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Jul. 21st, 2017 09:44 pm
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It's a classic of the planetary romance genre, to have a few moons floating about the sky, just so you know it's not Earth.

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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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I have a story idea.  It involves a world where there are frequently brawls, sometimes fatal, in the streets.

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Recently read a book in which a girl was told to do something to the count of 500.

I winced.

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My second panel.  Which covered everything from fight scenes to parallel plot lines.  With some tangents.
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The first guy who seriously composed for the string quartet was Joseph Haydn.  His employer, a man who could hire a composer and an orchestra, nevertheless wanted a piece of music specific to the four instrument that he and his three guests played.

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For, dear me, why abandon a belief
Merely because it ceases to be true.
Cling to it long enough, and not a doubt
It will turn true again, for so it goes.
Most of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favour.
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In forest law there were two types of offenses:  against vert, chopping down trees for clearing, and against venison, poaching.  Robin Hood ballads talk only of the second.

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It can be interesting to be generating names for two different stories at about the same time. . . .

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To expand from the comments on the allusions post. . . .

Sometimes you want your characters to quote proverbs and recite poetry.  This can be a problem.

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 A review of a book about Romans and how they walked.

The intriguing aspect is perhaps speaking of the noble gait rather than the noble bearing of a man.  A feminine walk, a masculine work.  That would be an interesting thing to put into a work, and tricky to convey.  Though I don't think it would serve a purpose other than making the world very different, it would certainly do that.
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Read a writing exercise about what you like and dislike in fiction.  Was thinking about what I like and dislike in points of view.

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Recently watching some Dr. Who episodes -- and not the new stuff either.  The original, old, with the cheesy FX, the limited cast, the ramshackle plots, the noble lack of concern with world-building consistency. . . .

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Sometimes it can be really difficult to wrassle that metaphor down to the ground.

It's not the avoiding cliches so much.  True, it can be a problem because of the appropriateness issue, but it's not the big one.

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There's one real disadvantage of really weird, wonderful, wacky world-building.

You've still got to move the story along.
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There's a serious flaw in one aspect of the world-building of Harry Potter.
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One thing world-building has to do is convince that the world is consistent, that it hangs together, that all its parts fit.

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