I didn't post about it on Monday because I figured back when I was writing Bad Fairy 2 I established a tradition of book updates on Thursdays, and I assumed I would have written more of the book by today. Life kinda got in the way, though, and when I had time to write, I didn't feel like it.
That said, having 3600 words of a new book done is pretty badass.
Also, I doodled a Megan.
That thing on her nose is a nose ring, btw, don't know if it's clear
My first chapter is about Megan going to a gallery showing in which she has a piece. She's clearly there reluctantly, but is also curious about what people think of her work. I managed to establish a few constants of her life: that she does not expect to ever "actually" make anything of herself or go to college or succeed as an artist; that she has a complicated relationship with her older sister; that her art teacher has been in her life for a fair amount of time and knows details about her living situation; and that there's something mysterious about how she comes upon the subjects of her drawings.
I also established a few tone and setting details through background details. At one point her teacher pulls out a phone, which suggests it's in modern times or thereabouts because otherwise she wouldn't have a mobile phone. (This is kinda significant because the old short story from which I stole the characters was written in 1999, and nobody had cell phones.) And one of the art projects Megan looks at in the gallery is a humorous depiction of the artist's coming out as gay, which suggests she's going to school in an area that would allow such a piece to be part of a high school art show. And Megan gets to the gallery on a city bus and has no plans to get home (the buses stop running while she's still out); her "plan" was just to stay out all night until the buses start up in the morning, which makes it pretty clear nobody's following up on her safety or making sure she's taken care of. (She's also clearly not intimidated by the idea of hanging out in public places during the wee hours, which suggests she does not consider herself particularly vulnerable.)
I think the next chapter will involve some introduction to her artwork method and some interaction with her sister. And by Chapter 3 I definitely need to introduce Brady, who's really important to the rest of the story--a boy in her homeroom who is instrumental in her figuring out the rest of her life. I'm really looking forward to finding out how it all comes together. :)