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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Odin's Day 
9th-Sep-2009 08:59 am
Happy birthday to gothwalk!

Hello to new reader dqg_neal!

Ugh. Am doing the waking-up-at-4am thing again; this is two days in a row. Which means I lose a chunk of my day to napping. Fie, I tell you. Fie.

Places You Haunt
My problem for the moment is a classic me problem: I know everything about this story except how to begin it. The previous beginning worked well, but that was with Sara's POV, and it relied upon her knowing nothing about the people who'd just returned and why Doodle was reacting the way he did: it set up the mystery for her. With Doodle's POV, that scene doesn't work. Not without setting up his world significantly more beforehand, showing the status quo that's being destroyed by that return. But do I want to spend an intro on minutaie? No, not really; that's not going to grab you, is it?

I'll figure something out. And hopefully I'll figure it out today.

Oi, Vermonters!
nex0s is selling her late father's possessions to raise money for his cremation. Need an electrical wheelchair, HDTV, or freestanding AC unit? Click over here and give her a hand.

Oi, Bostonians!
I am intrigued by this. Anyone want to go with?

So yesterday? My computer shut itself off just randomly, not even when it was meant to be sleeping. I now have no confidence that it will make it to Chanukah. Meaning that, since I am jobless and therefore can't get credit at the Apple Store, I get to call my parents and beg for a computer loan. *sigh* I really wanted to make it to Chanukah, you know?

Today's my first autumn BARCC gig! <3 I've been looking forward to this since my return. I have four coming up over the next two weeks, and they're all relatively low-key - tablings, lavender sales, speeches about what we do and volunteer opportunities.

Link Soup/Daily Science
Is all They Might Be Giants videos today! The Elements, Science is Real, I Am a Paleontologist, and Electric Car.

Breakfast (I just re-woke up), shower, WTD. Hopefully figuring out where Doodle wants to start his story. BARCC gig this evening, followed by seeing 9 with feste_sylvain.
9th-Sep-2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Yay, BARCC gig! How was Elayna's first day?
9th-Sep-2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I should've said! It was excellent. She really likes her history teacher, in particular. :)
9th-Sep-2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Any chance of using the Sarah POV to introduce Doodle (he IS shy from what we've seen) and give him the reason to open up and tell her/the reader his story? I'm not always a huge fan of the intro then POV swap to another character, but it might work here since we're talking about having to delve into a lot of history for Doodle that he's chosen to maybe not deal with so much and now Sarah wants to know (plus Sarah is a parallel for him in some ways- forcing him to look at things again). So you'd get Sarah's perspective coming to Vegas for an intro and then swap to Doodle.

Not sure if that makes sense for you or would even work...
9th-Sep-2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
What I'm leaning toward is telling about Doodle coming to Vegas, then jumping ahead ten years... not entirely sure about it, though.
9th-Sep-2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
I say start with the first exciting scene, even if there's a need for background to fully understand it, and then work the background in through the rest of the story to pull the reader in and onward.
9th-Sep-2009 02:21 pm (UTC) - Hmm
the ART performance could be awesome or it could be a bomb. I may wait to read some reviews.
9th-Sep-2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'd go to sleep no more.
9th-Sep-2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
My local St. Vincent de Paul store has been selling computers in good shape for low prices.
10th-Sep-2009 04:00 am (UTC) - Places You Haunt
You could do alternate chapters w/alternate POV and/or timeframes. My favorite book by Patricia C. Wrede Caught In Crystal does this amazingly; having one chapter set in the "present" with a group that now has to deal with a situation that the main character encountered in the past; and the alternating chapters showing the original group forming and encountering the situation and how they dealt with it (ineffectually) originally. Eventually the storylines converge and go forth from the "present".

Hope this helps.
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