So I talked to a dear friend of mine about the characters and story in Matters of the Heart, and we both came to the conclusion that things need a major revamp. One of the big decisions is that while Rebekkah is now a good, solid character with a good core… I can’t stand her in Matters of the Heart’s current frame. She is moody, whining, and a pain in the ass. With the way that Max is structured — also a solid character — there’s no reason that the two of them would ever meet up and find romance with each other.
Could I rewrite the characters? Make them fit into this contrived love story about magic boxes and lizards? Yes. But they’re both great characters that really just need to find different homes. I’m working on understanding them and their interactions, with other characters, the world, and each other, so we shall see how things work out.