All of Chapter 3, “The Clips Episode” is now up on Archive of Our Own.
…Well, what else should I have called it? 😉
In other news, now that RL has died down from “frantic rushing about” to more “Oh, this is gonna suck…” for a while, I’m doing the first round of edits on Seeds of Blood.
At least the advantage of the franticness lately meant I did put the manuscript aside for a whole month – which is one of the things advised in “No Plot, No Problem” for what to do once you’ve got your NaNo rough stacked up by the comp and have keeled over in decaffeinated exhaustion. I have to say I find this excellent advice. It lets you come back to the draft with as few preconceptions as possible and actually read the words on the page, instead of the ones still stuck in your head that may or may not have been typed up.
Based on past experience I need at least 4 to 6 full rounds of edits on the whole draft to get everything in order and shake loose all the typo daemons. The first round of edits you get the big things: obvious redundant words, phrasing, “ack, I need to write this character more sane”, and “ack, here’s an Event that needs foreshadowing/better tying into the rest of the plot”.
Once you get those, then more subtle things pop out. They were already there, of course, you just couldn’t see them ’cause the bigger things were the glaring neon of “ack, how could I write this….”
Hence why several rounds are needed. *Wry G*
I’m very, very lucky to have a few email-pals willing to look stuff over and do a Gibbs dope-slap on “Do you know how this character’s coming across? Look, you need to tone X down, make Y more clear….”
One of the fun things about this setting is, while I’ve had to invent how magic officially works in the universe of A Net of Dawn and Bones, I’ve grounded it all as much as I can in myth and folklore so that I can strike a balance between “supernatural creatures are powerful and terrifying” and “a properly prepared human being can still stomp their butts.”
Note, properly prepared. The human advantage comes down to cooperation, virtues, and technology. And yes, faith and magic are technologies.
To quote Wikipedia, “‘science of craft’, from Greek τέχνη, techne, ‘art, skill, cunning of hand’; and -λογία, -logia”; “the collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives”.
Of course, faith is far more than just techniques. But there is indeed a technology of faith; from meditation to prayer to blessed items and more. And Hunters use all of the above.
I’m hoping it will be cool. *G*