marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Considering the navy of my Faerie, which underwent a transformation when there was a disenchantment arms race, and spellcraft gave way to brute strength, because unlike a sail woven on the mast from cobwebs, a linen one hefted on ropes would not vanish.  (And so on!)

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marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
Stories take place.  You need a place to put 'em.

The annoying thing about this story is that while I know what sort of building it's in -- a heavy duty magical set up -- I don't know where it is.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Some children are going to get some advice in a story.  The sort Kipling put in verse:
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Was further pondering the problems of fully adult characters as the protagonist of fantasy adventures. . . .

There are the professionals.  People whose jobs are adventures. . . the canonical heroes of sword and sorcery, to be sure. . . but there are issues even with traveling mercenaries.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
If space is an ocean -- which is the commonest metaphor -- what are the sailors doing while sailing the spaceways?  Especially if we have no FTL communications (or at any rate, none faster than the ships.)  Making scrimshaws?
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marycatelli: (Gibson Girl)
The rise of technology -- whether normal human or Gadgeteer/Mad Scientist -- would have a big impact on a super world.  Just not the same as in ours. . . .

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Sent the five characters up a stairs from one location to their destination.  Both of which have magical elements. . . and I was pondering that the arriving characters are not accustomed to the sight of foreigners and how magic doesn't have to develop as technology did (any more than technology would have to, in another world :), and if transportation magic were developed slowly, so that people relied on transformation instead. . . .

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
How would the form of magic affect what technology can be produced?  I'm reading a work in which characters have motorcycles and cell phones, and there are motels, but there is magic.  And not just any old magic.  The sort you would find in chivalric romances with mysterious ladies and dragons and other things popping up -- not frequently, one of the first scenes is some knights observing that they had not found their ancestral monsters. . . .
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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Read a D&D article talking of rigid and powerful guilds, with a handful of masterships, dangled before the journeymen but in reality given only to the children of masters, keeping all the wizards under a rigid list of spells. . . talked of late medieval guilds that worked like that.
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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
One wonders how much of a generalist a wizard could be as wizardry advances.  Enough to support himself?

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class

Nov. 10th, 2015 09:38 pm
marycatelli: (God Speed)
Looks like they've got the professions vs. trade in their world.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
A MacGuffin is an object in the story that the characters care about -- but the readers don't.  We just empathize with the characters' desires about it and let it motivate the story.  The marvelous gemstone the Lake of Wine, that the thief Corry wants to steal to avenge his father's murder by the family that owns it.  Or the thinly characterized kidnap victim.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
there is one burning problem with the Percy Jackson world-building, namely -- where are the adults?

Not, where are the human and god adults who are the parents of the demigods?  Because they are around, and given their characterization, their actions are plausible.  No, it's where are the older demigods?
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marycatelli: (Baby)
Perambulating along on an outline and thinking, Who's going to tell her that making a false charge to the magistrate could lead to her facing charges?
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marycatelli: (Cat)
Fans have had some calculations about the number of students at Hogwarts.  Some reason it's about forty a year.  (Evidence here.)  But it's inconsistent, and Rowling has stated there about a thousand students.

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denouement

Jul. 14th, 2015 11:03 pm
marycatelli: (Gibson Girl)
A story is slowly taking form.  I poked at the denouement at a few times -- you don't have to begin at the beginning for development -- and contemplated what the heroine might do with a magnificent superhero making machine.
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