My last post featured some pictures that included some small plastic figures, and that prompted some questions and comments. Those particular figures were from a company called Accoutrements, and they manufacture many weird and unusual toys for the child in all of us.
When I discovered their play sets I bought all the sets they had available. Unfortunately the one set I wanted the most -- "The Angry Mob" featuring villagers with pitchforks and torches - is no longer made. So, why do I need little plastic people? Simple - I was losing characters.
When I was editing my first book, I noticed that I was losing track of people. In my mind I was having characters continue to move from one scene to another, but I was forgetting to write it down so the reader would know what was going on. This type of disconnect is why big time writers have people who check for a book's continuity. Anyway, since I can't afford a big time Continuist, even though I can afford to invent words like Continuist, I took the cheap way out and bought a couple of bags of small green plastic Army men and since my story took place primarily in a HMMWV - I got one of those and a plastic Jeep too. I then went back through my tale moving the little plastic guys around as the story played out. When I was done, I put the little guys in a baggie in the closet, while the HMMWV Desert Knight 7 wound up on my desk as a trophy for completing that tale - Desert Knight 6 was destroyed toward the end of the book.
Falkor does get peeved because he can't see what I am doing on the table. He is fairly sure it is either something good to eat or something of which he wants to be a part.
Of course, if I can't figure any other way to end the book, I can always go for the total Zombie Apocalypse!