of the Heart series. Since they're fantasy romances and I spin off secondary characters as heroes and heroines, I'm working on Black Ilex Winterberry and Trif Clover. Well, Ilex (who didn't even have a first name until this book) is a Guardsman with searching Flair (psi-magic power). I wanted to make sure I had him using his Flair in the same manner as I'd shown before so I went back to Chapter 2 of my first book, HeartMate
where Winterberry first appears, and the only time he's used his Flair on stage.
So there I am, reading the ARC of HeartMate
(and it is REALLY cool to be able to "find" the exact words/scene in a book on your computer without having to read the darn thing. I don't think I've ever read HeartMate
through since I turned it in)...Winterberry strolls on stage and says "Winterberry of Hazel". SHOOT!
I'd completely forgotten that. And I haven't a clue what I meant by saying that. For HeartMate
I wanted Winterberry to be a distant relative of the Hollys (thus the name), so I don't think I meant he was also of the Hazel line. The Hazel family line is as prestigious as the Holly. Worse, I've mentioned the Hazels in Heart Thief
and introduced them in Heart Duel
. Not only that, but a couple of Hazels are about to come on stage again in this book. I'd completely forgotten that little sentence. What was
I thinking of?
Of course me being me, and not having to wonder what was running around in the mind of some other writer as people writing others' series, I'm pretty sure I meant "I'm Winterberry of Quadrant Hazel Guardhouse." Naturally, I can't go back and put that into HeartMate
. The book's in print. Also, I realized that I made Winterberry higher status in HeartMate
that I really wanted him to be in Heart Quest
, but that's ok because his family looks down on him joining the guards and it's another problem/inner conflict for him since he's estranged from them. One way for his character to grow by the end of the book.
But still, when something like this slaps me in the face, I clutch. I try very hard NOT to blow my continuity, especially my magic rules. The worst I've done this was in the online serial, The Song of Marwey
which I wrote as a prequel to Guardian of Honor.
There were things demanded in the story that I couldn't change in Guardian
because the book was being distributed at the time... And I may be overreacting, because some of the slips in my books that have bothered me either haven't been noticed by my readers, or they haven't been commented upon the errors.
Another problem solved -- or at least written down so I can explain it later when we visit Ilex in his workplace. Speaking of workplace...I'm off to the dayjob.
Love to all,