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As my main project for January, it seems like a good time to talk a little more in-depth about this, so what I'm going to do is try and outline where the story currently stands, what I'm aiming to do and a little bit about the basic plot.

I'll start with the plot (as that's probably the bit that most people are interested in!). Freya's Daughter (FD from here on) is basically the story of a college/university student, Carrie Evans, who finds herself caught up in an ancient struggle between good - as embodied by Odin, Freya and the rest of the Norse pantheon - and evil - as embodied by Loki, the Norse trickster.

What Carrie learns is that Loki, in an effort to out pace the fate laid out for him in the Ragnarok prophecy, bound Asgard shut, trapping the Norse Gods there and giving him free reign in Mitgard. At least, that was his plan. Unfortunately for Loki, both Odin and Freya took steps to counter him, and that's where Carrie comes in as the latest in the line of avatars for Freya.

It's not exactly something Carrie feels comfortable with! But, as things heat up, it's also not something she can deny.

With her in the adventure are a couple of her friends - Dan Symonds and Rebecca McFadden - and several characters out of Norse mythology - Hermod, Munin and, of course, Loki. There's also quite a large supporting cast, which includes the rest of Carrie's circle of friends (who go on to play bigger roles in the subsequent follow up stories...which I'm not going to get into here!) and pretty much all the major players from Norse mythology.

So that's the basic plot.

The story, as it was written for NaNo 2006, was set in the Haverford/Rosemont/Ardmore/Bryn Mawr area of Pennsylvania and did feature one or two chapters that were pretty blatant padding to get the story to stretch out to the required 50,000 words. In other words, the geography is iffy (!) and the story telling could definitely use quite a bit of tightening up.

In the subsequent stories, it's suited me to relocate the whole story/setting to the UK - partly because of the demands of the stories, partly because it makes the geography easier - so one of the big things I need to do for FD is a full relocation. I also need to de-Americanise the dialogue which is a fairly major effort on its own!

Once that's done, I've then got to look at the padding issues, some of which are as simple as doing as Hemmingway advised and ditching the adjectives and some of which...aren't. The biggest problem here being how to feed in the relevant Norse information without resorting to the current solution, which is El Grande Infodump!

So, in some ways, what I'm looking at is largely a complete rewrite of the story and in other ways, it's just a tune up. Whether I can get ALL the work done in January is a little up for debate, but I can certainly get quite a big chunk of it done and, if I can polish up chapters 1-3, I can look to get the submission process going while I finish off the rest.

Welcome!

Oct. 24th, 2009 08:51 am
athersgeo: Darth Vader meets Riverdance (Default)
I've been meaning to do this for a while *cough* Ah well. Better late than never.

What this journal is going to be for, in the main, is my original writing. Mostly, this is going to amount to a large number of semi-incoherent blatherings as I try to keep my ideas straight and nailed down, but it may also feature the odd homeless short story and some of the writing exercises that I've done for the two OU Creative Writing courses. (It probably *won't* feature any of my actual OU assignments for the time being - I need to check what the rules are about posting those, for one thing, and I really, REALLY don't want to inflict my rather pathetic attempts at poetry on anyone who didn't already have to see it [ie my poor and unfortunate tutor!] - but there are a couple of those that will probably see the light of day in due course.)

Once I've got stuff to the point of submissions, I'll also probably post a record of that process so that I can keep a track of it, but exactly what form that aspect of this journal will take is up in the air at the moment - to submit, one must have submittable work and right at this point, I don't think I have anything that's really and truly ready.

For anyone who's not really that acquainted with me/my writing/my past (mis)adventures, firstly: Hello! Nice to see you :) Secondly, you're probably wondering what it is I write. The answer is that, broadly speaking, I can and will write anything (except poetry - see above). The overwhelming majority of what I write is probably best classed as urban fantasy - think Jim Butcher's Dresden Files - although I tend to be less "vampires and werewolves" and more "gods and myths" and I tend not to be terribly gritty, so maybe urban fantasy lite might be a better term! In between dealing with Norse God librarians (!), I also write semi-historical kidlit and there are one or two projects that I have in mind that aren't either of those two genres.

For anyone here expecting (or hoping for) erotica, sorry, but you're probably in for a long wait. I have written it in the past, but it's not something I have any plans for any time soon. Equally, anyone here looking for information on my fanfic writing, sorry but you're in the wrong journal! For fanfic, please wander by my LJ instead (it's the same username!). (NB The erotica thing stands for the fanfic, too!)

With all that out of the way, I'm going to outline the main projects I have on the boil. There will be posts about them the line and I'll try to remember to tag stuff so that if you're just interested in one project, you can easily find all the information.

In no particular order...

Project 1 - Freya's Daughter
Carrie Evans thought that she was just an average student, but a series of strange encounters lead her to a startling discovery and a challenge that, if she fails, will bring about the end of the world!
This started out as my 2006 NaNo story, and it started out as just a fun way to play with Norse mythology. What I've ended up with is a half-way decent story and a universe that is just too much fun not to play with further.

As it stands at the moment, there are three stories in the universe:
-Freya's Daughter
-Jupiter Rising
-The Mask of Arthur
Each one has a main theme of Norse mythology running through them. Jupiter Rising adds in a Roman thread while The Mask of Arthur adds in chunks of British myth and history.

For more information, check the tag "freya"

Project 2 - A Chinese Adventure
When the Lambert clan decide to go and join the family plantation in China it's only natural that Ruth Watson, Anne Lambert's neice and ward, should go with them and begin the adventure of a lifetime.
About four years ago, I acquired a copy of the un-cut "Gay from China at the Chalet School" and was duly intrigued by what I read. It was pretty clear from EBD's words that she intended to, at some stage, tell the full story of the Lamberts' time in China (in the same way as she DOES tell the Culver family story and the story of the lost staircase - all of which get referred to in this book, too!) but she ended up never actually writing it down. Naturally, I got curious. When I get curious, I start writing...

...the end result is a fill-in story that the current rights holder for the series (Girls Gone By Publishing) are interested in.

For more information, check the tag "china"


There are other projects that I have simmering away and that are much less defined right now, which I will outline if/as/when they come into full being. Look for posts tagged "outline".

And that, I think, just about covers it.

Happy reading!

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