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The Ailos and "Sunny" story - okay, now where?

By:Dwimordene
 June, 28 2011

In 2009, I wrote "Beyond the Pale," about two teenaged recruits who abandoned Pelargir. One was from Harad, one from Lebennin. In 2011, for B2MEM, I tried expanding their sto

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In 2009, I wrote "Beyond the Pale," about two teenaged recruits who abandoned Pelargir. One was from Harad, one from Lebennin. In 2011, for B2MEM, I tried expanding their story. Still trying to figure out how to do so successfully. Wanna help?


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Beyond the Pale started everything out. It's a pretty simple story looking at the unheroic participants in the Ring-War and meaning by that no condemnation of them whatsoever. Most people aren't heroic, especially for something that doesn't immediately touch them, and often even for things that do.

In that story, I wanted to look at a situation in which two people get caught up in a violence they can neither control nor bear, and come out of it each pretty chewed up inside, but still, despite being responsible for the violence they have done, being still innocent for the violence they have been absolutely unable to commit.

And I had had this notion that I wanted to see where they ended up, but (a) had had no clear sense of how they'd get wherever they ended up, or (b) when I'd have time to write it, or (c) that a pair of original characters so scantily sketched would be of interest to others. Reader interest got my muses going a bit back in March, resulting in the unfinished drabble serial without a name:

Wayward

Man's Measure

Passages

The Road through Lossarnach

Havenless

Life from stone

So, not that I don't have three unpaid summer jobs to be doing or anything * cough * but I do rather want to find a way to finish their story, even if it means rewriting it.

But since I do have, essentially, three unpaid summer jobs before becoming an underpaid adjunct at large and Roads Scholar * sigh * when the school term starts, I thought I'd see if readers had any comments or ideas about these two, or points of confusion they hoped would be clarified by a completed story.

Have at it, if you're interested I'll be in and out, and without a lot of time to play, but all work and no play makes Dwim a dull girl... So there you'll be doing the world a favor and possibly helping to nudge inspiration to life. :-)

Dwim

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