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March 2015



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I need to get some ideas down before I forget them. I've been non-stop on the Giving Campaign all day today (300+ emails) and didn't even get Going Mobile finished. But it will wait for morning now. I need to make some notes on Stn. George & The Terror. I'll put them behind the cut so it doesn't spam your flist. If you do read, however, please let me know if you think these are good starting story ideas to start with and let me know if you have any other good fable titles for me to work with. Thnx!

Opening 8,000 words, or thereabouts.

The story opens with Steven and Madame Walenska on the road. But seven years have passed since the end of the last story. They have been seven years in which the heat of passion and argument have both risen. Now whenever Steven looks into her eyes, he sees the vertical slits of the dragon within. At last Madame Walenska sits Steven down, hands him a gold coin and proceeds to Once Upon a Time him. The story she tells is "The Fool's Gold."

They are joined on the road by a soldier who has come to find Steven and "ask" him to come before the king. As they are camped and there is another "heated" argument between Madame W. and Steven over what direction they should take. Steven responds moodily and a little bit frightened to Madame W. with his story, "The Inevitable Change." In the morning Madame W. is gone without a trace and Steven has acquired a "....." Not going to say yet, but this will be his "hat" for the new story. He goes with the soldier to visit the king, but he cannot interest the soldier in a Once Upon a Time.

Steven is brought before the king who is a great admirer of Steven, even though they have never met. Steven discovers that "his stories travel faster than he does." The king tells Steven that he would like to exchange Once Upon a Times and tells Steven the story of "The Thief of Kings." Then the king explains to Steven that something or someone is terrorizing his richest and most remote principality. Since Steven has mastered his dragon, the king is commanding Steven to go forth and master his terror.

Steven contemplates the command the king has given him and the next morning tells the king his story about how he came by the "....." (Thought you had me, didn't you!) I believ this story is called "The Road to Doom." But that one might change. I'm also thinking that "A Bowl of Light" might be a good one to do next. The upshot is that after Steven has told his story, he gathers up his staff, his donkey, and his "....." and hits the road for another adventure.

Any ideas for stories he might tell or people he might meet on this part of the journey? So far inthe first book he has met
a melon farmer
a village idiot
a tinker
a woodcutter
a knight
a merchant
a thief
a dragon

In the second story he has met
a dragon
a soldier (no story)
a king



I've got baby brain so my first thoughts for encounters was a midwife and a group of children. I'll give it some thought though.
I like the idea of a midwife. My last story lacked women. I'd like to remedy that this time.
How about a gravedigger?

I was thinking about a different kind of thief, like a used car salesman type (or even a graverobber).

An end of the world type of false prophet?

An entertainer, like a bard or magician?

A boat maker?
a weaver might be cool. or a woman who spins. You know - spins wool, spins 'yarns', and such

what about an unreliable narrator story in which the story leads Stephen astray for a bit?

Ummm story names... 'the eggplant of awesome', no just kidding. How about 'The Lance that Wasn't' or 'The Lady of Truth' or erm... 'The Knightly Robe' yeah, okay, I suck at this, I'll quit
All right. I *might* not use the story ideas. ;-) But, I really like the idea of encountering a woman who "Spins Yarns." That just kind of tickles me!
I get the sense that this book's stories may be more intentionally allegorical than last time; as in, the tellers of the stories have a specific point they're trying to make to the tellees by means of the stories. Which, if you think about it, is kind of a passive-aggressive way to communicate but it could certainly work well in this novel.

I like "bowl of light"; that's a great image and makes me want to know what it turns out to be.

Other occupations:

Seamstress / knitter / spinner / embroiderer / or some other practitioner of the String Arts. Those professions are rife with specialty tools and jargon, and as such probably have some fertile soil for puns and so forth. "a stitch in time saves thine," maybe?

A chef, cook, or kitchen wench (food is so heavily symbolic that you can hardly miss)

A doctor, healer, medicine woman, or herbalist. What with medicine and health being so closely connected to life and death and all...

A fisherman. I don't know where you'd necessarily go with that, but I'm eating some goldfish crackers right now and the thought just popped into my head.

A butcher.

A tanner (now there's a nasty, smelly, things-you-don't-want-to-know occupation).

Candlemaker? A provider of light, banisher of darkness and shadow, etc etc.

A scholor (or, equivalently, a priest depending on how you envision Steven's world)

A scribe.

A rag-woman (collector of linen rags, used in early paper manufacture, if there's paper in Steven's world).
Now I'm trying to figure out if the story is "The Inevitable Change" or "The Foregone Conclusion." I like the latter better, but it sounds more like the end of the book. However, for Steven, his first story is the end of his life with Selah (at least for the time being), so perhaps it is appropriate there. I still have a couple of hundred words to write before I get to Steven's first "Once Upon a Time." I'll have to decide by then.