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Small mental breakthrough with musical props. The follow-up novel to SotS, which may be the prequel or not, got itself broke around October of last year. Just about the time that I stumbled into this intense emotional idea that crept out of Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown". I finally understand that I'm looking at it from the wrong side. It's from Sundown's viewpoint that the story needs to be, and Sundown's equally iconic and painfully dated tune is Laura Branigan's "Gloria". To complete the retro theme, I'm thinking Kate Bush's Never be Mine—it has that right combination of desire, desperation, and acceptance.

As a side note, there's a sickening little story I put together more in reaction to what I don't like about urban fantasy about what it would really be like to be a werewolf trying to live in the modern world. One piece of feedback on it was "this would be interesting from his psychologist's viewpoint". I think this is a similar problem. The protagonist of "Sundown" is not an interesting person. It's what he sees in the character of Sundown that's interesting. But it's a visual/voyeur kind of interesting. In text, the interesting part is what Sundown is not saying. Because "she don't always say what she really means."

In Tarot (for me at least—everyone's an expert), the three-card combination is particularly topical for fiction. It can either stand on its own as influence/counter-influence/field-of-play or as basis-complication-question which then leads to the full crown-and-scepter layout. In this case, it's King of Cups inverted (a man in a descending spiral of emotional addiction), Queen of Cups inverted (A woman pulled on by desire and emotional conflict) [these two tend to build on each other]. But I haven't decided whether it's the Moon or the Devil that crosses them. I'm thinking Moon, since it's a more interesting story. We all hear the lure of that dark forest. We all want to be stolen out of our cradles.

But I don't know what's in that woods yet. And until that comes up, I'm really really stuck. Perhaps it's the black goat after all (Iä!). At least that fits the plot...

Or possibly, this is like the collision of two galaxies. A period of intense and life-destroying radiation that changes the shape and impetus of both bodies from the point of collision outwards. IOW, I ran into my novel with a short story and made a mess of both.

But enough speculation about speculation. Time to get back to work on making things that don't exist except in the mind get up and do work. Writing prompt: Try explaining computer programming to a celtic minstrel. Is it music or magic or mundane?


Apr. 19th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
It's a tough one. The best I can come up with is "poetry of actions of thought that plays itself once written."

Not very good, but good code is like poetry.