Brenna tries to have a normal life, despite her family, in The Soul Blade Chapter 9, as the commentary catch up continues.
Brenna's conversation with Grace serves more than just letting the reader know what's going on; it also let the writer figure out what's happening. The problem I ran into is that Brenna can't do much until Tricia does something. Brenna can investigate, but there's not much she can find. Tricia wipes out all traces with each murder. I should have thought that through, but when I did, I realized that Tricia and the being she's working for were a step ahead of Brenna already. I made my villain too genre savvy. Brenna and Grace have to work through what's happening by eliminating possibilities. On the plus side, that means that they aren't suddenly realizing what's going on. The thought processes are there, and Brenna isn't jumping to conclusions without reason.
The story's age is starting to show. When originally conceived, Joni being sexually active in the 70s and 80s wasn't too much a stretch. She would still be young enough to have received the Soul Blade at a young age, though older than when Brenna did, but still old enough to have been in college. The 70s are now about forty years ago. The story is getting dated, and hard coding dates like that means The Soul Blade starts becoming a period piece.
Dr. Womack provides a new insight on Brenna, one that the Bladekeeper isn't aware of. Brenna's problem might not be the Blade itself. She's a bit repressed, and has used the Blade as an excuse. Of course, with only one Bladekeeper shown so far, it's hard to tell if Dr. Womack is correct. Which means I will have to write another Tale of the Soul Blade featuring one of Brenna's ancestors.
Tuesday, the commentary catch up continues with The Soul Blade Chapter 10.
Thursday, commentary catch up completes with the The Soul Blade Chapter 11.
Friday, a confession and a first date in The Soul Blade Chapter 12.
Also on Friday, over at Psycho Drive-In, Young Frankenstein.
Saturday, over at The Seventh Sanctum, Absolutely Fabulous.