1,266 words. Five pages. Chapter Seven is done for now.
Today was a lot of fun, actually. I had originally intended for this chapter to be a bit longer—introducing a new character as well as reintroducing the sort of emotional struggle going on between Dow and Marisol—but I decided that, after I went ahead and dragged Sydney into the more espionage-ey side of things in Chapter Six that I needed to show off that there’s an as-yet unidentified level of danger there. So, basically, this is a chapter where Dow spends the whole time playing with his phone and figures out that Kinneman has a tap set up to record and encrypt all of Dow’s calls before sending them back to Earth with relevant data attached.
This also gives me a chance to integrate some of Dow’s cleverer, more tech-savvy side, which is a ton of fun because I love to write that kind of stuff. It also gives the character his first chance to really be alone with his thoughts, and do a little bit of critical evaluating of the situation on McMurdo. It’s very much a partner chapter to what I did with Sydney in the previous Chapter Six, but they’re going about things in very different ways.
Not entirely sure where I’m going to go from here. I’m considering a little bit of restructuring of the events of Day Two. We’ll see.