Well, no actual progress on Failstate yet. I haven't written a word of the actual book. I'm still hip-deep in putting together the plot and figuring out all the characters. I'm hoping I can start writing soon, but who knows?
But I did have a fun experience tonight. Failstate, the main character, began talking to another character. I've heard that this sort of thing happens to other writers but it rarely happens to me. Not like this. And I was particularly excited because, for the life of me, I've been having the hardest time figuring these two out, how they all fit together, how it all would come together with the main plot.
Now I know.
Slight problem, though. This all happened while I was supposed to be teaching my confirmation class about confession and absolution. Yeah. It's a bit awkward when you have two characters discussing alien abductions and injection wounds while trying to wrangle about a dozen junior high students. Loads of fun, let me tell you. I eventually had to tell both of them to shut up. They weren't happy and only wound up talking louder.
Being a writer is hard.