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16 May 2007 @ 12:03 am
Good day for writing  
Last night I started on the last (or possibly second to last) chapter of Blades, not counting the epilogue. Wrote all of three sentences, the third of which was rewritten this morning. But today, as a result of having very little to do all afternoon and evening, I got a whopping 2402 words written. Take that. Scene openned on the gathering in Vanichek's square, the treaty signing about to occur. Wrote the group teasing Simon about his hat, the freezing of the crowd, Marlene viciously knocking over frozen nobles, and the appearance of the lich and part of the conversation before I decided it was late and I should sleep. Need to find a name for the lich that isn't "lich" because although the word and the idea are old, the usage of the word to describe that idea is specifically from D&D and is only used there and in computer games. Need to talk to Jenny about that, and about some other organizational bits... But now, for sleep.
 
 
 
Jennifer S.sakuragrrl on May 16th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
She was just curious, it wasn't vicious! ... Well, at first...

As for the lich, you could just describe what it is without saying "lich," since it's not a common concept in this world. You could have characters talking about the "corpse of Henry Agason, reanimated through death magic and made ten times more powerful than before" or something. Readers unfamiliar with D&D will go, "Yikes, that's creepy." Readers familiar with D&D will go, "Oh, so, like a lich."
Ryanbardwnb on May 16th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Chuckle; yeah, I know, she started curious and its written that way, don't worry ;).

I guess you have a point about the lich. I kinda like being able to refer to people by some sort of generic name (the man, the thug etc.) alternately with their proper name to change things up. But that would be a solution. Was also considering Koschi, which is the name of a lich-like character from Russian mythology (called "The Deathless"). Since, technically, Boralda was supposed to be vaguely Slavic...
Ossobuco: happy dancingpeacebone on May 16th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
Eheh, maybe Ademar's fault for jumping to illogical conclusions... *grins* I like Jenny's suggestion, that you just describe it and let readers make their own conclusions. After all, identifying him by name after you've described what he is should be enough.

And wow, 2400 words. Very nice! It'll take some work to measure up to that...