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11:49 am: An Guest Blog appearance and a review!

Essay in Bull Spec Magazine…

On The Hardest Part! (of writing)

When I was twelve, I started my first novel. My father distributed movies to television stations, and I occasionally worked for him, stuffing Gumby dolls into envelopes and other odd tasks that the children of film distributors are called upon to do. Because of his work, though, I was very familiar with copyright laws and the fact that it was not legal to write about other people's characters.
Armed with this information, I very carefully put in hours of work to invent my own stuff, rather than write in the worlds of favorite authors, as friends occasionally did.
I was tremendously conscientious about it.
You would think that I would be the last person in the world who would find myself, almost forty years later,  having to 'file off serial numbers' in order to write a story. But no, here I am, writing more than one series that-at first anyway look-dangerously skirts the line of being called fan fiction.
So, you might ask: how did I come to this sad state of affairs?

Read more:
http://bullspec.com/2013/12/04/the-hardest-part-l-jagi-lamplighter-on-the-unexpected-enlightenment-of-rachel-griffin/

Review by author Jonathan Moeller:

Last year I wrote that the PROSPERO’S DAUGHTER trilogy, by L. Jagi Lamplighter, was one of the best books I read in 2012 (the other being WOOL by Hugh Howey), and so when she offered me the chance to read her new young adult novel, THE UNEXPECTED ENLIGHTENMENT OF RACHEL GRIFFIN, before it was published, I jumped at the chance.
THE UNEXPECTED ENLIGHTENMENT OF RACHEL GRIFFIN is a young adult novel targeted primarily at girls. The protagonist, one Rachel Griffin, is a twelve-year-old girl sent for her first term at a school for young wizards, run under the auspices of the Parliament of the Wise (what the wizards, rather immodestly, call themselves). Rachel has the good fortune of an eidetic memory and a constant thirst for secrets, which is both an advantage and a liability in a society of wizards. Rachel quickly discovers that all is not well in the world of the Wise, and soon finds herself dealing with a secret society of evil wizards called the Velterdammerung along with the normal concerns of a child.

http://www.jonathanmoeller.com/writer/?p=3519

 

 

 

 

Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)

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From:annafirtree
Date:December 5th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
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Not sure if my comment on the other site went through or not, but I thought I'd throw out the suggestion: "Weave" as a replacement for Pattern.

You walk the Weave, draw the Weave, "put up a Weave"; things could be enwoven; archmages discuss "Balance and the Weave". And watch out, or the Weave will stop you from moving between worlds.
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 5th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
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Interestingly, the guy who published the Hardest Part essay also suggested weave, which is funny because we had not considered it, but it is a good option.

What I really did for the book was I separated the test for getting the power(walking the pattern) from the design/power. The test is now sitting on a throne. The power is called the Runelaw...so stuff can be lawfulized.

It's not perfect. I'm going to play around with weave, too. But the cool part is the guys who have the power are called Runelords, which I rather like.
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From:annafirtree
Date:December 5th, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Weavemasters sounds cool, too, but arguably less so than Runelords. Weavers? Loomlords? I think I'd stick with Weavemasters when you play around with Weave.
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 5th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
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While Weavemasters sounds rather cool on its own, it sounds a bit like what some of the other Great Races do...which could be confusing.

Still...will mull!
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From:annafirtree
Date:December 5th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Do you have a name for what the other Great Races do?
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 5th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah. Lots of them. LOL Most of them either were not stolen to begin with (like Yeshue and Formori) or we changed them long ago (Like Jedi to Arcadian). But Dreamweaver was one of the terms we had looked at for one of the other races.
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From:annafirtree
Date:December 5th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, weavemasters and dreamweavers are close to overlapping. Some brainstorming possibilities:
- Call the Dreamweavers "Dreamers" instead, or "Dreamlords", or "Dreamdoyens".
- Call the Pattern-makers some other sewing related term relating to weaves: Stitchlords... Sewmasters... Warp gurus... Weft doyens... "the Warp-and-Woofers" is a bit clumsy.
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