firebirds

Apr. 16th, 2017 12:07 am
marycatelli: (Strawberries)
 I mentioned, in the first paragraphs, that there were unicorns and firebirds in the forest.  Some local color to add clues about magic.  Above and beyond the fact that the woods involved are always in dusk. . . you can't be too careful in cluing the readers in.

A unicorn has appeared.  Twice.  In plot significant ways.

I wonder if a firebird will as well.

labyrinth

Apr. 9th, 2017 01:01 pm
marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
 I just sent my characters off in what is the third labyrinth in as many chapters.  

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Plugging along on the tale, trying to get our heroine educated, and what does the muse do?  Why go off and put some filagree on the world, with more bird-maidens. . . .

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Ah, the oddities you need.  For instance, I need an inn sign.

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mud

Jun. 13th, 2016 10:35 pm
marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Mud, Mary, mud.  remember the mud.

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marycatelli: (sunset)
I'm going to have to watch very closely the next few days -- hoping there isn't clouds.  'cause, at this time of year, I get up just at the sun is rising. . . .

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Ah, how the ideas decided to storm out.  The reason fairies took to building boats is that there was a disenchantment arms race.

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Sent the young scholars off to a Christmas fair.  Well, they had to do something more Christmas-y, and a fair would work.

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hobbies

Nov. 24th, 2015 09:18 pm
marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Decided on the mail.  Or rather picked two techniques, one of which is older than the other but both of which are still in use -- one of which has dangers that are going to have to come into play -- and naturally stumble on another question.  Hobbies.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
One thing about series is that they need connections from book to book.

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
You shouldn't slap a significant detail into a story and then forget about it.  If you give a character background and motivations, the readers expect that character to be more than wallpaper for one scene, if you have a newspaper and mention titles, the readers expect at least one article to be significant, if you plant a gun in the scene, the readers expect it to be fired -- and by the end of Act 3.

That  goes for themes too.  Some issues can be touched on -- just as some details can , but others need to be grappled with, or ignored entirely.

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
So the hero is a clerk for the armed forces, and it's his processing equipment for the requests that leads him to be where he's going to be for the story to work.

So why do they fight wars on an interstellar scale anyway?
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)

One constant of the fairy tale hunt is that it is a chase.  How else can the character get lost where he's bound, if not to get into trouble, at least to learn something?

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marycatelli: (Cat)
and things and states. . . .

Liminality is the state of being between two states.  Like transitioning from one year to the next.
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ah weather

Sep. 14th, 2014 09:59 pm
marycatelli: (Strawberries)
I think it's going to rain the day after the wedding. Since I have forgone any other weather except bright and sunny. . . .

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
So our heroine (and friend) come walking out the woods, through the pasture on the other side, but unsurprisingly, there is an inn soon, with a bit of a village about it. . . .

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ducklings

Jul. 21st, 2014 10:34 pm
marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Quack, quack, quack goes the duck, and all her little ducklings -- she has a flotilla -- follow along, and the writer winces.

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Complaints about the lack of economic detail in a fantasy world are often -- seriously -- wrong-headed.  No one would read the book if it were a collection of economic data about various fictitious countries.

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