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Meandering thoughts about my novel

It's wrong. All wrong. I'm bollixed up in a nest of hissing and therefore quite distinctive... err, not quite that... um. Let me back up. I started the whole "Silk Road" novel as an outgrowth of a shared tale on Ghostletters a very long time ago -- in response to and a wish to share in the tale of one Adrian Herrick, opium addict and spritualist, written by someone whose name I believe was sealwyf, a very good writer indeed, who had some very stiff beliefs about what did and did not make for a good story, as I recall. Major Leslie was a good fit for the late-Victorian tale, and even after the abortive matchup bollixed out of control (I think that was about the time I stopped writing due to the Gabriel-Richard III dustup), I still thought the idea of Leslie going to Egypt and finding a mysterious artifact was cool. Eventually, due to wanting to write with yet another person, my friend micklpkl, we came up with a labyrinthine and fascinating plot that would have been totally bizarre but cool, including his errant scion of a Galveston ranching family, my Chinese opera singer (male but presented as female), Leslie, and Kit. For a while, that struggled on. When I decided it needed to be different, I came up with Alex. Then magic. But it's still not what I want. Not exactly.

What did I want -- what attracted me to the whole idea? Adventure. Pulp style adventure in the mysterious Orient. Egypt as a place of mystery and desire, and a trek across an unknown landscape that promises danger and romance and mystery. I'm not sure that I actually NEED it to be in the late 1800s, anymore.

Help!

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pefhlawae
Apr. 25th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Due to your choice of location you do need to set it in the past. Modern day would get too tangled up in politics and ruin the feel you are trying to create. World Wars tend to complicate the landscape as well. How alternate do you want your history to be? Part of the enjoyment of your story comes from your grasp of culture, so the research you've put in to this already really helps it shine. That said, it's your story and if you need to adjust it in its timeline, heck you could have it happen during the Crusades if you so desired...Whatever you need to do to bring in that pulp feeling that you're aiming for. (And so far totally hitting, IMO)
sarrica
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
I agree -- you are totally hitting the pulp feel. I think the timing of the piece if pretty good -- although I wonder if you want to move it a bit later to when air travel is possible to speed some of the transitions up. But then again, travel time is time for reflection and side trips/hijinx.
sarrica
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Less angst, more pages please!
anderyn
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Heh. Not tonight!
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