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March 2017



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there are roses that come without seeking. there are the ones that i have to sow.

I kind of love my female protagonist, Samarkar, in this book. She's older than the male protagonist, ruthless and wounded, capable and solid. I suspect she's going to become the Character Most Like Me since Matthew: I can already feel her solidifying. Temur, the male lead, by comparison, is much more unformed. Like he's still waiting for the world-cow to lick him into shape.

Which is logical, because he's much younger. Eighteen or nineteen and still finding himself, where Samarkar has been through the fire once or twice already. And licking young characters into shape is just one of the many things that fiction in the form of the Interminable Quest Fantasy is for.

I'm hoping readers will let me get away with a certain number of cut-scenes in omniscient. Because I would like to have the only two POVs in this book (possibly in the trilogy) be Temur and Samarkar. But there's stuff I need to show (including the doings of a mute monk) that occurs where neither of them is present.

Of course, the obvious solution here is the omniscient narrator. And it's not like I've ever been sky about mixing POV before... my first book has 1st, 3rd limited, and 3rd objective. It is a tool I like to play with, rather a lot.

So I've got that decision pending, and one about how this wizard's initiation is going to play out (the result, I mean--there are two possibilities with very different story results, and I dunno what I want).

I love this book. Did I mention that? It's so nice to be working on a book I am totally crushed out on for a change.

Words today: ~2000
Words total: ~17000
Mean things today: Journeyman Wizard anxiety dreams, wicked stepmothers, the possibility of sacrifice in vain
Darling: Because she would live, she knew she could not avoid her brother forever.
Jury-rigging: Scene? You're lovely, and full of juicy tension and character development, but you need to grow some momentum and an arc. And a point, please. Thank you.

Also, a gorgeous cool night has followed a beautiful day. I think I'm going to go enjoy it in the approved fashion--by sleeping the hell out of it. Good night, Internets.


I like grown-up protagonists too.
My secret: I ran to Sherwood like a kicked puppy and begged for help.
I love reading about how much you're enjoying this novel. It makes me really look forward to reading it.
If you're not dropping any bombs while in omniscient, cut scenes can work well, and readers will not mind. It can give a flavor to the story that doesn't happen otherwise. And I will echo the "really looking forward to reading this". Between the horses and the dogs and basing it on a cultural area that's not been strip-mined already...
yeah. Having a grown-up protagonist makes it better, but then I'm trying to think how many protagonists you've written that have been dewy-eyed and fresh, and coming up short...
Capable is one of my favorite traits in a protagonist. I like watching competence in action.
competence porn. All for it.
the world-cow to lick him into shape.

I love this phrase so much.
Norse mythology: the gift that keeps on giving. *g*

Just an observation, then, but it seems to me that Temur is in rather the wrong part of the world for world-cow licking, and may have to wait a while for her to amble over that way....

(And now I have this image in my head of one of my grannies, when I was very little, sticking her hand in a cow's mouth, and it was all white and foamy and my little girl brain was all astonished that she'd do something so very, very icky.)
Indeed. Alas. Well, it is an Interminable Quest Fantasy. Maybe he will find a cow!
Boooooossy! Here, Boss, Boss, Boss, Boss, Boss!
"Like he's still waiting for the world-cow to lick him into shape."



Omniscient's fine with me: I enjoy it. This book is sounding very intriguing so far.
Every time you talk about this book it sound more awesome. Nongols! Horses! bear dogs! Competent woman! Color me excited.
That's a good color on you!
Juliet McKenna wrote a series that alternated chapters of 1st person with chapters of 3rd person (of the "enemy's" perspective IIRC). It annoyed me so very, very much, but I liked the other characters enough to stick with it.

Which is to say I'd certainly forgive the pov/omniscient thing if the story was cool enough. Which it sounds like it is.

Also, loving the world-cow. :D
That's a good point, and a better icon.

It's all sounding very intriguing, which is good. Associating omniscient with a mute character is interesting, it might draw comment about them not having a voice of their own, but I think that's that's more likely to be seen as artistic fiat than as a problem.

Temur, Temujin, Timur, such interesting resonances from that name....