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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Cicatrix and names 
30th-Nov-2009 05:45 pm
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I was kept awake this afternoon by a rampaging story. Cicatrix unfolds and unfolds.

One thing I was telling Gwyn about Saturday was names in this. Names are important in my writing; sit down with me for a few hours sometime and ask me about names in Shayara! So it was fascinating to me that my protagonist in Cicatrix was not telling me her name; she has a rotating list of names that she uses, but is clear that none of those are actually her name. This didn't much surprise me, as she's quite dissociative; she literally does not think about herself as herself.

It took another character to give me her name - when the antagonist smiles and says "I remember you. You're what's left when the fire's gone."

Her name is Ash. That antagonist is Kai. One of the other characters has been very definite about his name being Aaron.

I realize this is of interest to maybe three of you, but there you have it.

(I need a Cicatrix icon.)

(Also, Cicatrix =
1 : a scar resulting from formation and contraction of fibrous tissue in a wound
2 : a mark resembling a scar especially when caused by the previous attachment of an organ or part (as a leaf))
30th-Nov-2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
No, I understand this completely. Back in the days when I wrote, as opposed to my current occupation of romancing, polishing and pitching others' words, names were not easy to come by.
30th-Nov-2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
You're right. That is her name.
1st-Dec-2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Yes. :)
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1st-Dec-2009 03:47 am (UTC)
That line so suits Kai, too. She never says a thing without knives behind it...
1st-Dec-2009 12:27 am (UTC)
My characters insist on names, too, even if I don't particularly like the name. Recent story: Leuka, Anselm, and Lionel -- all names I'd not have picked if I was going for something I "liked". They just come to me with names already attached.
1st-Dec-2009 03:46 am (UTC)
I tried to name a character in Shayara Benjamin. It did not take. He very firmly insisted that his name was Joseph.
1st-Dec-2009 02:19 am (UTC)
It's of interest to me.
Names are quite important to my characters, as well.
1st-Dec-2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Cool. I like it.

As an aside, thanks for the definition of cicatrix, because that is exactly the word I was looking forward to describe the scar on my back/neck.
1st-Dec-2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Both definitions suit the story. :)
1st-Dec-2009 03:43 am (UTC)
I realize this is of interest to maybe three of you, but there you have it.

Actually, I'm always interested to hear about other writers' processes, especially writers whom I greatly respect. Thank you for sharing this.
1st-Dec-2009 03:45 am (UTC)
1st-Dec-2009 05:18 am (UTC)
nice icon.....

I did read, and haven't read your actual work, so I can't comment on that...

but NICE icon.
1st-Dec-2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
Me in 2004!
1st-Dec-2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
::grins:: Sometimes my characters are really picky about names. Other times, they're stubbornly silent on the subject.
6th-Dec-2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Very cool!
14th-Dec-2009 01:42 am (UTC)
my first thought, I admit, was "Cicatrix sounds like a new SSRI"
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