“I can always do science to it.” Fun fact: we donated some of our surplus printed stock to a charity looking for uplifting reading material in general, with a special emphasis on science education for girls and women. Sure, an epic fantasy series wasn’t right in the center of their wheelhouse, but you can bet that Syr’Nj’s role as a confident STEM-educated woman-elf was on my mind when I made contact.

Still, you see what I mean about Syr’Nj and Gravedust’s dynamic not being quite… “there” yet. This may have played better if we had still shown this scene first but written it after the chapter’s other segments, because even those few pages each allowed us to work out a lot of the kinks of who those characters were.