marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
The hero and the other characters were roused up early in the dawn. And go trudging off.
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marycatelli: (Gibson Girl)
Was poking at a story idea, not sure exactly when it was taken place, could have been high middle ages even --
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marycatelli: (Gibson Girl)
So, if steampunk spaceship are faring from planet to planet -- if the planets are settled (with some world-building assistance of implausible climate by modern science 0:) --
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Two knights do not explain to the lady fair what is going on along the way, as they take her to a place of safety.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Immediately inspired by some talk about a TV show.  where, of course, there's always the actor problem.  But even in prose. . .

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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)
A character leaves her home, which is horrible, and is brought to a new place.  Much better in every respect.  Even when she first arrives, she notices many things that are obviously much nicer about it.  (Well, nicer for her.)

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Was reading a story where a Regency-era heroine was soundly berated for a solitary walk.  In the country.

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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: (sunset)
and just now it's blowing over the heroine, from the sea.  For days.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
Had to restart an outline.  The action rose too high, too fast -- I would have had to cut it off, and that would have been murder on the plot, to throw danger away. . . .

But the problem was that a thing was attracting monsters.
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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: (A Birthday)
sigh Contemplating a novel in revision -- does it work?  Do the parts fit together?

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
A lot of superheroes can travel to space.  If they really want to change the world. . . they could set up asteroid mining operations.

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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: (Gibson Girl)
So I sent Susan to school on a train.  What could be simpler, letting the reader know that the story is steam-punk?  In that nice loose sense of steam technology in a magical 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: (Baby)
if I want the kids to stay over the summer at the school. . . .

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