marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
ah Julian. . . there I was, merrily outlining along, and got to the point where I introduced him. . . love interest.  To give my heroine more motive to get her job done.  And then it turns out. . . .

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Was just about settled on partible inheritance for fairy tale kingdoms -- not only does it fit the fairy tales where there are kings who are brothers, it also helps split up the kingdoms after an only daughter princess marries an only son prince -- and if it would result in kingdoms the size of postage stamps, well, that would explain why a princess who sets out to seek her fortune can easily walk to the next one and get a job as a scullery maid.
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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
The thing about the man in the iron mask is the rather weak reasons for locking the man down that severely and not, oh, slipping some poison in his soup.

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Was pondering a world I'm trying to build and Eco's quote on the topic:

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marycatelli: (Gibson Girl)
Photography made a bigger difference in society than most people realize.

Take kings and other royals. . .

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
Some fantasy worlds fail in that they do not realistically react to the magic in their midst.

Take RPG worlds.  Where you know that characters have real Detect Good, Detect Evil, Detect Lies spells.  Politics are not going to have as much of a chance to get complicated as in reality.  Perhaps it's why they have so many good kings and thorough-going tyrants; unless you opt for the latter, you're not going to keep your kingdom from having the former.
marycatelli: (God Speed)
So I observed at one point that a status in a land is granted by the king. . . .

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inheritance

Dec. 4th, 2015 11:09 pm
marycatelli: (God Speed)
Thought I had it all worked out.    In the fairytale kingdoms, inheritance is partible. Splits up all those kingdoms joined in matrimony so that future generations can work out fairy tales which end in such marriages again.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
So the heroine and her husband are with her parents while they do the half the country thing.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
So the hero and heroine set out to visit her parents.  All kings and queens together then.  Therefore, they set out with an entourage.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
I'm usually as bad at naming cities as any other location -- that is, bad, but one city in particular raises issues.  A magical city.

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marycatelli: (God Speed)
Among the things that are not the adventures of writing -- how to explain the constitutional limits of the main character's powers.

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marycatelli: (God Speed)
I know just when the prince's story starts.  On his seventh birthday.

The important thing is the hunt, but there's also the point that he's transitioning, entirely, from having female attendants in the nursery to all the servants in his household being male.

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marycatelli: (God Speed)
Sometimes the questions about how to develop a fairy tale revolve heavily about politics.

How did Sleeping Beauty's kingdom go on while she was sleeping, and the castle with her?
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Fairy tales tend to be a bit short -- on a lot of things, actually -- but particularly on motives. One of them is why they go to war.
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formality

Dec. 14th, 2014 08:42 pm
marycatelli: (God Speed)
So I have the prince, and he's going to disobey his father's commands about marriage.  After four years, to be sure.  And not without help.

It's the question of how formal the help is.

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