NaNoWriMo: Stubborn Plotbunnies

iFlop. Or maybe iThud. Yes, yes, I made wordcount (41.8 K as of last night), but the bunnies are being very stubborn about sorting out what comes in the story between Halloween and November 5th (when things get much, much worse).

Point A (much advanced, I’ve at least got several main characters in contact with each other now). Point B. Whhhhyyyy must they be so hard to connect?

…Of course part of the problem is the plotbunnies going whee shiny world-showing-off! ‘Cause I finally got one of the main characters into a different setting. So… maybe if I get another setting switch so the focus can be more on “how are we stopping the bad guys”….

That and more working-backwards is in order. Plot notes count for wordcount too!

And hopefully tomorrow the bunnies will be over their giggles at managing to work in some wild archaeological theories about Gobekli Tepe into the game backstory as “alternate history”, and more inclined to plot.


8 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Stubborn Plotbunnies

  1. I’d forgotten I had a fifth location that may be of importance beyond England, Romania, Georgia, and Japan. It has been a while since I’ve thought about my assumption of pre rainforest civilizations in what is now the Amazon. Well, strictly speaking, I also recall an event or two in unnamed mainland Asian countries. Unnamed not because of PC stuff, but because the source material didn’t supply specifics I am aware of, and I don’t really feel like inventing or finding plausible specifics.

    RL life is a bit of a mess now, made some progress on non-fiction projects, but definitely in territory without a schedule, outline, or clear plan to accomplish everything needed.


  2. Despite it being called the end of the Bronze Age, we’ve found steel artifacts dating back at least to 1100 B.C. (Same kind of steelworking that the Japanese pushed to the absolute limits to make katanas with around 1100 A.D., IIRC.) Given physics, iron and steel don’t last too well in most earthlike conditions, so it’s not impossible that there have been ironworking civilizations in the distant past that got lost in the sands of time.

    Rome’s works endured to the degree that they did because of massive public works, which required mass labor that might not have been available to more freedom-loving precursor tribes. You want works to survive thousands of years, you have to build in over-engineered stone.

    Heck, the whole story of how the Near East Bronze Age collapsed, with tin acting as a single failure point, kinda feels like an ancient and decaying group of civilizations that finally ran out of the critical resource they needed for their tech. It’s only supposed to have been ~2k years in the area, but why not have iron/steel as the ‘magical’ secret tech and bronze as the more accessible tech?, competing since Göbekli Tepe times or even earlier, until bronze ran out and things collapsed, and finally iron-working had no competition.

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      1. This is one of the few times I’ve wished I was much better read on advanced composite materials.

        There’s a good chance that someone has come up with something that if I knew about I could construct a tedious pedantic argument around.

        Night all.


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