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Martha Wells

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Good News and Various

YAY!!!! I just got a great Publishers Weekly review for Stories of the Raksura: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below! "The Raksura world features innovative and alien creatures; Wells thinks far outside the humanoid fantasy box. The line between animal and person is drawn extremely thin, and the power structure among the races resembles nature more than it resembles any human civilization. With a strong sense of adventure, horror, and mystery, this is an enjoyable read for fantasy fans seeking a new series to sample."

I also got an invite to be on the WorldCon program, so I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and go. (Bite the bank account, actually, because the hotels are hella expensive this year.) I have a roommate so it shouldn't be too bad.

Writing ramble

One thing I've noticed is I still have an occasional plotting problem which I think of as getting ahead of myself and leaving the characters behind. When I trying to move the characters through a sequence of events because that's what I need to have happen, and it's just not working, because I'm not considering whether 1) the characters are actually going to want to do these things at this point 2) these things are or are not priorities for them at this point. These things have to happen, I just have to make sure the characters' motivations are lined up first and that there's space to deal with the stuff that they see as more important. It's a POV issue, which I tend to think lies at the root of most of the roadblocks and problems in writing. You have to see things from the characters' viewpoint at all times.

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Yay! I'm really looking forward to that collection. And the hinted at next book ...

I've also got a Raksura Aeriat question - tool use by the Aeriat. I know that the Arbora use tools (anvils, etc., have been mentioned), but it seems rare that the Aeriat use tools at all. Is not using tools the norm for them? Or are there exceptions lurking in future books?

And an odd question - what is your next favorite race to write about in the 3 Worlds setting?

Congrats on the review! I'm waiting very (im)patiently for part II of the stories.

I don't want to have to wait 'til JUNE!!! Arrrrrrrgh!

Yay for good reviews!

I just preordered this yesterday. Really looking forward to it.

Yay for roommates!!!!

I suppose I'd better buy my membership, huh? :-D

Regarding forcing the characters in line with the plot--whether they like it or not--I do that too sometimes. It's easy to do, because the story is all ready for you to write it in a certain way, but the characters are still affected by what happened before, or what their worries are about the future, or whatever.

I love the way you put it: "You have to see things from the characters' viewpoint...."

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