kayqy: Teito peruses the stacks... with INTENT. (greeneyes)
Well, since I started this self-declared writing challenge, I've gotten just over 8000 words, and am halfway (?) through chapter 5. Feels like I may be falling behind, but it's hard to say when my goal is just "finish". Either way, I'm not giving up.

I am, however, temporarily reprioritizing some things. Family's church is taking eyeglasses to Colombia this weekend (or at least the kits to make them), and I'm trying to sew as many cases for them as I can before they go. So far I've sewn about 60, and we've cut the fabric for about a bajillion more. Between that, and today being Memorial Day, I've spent the day cleaning, cooking, sewing, and being with my family. Which got me thinking about how those tend to be the "housewifely/womanly" skills that get looked down upon and disparaged as not being "real work". Even though no one who ever has to do any of those would deny that they took a lot of work to do (even just being with the family, sometimes). Or skill and talent to do well. Even so, they're very rarely considered a "valid" use of one's time and energy, and those who focus on it are "wasting" themselves.

It's as if, back when the feminist movement started, they took the argument that "a woman's place is taking care of the home because that's all they're capable of," and only took the counterargument halfway. Yes, women are capable of more things, or at least other things, and no one should be limited in their choices due to gender. But instead of arguing that the ability to do all the work needed to care for a home and family was proof that they could do things outside the home, too, or something similar, they seemed to try to build themselves up by demeaning the jobs expected of them, making themselves seem more important by making such "chores" seem less important, unworthy of their attention. "I've got better things to do than clean house all day." But these things are important, no matter who does them, and necessary, and no one really needs to be ashamed of having to or choosing to do them.

If I were writing a dissertation or something, I could probably spend ten to twenty pages extrapolating how this relates to this or that breakdown of the family or society in general, but, well, "I've got better things to do."
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So today's challenge goes back to the day I phoned it in. Terrific. >.< Add in to the fact that I've kind of been pruning ideas that don't really fit as I go, and it means there's not much for me to go through now. Even today, when I decided that having 'demons' that go against the Lady's plan means I should also have some 'angels' that follow her, I decided almost immediately that epic glowing "Fear Not" manifestations were Not Going To Fit. I may even save any mention of 'angels' or 'harmonizers' or whatever I wind up calling them until the sequel that looks more and more inevitable.

Speaking of that sequel, it seems my brain just keeps trying harder and harder to mash this story with the allegorical epic I toyed with some time ago, Children of Legoria. (Yes, I did that on purpose, hush.) At first the mashup seemed really forced, like my brain was just saying, "oh, these both have religious themes, let's put them together!" But now it's starting to feel like they'll actually fit together. And part of me is afraid that if I combine them, I'll wind up just taking the really cool elements (like one-horned horses being the norm while hornless ones are bad luck) and leaving the rest of the characters and plot out to dry; while the other part of me is afraid if I don't combine them, I'll never feel 'ready' to write Legoria on its own. I think it'll wind up happening, especially since I got some interesting twists to my original basic allegorical plot today. It'll just take me a little while to come to terms with it.

I also worked some more on the moons (OMG THE ORBITS BREAK MY BRAIN) and the demons. Making progress, even if I'm going off the beaten path. Or at least the path marked with signs and arrows. I'll get there in the end!
kayqy: Teito peruses the stacks... with INTENT. (greeneyes)
Today is about making an outline of what plot I have so far, or at least figuring out what big questions I'll likely be answering in said plot.

This is a pretty good exercise for me at this point... I hope. The outline I came up with earlier starts out fairly detailed at the beginning: I have a decent idea of what the MCs do up to a certain point. But then it gets vaguer and takes a very sharp turn into .....STUFF. (No, seriously, I wrote that.) I mean, I know at some point they make their way down to the ruins, meet an archaeologist/historian, learn some big important plot points, but I'm not sure what those points are, or what they do with them after (beyond "SAVE THE WORLD DUH")—

*takes a moment for brain to go off on a tangent about Powerful Being Existing Outside Of Time who falls and repents and thus winds up struggling against itself in various times and places* o.O (I blame Diane Duane, frankly.) Uh. Right. Anyway.

So, my big problem at the moment is more or less connecting the epic strokes of the gods and demons with the actions of the little people on their little continent. What are the demons trying to accomplish, and why? Why does the Lady choose these three boys to work through? What's special about them? (And why am I having so much trouble with the plausibility of gods working through imperfect humans when I fully believe it of my own— OH HAI THERE, OBVIOUSNESS. I need to stop thinking of my God as some Deist figure that just sits back and watches without interacting! Just because it's like the polar opposite of the popular epic fantasy trope of gods literally popping out of everywhere to save the day *coughWebercough* doesn't mean it's better!) Epiphany, woo! \o/

Okay, so remember that the Lady cares about her creation individually and as a whole, and the demons are mainly against the world because they're against her. Though there may be something else strategic in there, too, we shall see.

Half an outline and a major epiphany (not to mention a shiny tangent), I think I'm good for the night!
kayqy: Teito peruses the stacks... with INTENT. (greeneyes)
Today's challenge is about recent history in my 'verse. Like the last hundred years or so. Once again, did not quite follow directions (and may have accidentally done tomorrow's assignment, too), but I came up with most of this while digesting my aunt's tasty Chocolate Dessert in her porch swing. And I'm happy with where it's leading me, which is what counts.

My first hang-up came when she said to list dates like death of a king, major wars and so on. I have a strong sense of this continent not having kings or kingdoms, possibly not since the ancient cataclysm that shall henceforth be known as the Division. (If it wasn't already; I'm not going to go back and check my old posts right now. Onward!) If you've ever read Bujold's The Sharing Knife series, I think it's kind of like that setting: a destroyed empire in the barely-remembered past, but now just farms and villages and independent towns, growing into a new civilization. And I couldn't really come up with any wars or other major conflicts; none really connected with my characters' stories, and it didn't really seem right to just randomly tack a war onto a year— OH HEY THAT'S WHY THIS ASSIGNMENT GAVE ME SO MUCH TROUBLE. *lightbulb*

Well, that's something to consider later on, I guess. At any rate, even without consciously realizing the source of my hangup, I managed to figure out a few things by connecting them to something I already knew I had: magic crystals.

No, really. )

*reserves the right to repeat some of this tomorrow, if applicable*


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