Monday, September 6, 2010

Chapter 20 Finished!

Just now! Just a moment ago! Eel reference included!

wordcountometer = 71,318!

Up next, Chapter 21, "Francisco the Bear." Francisco is a Eurasian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos arctos). He and the king will share a memorable scene.

9 comments:

  1. Ivana & Nevets: The author is thrilled, too! I should have the bear chapter finished by the end of this week! Excitement! I have to read up on bears today!

    The closer I get to the end of the book, the more the story becomes morally ambiguous. Is that a problem? Because I can't seem to stop it from happening.

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  2. "Do you think it's a problem?"

    Not to sound all therapist, but sometimes morally ambiguous is a good ending. Sometimes it's a cop-out. A lot of it depends on your intent. If you're aiming to make a moral point and end up morally ambiguous, that's probably a misfire.

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  3. Well, one of the reasons I write at all is to show how life is morally ambiguous. So it's not a problem for me; it's a feature! Also, one of the thematic arcs of this book (spoiler alert) is that the characters move from believing "we do what we do because it is right!" to believing "we do what we do because it's what we do!"

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  4. As a reader, that's only a problem if the development arc doesn't track for me. If there's a point at which I say, "Well, how did they get from C to G?" then I will be upset and annoyed.

    Otherwise... 'sta bien.

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  5. Also, piecing some things together I'm left with you writing about everyone needing morally ambiguous hugs, and that leaves me in a very uncomfortable place.

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  6. Nevets: You get used to the morally ambiguous hugs after a while, even in the uncomfortable places.

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  7. First, I need to get used to the morally affirmative hugs.

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