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This week, I spent the greater part of my writing time pondering worldbuilding issues, notably the religious beliefs of one of my  main societies. I still haven't finetuned it all, but I've had some ideas that will make the characters' actions and thoughts more consistent, understandable, and, hopefully, believable.

Forcing myself to think this issue through has also had the added benefit of helping explain why my characters have not abandoned ship when their home is under attack. In the past, I always went with the idea (in my own mind) that most people prefer the known to the unknown and are willing to stay in a bad situation out of fear and surety of their status in the world, even if that world is going to hell. That didn't sit well with all readers, however.  Now I have a plan to bring up differing points of view and solutions to the problem.  I'm sure the story will be stronger for it because it doesn't make this so cut-and-dried, black and white, and the characters won't be passive-without-cause.

These thoughts fostered the following, off-the-cuff, straight-from-the-brain-before-I-forget sentences:

    “It was to be a secret, but I see Srila has ways of prying into affairs that don’t--”

    “Enough.” Srila slapped the railing and may have, just maybe, sang a bit of power into the word. “I have the right of the stone. I called the council. For my own reasons. If Ario wishes to address us, she can wait. But since it seems her news is about abandoning our home, it is even more vital you hear me out before making a rash decision.”

In other creative news, I did a little sketch this morning, playing with my style idea for the kids' book, that I'm not dissatisfied with. If I can kick this headache that is sinking its claws into my brain, I just might work on it some more this afternoon.


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Sep. 20th, 2015 01:17 pm (UTC)
I think it's great that you're going to show dissension and contrasting opinions on whether to stay or go--I think it'll definitely make the situation feel realer (I say this with no basis for comparison, since I haven't read the draft as it currently stands--but just in principle).

And yay, snippet!

And boo headache. Hope you can quell it before it takes hold.
Sep. 20th, 2015 02:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, conflict is always good. Sadly, I am not the Queen of Conflict. :P

The headache is still niggling. I think I'm going to cave and take meds since I have to take S to her dance class tonight. Can't just stay at home and ride it out.

In other news, did you get the comment I sent you on Goodreads about my review? GR told me there was some publishing error but it seemed to go through after I posted a general comment instead of a reply to you...
Sep. 20th, 2015 03:26 pm (UTC)
I didn't get the Goodreads comment--I'll go look at your review!
Sep. 20th, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
(reply up!)
Sep. 22nd, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
aehmmm... I thought we agreed what you were the Queen on Conflict! Positive reinforcement and all that *gives stern look*
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