Writing reboot progress report, 4 May 2014

Good evening and May the Fourth be with you. It’s neither the only nor the best geek rememberance day this month, and it is my intention to read Hitchhiker’s Guide again before the other one (should I liveblog that one? I could liveblog that one. What do you reckon?) But for now, it’s writing time.

Music: Nuvole Bianche, Ludovico Einaudi

(Yes, I like Einaudi’s music and I find it easier to have one familiar track on repeat than a whole album. Whereas I giorni is amongst my top three tracks, alongside Due Tramonti and Eden Roc, Nuvole Bianche has the right emotions for what I’m writing today.)

Thoughts and plans:

Yesterday I finished with Fiarra returning to Laik’s rooms with clean bedding she’d been sent to fetch, and Fiarra and Laik making Lai’s bed together. I want to show, through actions, that Laik isn’t exactly the evil slaver Fiarra views her as. There’s more going on here that Fiarra realises and a lot of it is inside Laik’s head. I can’t give Laik’s perspective and I can’t, yet, have Fiarra thinking that Laik might have any more depth than she’d given her credit for, but I can put the clues in place for the reader using the way Laik acts and what she says, even if Fiarra herself doesn’t cotton on to what it all means.

This is the big relationship of the story, Fiarra and Laik. How they view one another and how that changes over time is a key part of the plot and an important part of how they both make decisions. So I need to give it the time it deserves.

In terms of events I don’t think this section will be that exciting. They finish making the bed and then Fiarra goes to the kitchens to fetch their evening meals on a tray. The important bit here is to show Laik’s awkwardness about the situation, and while out on the errand have Fiarra building up her grudge and feeding her anger and hatred.

Bit of a late one tonight, as I had a guest over, so I’m starting the writing at 22:27. Good thing it’s a Bank Holiday tomorrow and there’s no work!


726 words, finishing 23:02. Shorter session tonight but it is late. Progress is still progress. Goals achieved: hint of awkwardness, the build up of the grudge, and actions to indicate not all is as it seems with Laik. Tomorrow I’ll finish off the day and the scene with it, and then I’ll need to think about where to take things next. I don’t want to make thing boring or have a “the days that followed…” thing. I think it might be time Fiarra met the mine director for a second time. Prentor is a character who in many respects is a lot like Laik, but he presents a way in which I can show how Fiarra’s feelings and views about someone are subjective, because while she hates Laik for enslaving her, she is a lot more friendly with Prentor – who ran the mine where she was enslaved at the start of the story. Her judgement isn’t, then, necessarily fair or balanced, and come the end of the story Fiarra will come to realise that her view of what justice should be for these two people isn’t in line with what people who aren’t involved see things. Where outsiders – a jury, maybe a reader – would see these two cases similarly in terms of what Prentor and Laik deserve, Fiarra will use the good Prentor does as an excuse to ignore or forget the bad – and the bad that Laik does and has done as justification for ignoring the good. At least, that’s the plan regarding Prentor.

And tomorrow’s scene will see Fiarra meet Prentor for the second time.

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