How to kill the one you love…

So I’m sitting here and I’m very well aware that I should be working on Exilium (or, barring that, one of the other two novels), yet I have pyramids (a type of solitaire) open in one window and this in the other.

But I’m writing this to bring a couple of things to the fore, including one issue raised by the novel itself.


I already have the song planned out for the book trailer–“Viva la Vida” (Coldplay). It came to me, incidentally, within a few minutes of having finished Son of God. (Not in the theater, however…that strange honor belongs to “XXX’s and OOO’s” [Trisha Yearwood].) If you’re familiar with the song, you know it has some very fitting lyrics, and even some biblical imagery.

I wanted to start working on the trailer shortly–today even–but I realized there’s a problem. While I’ve done trailers with still photos in the past, I’d like to have some video for this one. And that means sampling from Son of God, which is rife with Pontius footage. So I have to wait for the DVD.

Which is all right, really, since I don’t even have a concept yet.


It turns out that my Grey-Eyed Monster (still adore that nickname!) is the one that precipitated my thoughts that incurred the post title.

The Voice of Inspiration says, “So how are you going to kill him?”

*blinks…once, then a couple of times*



That, in turn, raises the question: How do you kill the one you love?


(As a sidebar, I’d like to semi-joke and say it’s “stalker-ish kind of love”, only stalkers don’t generally want you to stay with your wife/partner. Besides, You’re a Gemini. If You’re reading this, she can keep You! After all, what would I do with a fucking Gemini? Besides love You…and kiss You…and squeeze You…and oh, never mind! *giggling facepalm*)

Honestly, I don’t know if I ever planned to kill Pontius Pilatus. I hadn’t gotten that far. I’m still working on [spoilery stuff]. Exilium, after all, is what happens when Julia disobeys Pontius and stubbornly refuses to leave Sicilia, even after she’s been exiled to Hibernia. (And also an excuse to include Jamie. As always.)

I don’t generally put people I adore into villain positions; primarily because it contradicts the hunt/chase/kill instincts imbued in me by my tiger side. It also makes me inclined to allow them to “ride off into the sunset”, even when their actions specify execution out of pure necessity.

Is it possible, therefore, that I won’t kill off our Angry Judean Prefect? Absolutely. But the probability is uncertain at this point. Better to simply get through the part where Julia is questioning her vows as a priestess (and to Whom, specifically) and worry later about whether he’ll die.

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