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Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense, you're just not keeping up
I'm mulling over the submission guidelines of the "Long Hidden" anthology, and wondering if I could talk Muse into trying for it with one of the side-stories she keeps hinting at the possibility of. 1919, you see, would have been the year Trevor came home from being jailed as a conscientious objector to the Great War, and if they didn't even understand how to re-integrate shellshocked soldiers back into society, I can imagine that a fledgling vampire would have been even more of a puzzle to loved ones... Somebody talk me out of this, or into this, or help me to figure out what the damn plot is here?

feeling: thoughtful thoughtful

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ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: April 10th, 2013 11:50 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I never know what the plot is, even with my own stuff, but it looks like an awesome anthology. You've got more of a concept for it than I do, so far. No reason *not* to submit if you can get the thing written.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: April 10th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
The frustrating part is that I've got a setting, and I know that the overall dun-dun-dun-THEME is "so, who 'deserves' compassion -- vampires? the Germans? Welsh-speakers? veterans with less visible damage from the war...?", and I know who the narrative perspective is (the woman Trevor was married to when he became a vampire, who even ticks a bunch of her own boxes for this particular anthology's remit because, um, have I ever mentioned the part where the first time he saw her she was chained to a railing demanding the vote...?), and I even have a general idea of where the story here would start and end, but so far nothing's gelling into the impulse to actually start putting words on paper; I keep getting hung up on "but what is her story in all of this?", which absolutely needs an answer with more personal agency than to just be an observer to the other stories going on around her. I hope I can come up with something in time, because I've had the general idea that there's a story here kicking around for a good long while now and a Real Deadline would be a good excuse to actually, y'know, write it...
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: April 12th, 2013 02:02 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I had no idea that Trevor was married before he was turned... and she sounds like someone with plenty to say! Coming to terms with one's spouse being a vampire sounds really promising as a story-seed.

robling_t From: robling_t Date: April 12th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Ah, yes, Helen, it's a pity I haven't been able to get him to talk about her more in the main narrative, although there is a scene in the planning stages about the time she basically shamed his maker into coming inside for tea-and-awkwardness without even actually knowing what the hell was going on between them...

The trouble with the 1919 idea is going to be threading that needle of not making it All About HIM -- so far every glimmer of a focus to a possible story has been falling down at the first "but why is this her story, then?" checkpoint. (She has much more to say for herself later in the 20's, when he turns up again after the vampire-commune years and is surprised to discover that she never did take the opening to file for abandonment...) I'm even considering whether Trevor's brother might have the more relevant POV here, simply because then it's more of a straight-up "but everyone can see that you've got an arm off" narrative about disability... but is that overdone or veering into an argument about who's "worse off"...? {sigh} This is why I don't usually work short, man, it's so much easier for my particular Muse to just set a bunch of characters loose and let them do a leisurely wrestle towards a semblance of a storyline...
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