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Sep. 8th, 2016 @ 10:08 am Balach Dubh Story Snippet
This had me in tears writing it.

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Aug. 30th, 2016 @ 04:51 pm A terrifying magical talent
In my dream this morning there was a talented artist; he could draw anything. But when he erased what he had drawn, he also erased that which he drew - person, place, thing - it was gone.

It reminds me of the spell used by the wizard in Tanya Huff's Smoke and Shadows. She would doodle while explaining something until the person to whom she was speaking was satisfied. Afterwards, she would erase the doodle and the memory of the explanation. One limitation of the spell was that the person had to be satisfied that they had received a complete explanation. One drawback was that if the lines of the doodle were filled in again, then the memory would be restored.

This leads me to wonder ...

First, I should mention, the artist in question could not create anything by drawing a non-existant thing. That said, I wonder, if the drawing erased were to be restored ... would the item that he drew also be restored? Could he do it himself or could another do it without his input? Would it matter how well or poorly the image was restored.

I would imagine, however, that IF such a spell reversal were possible, the image would have to be drawn in the same place on the same sheet of paper. But I suspect the reversal is not possible.

I don't remember anything else about the dream or how this man fit in.
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Aug. 27th, 2016 @ 07:09 pm Ghost squad dreams
Yestermorn I woke from a dream in which Sgt. Grioff had been captured by goblins and 'I' was working a scheme (with others) to get him free. There was a boat and a marina involved.

This morning Professor Winton-Smythe was investigating a reported haunting on a moor. Madame Dobransky issued the warning that if he went to the area marked as F on the map (where the haunting was reportedly sited) that he would be severely injured and might die. If he investigated in another area of the moors (A or B, maybe D) he would find the solution to the mystery. Where was a single mother (widow) struggling to raise her children involved and one of those children was writing notes in the alphabet of ... one of the Otherfolk. Dwarves, perhaps? Not all the dwarves left when the Borders of Faerie closed.
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Aug. 24th, 2016 @ 08:11 am Writing Progress - Balach Dubh, draft 2
7442 words on the second draft

I had some trouble with the flower introduction scene. It was the first one I wrote and I made some deductions that proved to be very wrong. I'm still not entirely happy with it, but I suppose it will do. I did manage to introduce why the flowers were there and what the girls were doing with them. Also described what was to go on the next day - at the Beltane celebrations.
"We have twice as many flowers as last year; we'll be able to decorate not only the Dancing Green but also the Grotto, the Forest Altar and the Folly," Jeremiah told Sarah, naming the four major ritual worship spaces on campus.

Sarah was surprised. "The Folly?" she echoed. "Why? Last I heard, before we left, there was tonight's bonfire and tomorrow's maypole on the Dancing Green, the offerings of food on the Forest Altar and the sacred mysteries in the Grotto. What's happening in the Folly?"

Of the four, only the Folly, a marble gazebo that looked like a minature Greek temple located in the middle of a large hedge maze, was the only one that could be seen by Ægeria Hall, and then only by the upper windows. It was mostly used by classicists of Greek and Roman tradition; and never for any of the quarter or cross-quarter celebrations.

They were close enough to the wall of flowers that Malala heard the exchange. She turned, smiling, the only one of those present, in Sarah's opinion, who looked like she belonged. Surrounded by brilliantly coloured exotic blooms, graceful in a vibrant sari, jangles of bangles on arm and brilliant carmine caste mark in the centre of her forehead, indicating the third eye of her discipline, she was like an exquisite carving of an Indian dancing goddess come to life.

Only the clipboard she carried was out of place.

She spoke, answering Sarah's question. "That was Jeremiah's idea. There will be a lot of people here tomorrow for the picnic and games; not only University students and families, children from the local schools, their parents and teachers, but also townspeople. Jeremiah thought it would nice to give them a photo op. Decorate the Folly and have a professional photographer available for those who don't want to take their own."
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Aug. 21st, 2016 @ 11:02 pm Balach Dubh - draft 2
5707 words total

0100 with Alys Liddleton
0400 with Sally O'Shea
0700 with Alys Liddleton
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Aug. 20th, 2016 @ 10:58 pm Balach Dubh - draft 2
word count on the second draft - 3605

0100 with Alys Liddleton
0400 with Sally O'Shea
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Aug. 20th, 2016 @ 07:08 pm Writing process - Balach Dubh
I said I wouldn't do it, but I am. This morning I began ordering the scenes of the manuscript chronologically, trying to determine what information needs to be filled in, what scenes need to be amended, in order for the tale to progress to its logical conclusion. I edited the first two scenes - both involving Alys Liddleton in her role as coroner for the Special Response unit, I made a start at compiling a series reference, and I wrote the third scene - the only "new" output for today. One thing I learned; Sally O'Shea really does not care for Jace Walker.

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Aug. 19th, 2016 @ 09:48 pm Long ago when I was in school ...
... as a student that is, I would often get bored in class and start noodling in the margins. Now, while I'm writing, I will write notes to myself in the margins ... questions "Where is such and so?" or "need to change that in the earlier scene." That sort of thing.

Yesterday I became distracted when someone mentioned that Balach Dubh, the giant's child, is an incursion subject Type 614. I started wondering what other types there might be. This is what I came up with.

GIANT = 614
SIDHE = 519
VAMPIRE = 840 or maybe 734
GOBLIN = 608
BOGIE = 806
GHOST = 6O5 or a 748

Not that a ghost is exactly an incursion subject, I haven't exactly encountered one yet. And the vampire in question isn't a "I vant to drink your blud! Blah Blah Blah" type of vampire. I suspect that there actually are two different species - Baobhan sìdhe (Type 840) are more traditional violence and blood-drinkers. Lalaloxanna is more of a Leannan sìdhe (Type 734), aka "fairy sweetheart/ lover".

A visitor from the Nether realms would be a Type 934. I very very much doubt that the Special Response Unit would be called in to deal with a visitor from the Celestial realms, but such a one might be a Type 609.
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Aug. 19th, 2016 @ 12:56 pm 'The time has come,' the walrus said,
'To talk of many things,
Of sailing ships and sealing wax,
Of cabbages and kings,
Of why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings.'

Or, in this instance, for me to eat my words.

I had said that I would not edit or revise the manuscript until it was done, but I find that I've come to the point where I know what the solution is but I've made some blunders flailing around trying to understand WHY different characters were doing different things ... trying to rationalize why they were doing one thing instead of another ... that I feel I need to go back and clean it up. Most egregariously, I had thought that once Alys finished up the postmortem Madame said she was elbows deep in that she would be free to do other things - because at the time Alys and her doings were a big blank to me. But now I find that I know what she's been doing all the while and ... I have to make some changes.

So, I've printed out what I have to date and will be looking it over. Wish me luck?
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Aug. 19th, 2016 @ 10:22 am Writing Progress - Balach Dubh
1508 words written today
59361 words total in the document

Still filling in information pertinent to the story's ending. I had said that I wouldn't try editing anything until I got to the end of the story but ... umm, I'm running into some problems of pacing and timing. Some people are places where there's not enough time for them to be and I need to resolve this to figure out ... well, who is where when.

The Black Hound of Claire College, Cooshy, has made his appearance. An odd thing, something I would NEVER have consciously considered. After Alys experiences the baying cry of a Gabriel Hound in close quarters (she is not the prey), her pov sequences sound like ... like an epic tale told by a bard. It's only when she shakes off the last effects of his howl that she sounds again like herself. Well, mostly.

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