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13 October 2006 @ 05:18 pm
Commentary thingie for Five Sunrises  
Since everyone has presumably read "Five Sunrises" who's interested in it, I thought I might do a little meta post on it (instead of rambling on in rosiethehobbit's email. :) Probably of no interest to anybody but me, but I know I like to read the "behind the scenes" things writers do, so if you do too, feel free to have a peek.

When telscha gave me the prompt for Malek, I knew immediately it was going to tie into the Asheron series. Mostly because I'm still working on it (with some, er, distractions, yes, this is true) so it's in my brain, but also because I liked the challenge of trying to make it stand alone (more or less) and also preview the third, without spoiling it. And no, I don't consider Part Five a spoiler. Because you don't know how or why it's going to happen yet.

I also like twisting the imagery. "Sunrise" I think is usually seen as a hopeful metaphor: "Always darkest before the dawn", "things will look better in the morning" etc. But these five get darker, not lighter, as we go forward in time. The Asheron Series is not a fluffy story, and in the end, it's mostly about how running from your demons just means that your demons continue to chase you right back to where you started.

That's sort of what happens within the structure of this one, on a smaller scale. One is reflected in Four: he stands on the eastern balcony at home with a joyful future, and that circles back and reverses in Four, to a western-facing balcony and happiness tainted by the past. Likewise, Two is reflected in Five: an escape mirrored by capture, and freedom becomes imprisonment. And three... is the outlier. It stands alone, the end of a very early mission of Asheron and Malek together. It's a narrow escape from a mission gone wrong. As I'm sure you've guessed, I didn't throw this one in by accident. :) You'll find out more about it, though the mythologically astute reader will be able to guess quite a bit.

It was very fun to layer in the pieces, to try to make the clues subtle so they're not too anvil-licious, but also reward a close reading, once the reader knows the full picture. I've never done anything so deliberate. I felt a bit like I imagine JKR feels writing Harry Potter, actually. :D

That's all I can think of at the moment. If you have any questions about the story, feel free. I love to talk process and analysis anytime. :)

Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Just Another Nutty Fangirlaudreyscastle on October 13th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Tres cool. I'm into "what went on in the writers' mind" myself...loved the fic, BTW (just got a chance to read)!
lizardbeth: Sam and Maleklizardbeth_j on October 13th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
thanks! :)

yeah, I thought this might be a little interesting, if only because I did so much of it on purpose. I usually am a much more intuitive writer. But there is honestly not a phrase in the whole story that I didn't weigh for how it connects to the previous stories, the sequel, and within the story itself. Which is quite a burden to put on a wee story of five ficlets written for a meme that people toss off in a day!

But I never said I wasn't obsessive, and here's the proof. :D