Like a Thousand Secrets She Would Never Know

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Actually Finishing Something July
Week Four

How goes progress?

Like a veritable milieu of high language.  I have no very clear idea how the next scene in Gingerune is going to unfold, and it doesn't feel like the sort of scene I can just walk into and hope it will come out all right in the end.  And inspiration has been a little lax lately.  It doesn't help that some of my other Muses have been dragging me off by my hair.  But the 500 plunk has seen me through some bad times; I hope to slip into the next scene gingerly (ah ha) within the next day or so and hopefully something will come of it.  "So say we all."

Snippets!

I haven't been able to do snippets in a while.  The question allowed for two, but I think I will share a little more as a kind of peace offering to you.  Enjoy!

You were under the bull’s hooves that time, she thought to herself. Slowly, achingly, she made her flogged body relax. You’ve come out again. Oh God of Mazelin, how many times am I going to be thrown under them?
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No fish came, hard as she tried to conjure. Lying on her side, strangely comforted by the street-talk with which Roxane peppered her Earth-Master, Ginger began the long climb back to sanity. She knew it would take a long time: last time she had nearly been crushed by a bull it had taken her over a month to make herself look at a bullock without trembling all over. She knew it would take a long time, but Mazelin did not have a long time. He could not hold her and the world together if he was falling to pieces himself.
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With the air of a queen Roxane sprang up into the bed of the car, clutching the high scalloped side with her head turned away from her driver. Teeth set in a silent laugh, Athanassoulis climbed up after her, wrapped the reins around his wrists, and leaned back casually, waiting as Mazelin lifting Ginger into their chariot and got a feel for his team.
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Her daughter’s voice turned hard. “If anyone or anything comes, I will rip off their heads with my teeth.”
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I think we got much the same impression at the same time: a heap of golden curls, a foreign-style gown heavily embroidered with silver crystals and gold thread, two laughing blue eyes and a prim, mocking mouth smiling at us out of a flawless face. I suppressed the instinct to whistle and glanced at [my master], expecting him to be waving me back. Instead I found a man I had not known before. Always polite, ever the well-bred gentleman’s son, I found [his] heritage of blue blood and feudal supremacy had awoken with a vengeance. The young man stared down at the lady with the flush of possessiveness in his face. 
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[His father] smiled. “Yes. When we fall for our women, we fall for them hard. Rather fantastic, I take it, is the Lady Jennalaide?”
“Nonpareil!” 
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There was a sound of footsteps behind us. Flinging a desperate glance over his shoulder, [my master] said, “I’ll do my best to keep the tigers at bay. Go on!” And he grabbed her by the shoulders, spun her about—one got a glimpse of a magnificent hour-glass in warm alabaster—and shoved her back into her room. 
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"I'm not shape-shifting into a woman! There are some things a man draws the line at!"
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How would the main character of your story react if she were introduced to you?

That is really hard to say.  I don't know how I appear to other people so I couldn't tell you accurately what Ginger might think of me.  My initial impression is that she would not think much of me, really.  She might come to appreciate my brain, maybe, if she were excessively charitable...  But in general I don't believe I am much to crow about and I doubt anyone, much less someone as frank and disobliging toward women in general as Ginger, would care a penny for me.  My only comfort is that I don't believe she would out-and-out despise me.

Introduce us to one or two of the secondary characters in your story.

I'll give you Lysane: typical dark Grecian beauty, locally celebrated flower seller with a promising match with an iron-worker.  She is kind, just a little soft in the brain, imminently respectable - everything Ginger is not. 

If one of your characters were allowed to choose a super-power, what would it be?

Nothing so easy!  Ginger would possess the ability to go from place to place without crossing the distance in between.  Where I come from, we call it "world-bending."

We're nearing the end of this summer challenge!  Is the completion of your goal in sight?

If I can get through this next scene by the end of July, I will be momentarily satisfied.  It shouldn't be too hard; my scenes aren't usually that long.  But what with the trip to Scotland happening around the end of August, beginning of September, I may be down-shifting so that I don't stress myself out too much between packing, planning, and plotting.  But I think I will manage to make this July a success.

Too bad, you're late for Actually Finishing Something July, but you can still visit it here!  That's the nice thing about the internet.

9 ripostes:

  1. Okay, now I must know. Who/what/where is Ethandune? o_O I loved the last snippet. ;D
    Ah, Scotland! Again I beg you to tell us everything & to take some pictures & to share them & to not have too much fun gallivanting about those luscious rolling hills while we sit at home and drink our tea complacently. Easy, right? *wink*

    Ah ha. That last line. ;D

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  2. That last line. What are we for but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?

    I will definitely be sure to take pictures and blog about my adventures in the isle which has inspired so many great writers.

    As for who/what/where is Ethandune, it is an insidious little creature which I was hoping to hold off for rather a bit longer. Only, so many people have said, "Oh yes, Jenny, that's a good idea," that the deuced thing got on airs and pushed itself to the front of the story line. I've tried to placate it by scribbling a few ideas down in a notebook and scrawling patchwork scenes. I'm hoping that will keep it for now (have not much hope) so that I can get back to Gingerune. I'm not sure what it is with "UNE:" PlenilUNE, GingerUNE. I really did not mean to do that. I did not make up Ethandune myself. It came with that name. And it can go back from whence it came at least until next year, please!

    Cultivating my character's knack of saying much and nothing at all...

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  3. Funny, I was just about to ask whether all your novels ending in "UNE" had some kind of connection with each other. :) And I got a chuckle from that last line too.

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  4. Well, they do, but the connection is, oddly enough, not the "UNE" bit. One must keep one's readers on their toes, and all that...

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  5. I am now intensely intrigued as to how Gus Pike managed to fit himself into Ethandune...

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  6. Not knowing that was Gus Pike (or knowing who Gus Pike is, for that matter) I would like to know too...

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  7. Gus Pike is a character from the tv show Road to Avonlea, which is a spinoff of the Kevin Sullivan Anne of Green Gables films, and it's, oh, you know, the best tv series on earth. Nothing special. And the picture of the chap with the suspenders and the pipe is of him (the actor's name is Michael Mahonen). Did you choose it as a prototype for a character, or just general inspiration? Because now I'm becoming quite curious as to who he might be. (Oh, and you should check out Road to Avonlea. It's a sequence of continual delights.)

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  8. I looked up who he is after I saw your comment. I've seen the first of the Anne films (quite a long one, and very enjoyable - I've seen it many times over), but none of the others. Anne of Green Gables is the only book of that series which I have read. Abigail, I think, has read all of them. But no, I did not use Gus Pike as inspiration; I stumbled across his picture some time ago and it went in rather well with the general aura of my story, forgot about it, and stumbled across it again after creating the character to which I have now assigned that general visage. Mahonen as Gus Pike suits the character rather well in appearance, I find.

    Also, suspenders...!

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  9. Suspenders indeed. Enough said. :D

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