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Cicatrix Q&A Thread 
2nd-Aug-2010 08:58 am
Writing - photo
Because I gave you an unusual amount of something you're unfamiliar with and I was sleep-depped when I did it, and because there have been some good questions already - ask me anything here.

(Also I need Cicatrix icons, clearly.)
2nd-Aug-2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
This question may have been asked already, but how do the "Elsewheres" fit into the narrative structure of the novel?

Also, I want Aaron to teach me to dance. Maybe then I'll become something resembling competent.
2nd-Aug-2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
The elsewheres are not as prevalent in the novel as they are here; here, I was limited in what I was writing by the auction items, so I thought "hm, that doesn't tie into the main story, but it can be something from an elsewhere." They'll be scattered throughout the novel, but most of the novel takes place in this world.

Ash singing Aaron's name and Aaron re-teaching her to dance were two things I knew would happen and had hoped I'd get around to during the 'thon!
2nd-Aug-2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Is Aaron's name written in here-standard musical notation? If so, where did Ash learn to sightread?

(I never could learn - it just never clicked in my brain. I was in choir for over eight years and I've always had to learn music by listening to it.)
2nd-Aug-2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Here-standard; he translated it and designed the tattoo after he stopped going elsewhere.

One of the things I never found a way to work in: Ash plays violin, and Aaron plays cello. It'll be mentioned in the novel, but I never got around to mentioning it here.
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2nd-Aug-2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm already dreaming of embroidering/sewing a cicatrix shirt...


I feel really ready to write it now, in a way I wasn't previously. The characters too a while to reveal themselves to me, and the way I write, I can't do a damn thing if the characters aren't whole and talking.

Hell, I didn't know Jason's death would be there until I sat down to write what I read at Readercon. And obviously it shapes everything.
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2nd-Aug-2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hm. Not much, I think - that aspect of it was pretty set in stone pre-Inception. Ash can only get to abandoned elsewheres (other than her own), so nothing she does there affects the people they used to belong to.
2nd-Aug-2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, can I email/dm/something you my question?
2nd-Aug-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
E-mail's better than DM.
2nd-Aug-2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Done, and thanks, and hope you're holding up OK.
2nd-Aug-2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'm holding up okay on the Cicatrix front; writing it was good, not enervating. It's the non-writing stuff that's kicking my ass.
2nd-Aug-2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not being in the loop, I could only offer the general-type good wishes. ^^;
2nd-Aug-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
What three things about you would you want a friend to know?
2nd-Aug-2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Anything about Cicatrix, I mean!
2nd-Aug-2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Whoops, will get new question:)
2nd-Aug-2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Ok, yes. You remember back when you first started posting little bits that might become Cicatrix? There was a while thing about a girl with liquid silver and getting her name cut out of her back, and I was REALLY FASCINATED BY THIS. Is it still part of Cicatrix, is it related to Aaron's story, WHAT IS THE DEAL HERE?
5th-Aug-2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Mostly I just wanted to say that I enjoyed the Cicatrix blogathon entries overall. The tie-ins with the auction items were fun and I thought the dips into 'elsewheres' worked well, both for showing why they were refuges and why Aaron -- and Ash, ultimately -- would not choose to return to them. Childlike, imaginative, magical, but ... hollow. A dreamlike sense of 'everything here is you' instead of a true diversity.

I'm glad you wrote the bones rather than the details, so that blogathon could end on the conclusion instead of stopping in the middle. :)
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