Camp Update

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Happy Saturday cats and kittens.

I meant to post a NaNo update last Saturday, but I was too busy writing. So… that’s good?

Anyway, I wasn’t able to write on Friday because working on personal projects while at my job goes against my employment contract. Such an inconvenience. But on Saturday and Sunday I got a fair bit of writing done, and got well ahead of the game. Success!

I started the week with 12,349 words. Well ahead of schedule!

I also got involved in Word Sprints again, which was fun because the #NaNoHouseCup is amazing and I was repping Ravenclaw, which is obviously going to win.

Then the week started and I fell off the wagon.

Now I have a migraine and a lot of Work Work to do today. I’ll probably flip between writing and accounting because those two activities TOTALLY compliment each other right?

Tomorrow I planned to have a Write-In with my friend the book nerd, and I joked that I was going to do a #10k1day with her, but it turns out I actually have to do that because my job isn’t getting any less busy and I can’t exactly go to my boss like “hey I know you want to move me up in this company but can it wait a month so I can write a novel that won’t earn me any money? Thanks.”

So, Wrimos, I’m off to not write and do some Work Work and drink some coffee. See you all on the other side.

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Witches Abroad: Letting the Characters Tell the Story

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People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.

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The opening of Witches Abroad, maybe the most compelling part of the entire story, goes on to say the following:

Stories don’t care who takes part in them. All that matters is that the story gets told, that the story repeats. Or, if you prefer to think of it like this: stories are a parasitical life form, warping lives in the service only of the story itself.

And how fitting, for this particular story. Usually, when we tell the story of Cinderella, for example, the same cast takes part: A virtuous young aristocratic girl, a good, charming prince, a pair of talentless, nasty stepsisters (ugly or otherwise), a wealthy, evil, self-serving stepmother, and a plump little fairy godmother.

I would argue that those are pretty specific static roles. The story seems to very much care who takes part in it – these boring, static, rice-cake characters we see in every Disney movie, cheap Disney ripoff, Disney live action remake, bad attempt at a modern retelling, and so on. [EDIT: erm has reminded me to point out that only some Disney movies have rice-cake characters. More on that at a later time, but for now, let’s assume I’m talking about Cinderella.] But I think Pratchett’s point is not that anyone can be a princess – it’s that princesshood, or princehood, or stepmotherhood, or whatever other fairy tale role you choose, is a thing that sucks the personality, diversity, and humanity straight out of a character.

In Witches Abroad, the people reclaim the story. Continue reading “Witches Abroad: Letting the Characters Tell the Story”