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So, as you can tell this nano thing is going swimmingly, in that mostly underwater and gasping sort of sense. (Today's target wordcount is over 21.6k.) I have figured out what is awesome about the plotline I added unexpectedly in my Nov 1 pseudo-outline, and that is actually going quite well, though it involves some contemplation of how clear I can make it that the budding possible-romance isn't actually creepy, despite hitting some things that wouldn't work too well for most Americans. (Mara is from a primarily women's choice matriarchy, and being playfully followed about by a trickster god. Who's a yak/gaur cross bull, with some very non-human ideas of politeness. But never mind that...)

In useless but potentially interesting trivia, did you know that the bulls on Red Bull are gaur? I hadn't even heard of the species before the other evening's wander around wikipedia. Largest currently-living bovine, hangs out in SE Asia & India, where it's probably completely incompatible with yak for temperature & range reasons if not genetic ones. But, you know, gods do what they like, particularly if there's only one per species anyway.

Anyway, that still leaves the other two motive plotlines, which need eventually to team up so they can put the world back together (magically, if not physically) once Mara's sorted out the middle bit. And I still don't know what's fun about either of them besides Oak getting to see the world, which is problematic, as so far ridiculously much of this series involves "people go from A to B, admiring point C on the way." This is not what we call a plot.

And then there's the problem of how to handle the travelling people on the northern continent without making them just pseudo-gypsies...

Now is the part where I write on the blackboard 100 times "writing about writing is not actually writing," or more likely go find myself some lunch, because that sounds more useful. And this afternoon I get to go off to be lectured by my healthcare provider about what to expect from late pregnancy.

If you were looking for actual entertainment, you might check out Kelly Lagor's How to Make a Triffid on Tor.com. Recommended for SF & horror people, and those who like lab science or disturbed narrators. Not my thing, but in that "this is a well-written piece about stuff I don't need in my head" sort of way.

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thanate: (whirlpool)
So, as you can tell this nano thing is going swimmingly, in that mostly underwater and gasping sort of sense. (Today's target wordcount is over 21.6k.) I have figured out what is awesome about the plotline I added unexpectedly in my Nov 1 pseudo-outline, and that is actually going quite well, though it involves some contemplation of how clear I can make it that the budding possible-romance isn't actually creepy, despite hitting some things that wouldn't work too well for most Americans. (Mara is from a primarily women's choice matriarchy, and being playfully followed about by a trickster god. Who's a yak/gaur cross bull, with some very non-human ideas of politeness. But never mind that...)

In useless but potentially interesting trivia, did you know that the bulls on Red Bull are gaur? I hadn't even heard of the species before the other evening's wander around wikipedia. Largest currently-living bovine, hangs out in SE Asia & India, where it's probably completely incompatible with yak for temperature & range reasons if not genetic ones. But, you know, gods do what they like, particularly if there's only one per species anyway.

Anyway, that still leaves the other two motive plotlines, which need eventually to team up so they can put the world back together (magically, if not physically) once Mara's sorted out the middle bit. And I still don't know what's fun about either of them besides Oak getting to see the world, which is problematic, as so far ridiculously much of this series involves "people go from A to B, admiring point C on the way." This is not what we call a plot.

And then there's the problem of how to handle the travelling people on the northern continent without making them just pseudo-gypsies...

Now is the part where I write on the blackboard 100 times "writing about writing is not actually writing," or more likely go find myself some lunch, because that sounds more useful. And this afternoon I get to go off to be lectured by my healthcare provider about what to expect from late pregnancy.

If you were looking for actual entertainment, you might check out Kelly Lagor's How to Make a Triffid on Tor.com. Recommended for SF & horror people, and those who like lab science or disturbed narrators. Not my thing, but in that "this is a well-written piece about stuff I don't need in my head" sort of way.

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