05 April 2003

Update. I'm on chapter 19 of HOI rewrite. I"ve made almost two thousand so far; I'm almost caught up on what I've missed writing on it the past couple days.

I honestly didn't know what I was going to do when I restarted. Keiki's told Hiyo, enlisted her help in finding the mage. He's also learned that Barukei's confusing I-don't-want-you-around-but-you-MUST-be-within-my-sight reaction to Keiki's confession boded ill. To prevent it from growing into an unacceptable situation, Keiki's now sending Courting gifts to Barukei--under his own name. It's a confusing situation, but it's keeping Barukei from making a difficult (for Keiki) situation worse by openly Courting someone who it's widely rumored to be the Heir to the throne. Keiki can't accept Barukei's Courtship, and he knows he'd be tempted to. As long as Keiki's Zhiraikaovei, DLachomaogu, doesn't pay attention when Keiki acts as his alter ego (the DL'Zhipei, Rikiyu), Keiki's safe on the side of legality; DLachomaogu refuses to denounce Keiki, but he can't ignore it if Keiki actively, seriously Courts a non-Sabi'Oji. It's not done. Not officially, that is. DLachomaogu is willing to do what's necessary for the betterment of Imotina and it's people. If that means aiding his Sabi'Oji in the farcical Courtship of his Sabi'Oji's former lover, then DLachomaogu's more than willing to do so.

In addition to such prosaic little societal details, there's the fact that the Imotinai do have electricity. They just don't have electric lights. Not yet. This gave me more insight on the reason why inventors and such aren't usually Sabi'Oji as well; apparently one's closeness to a Zhiraikaovei tends to hinder one's creativity. It's not as strong as the influence of the Gods, but it's there. It's also much easier for the Imotinan society as a whole to divide itself without the presence of the Gods. Gods=stagnation. The Gods knew the people would need some technological advancement to meet the future, so they willingly retreated. As a result, the people became rather . . . insane. As a happy (the Gods hoped it would be happy, anyway) medium, the Gods allowed the creation of the Zhiraikaovei. The Zhiraikaovei'ubu cannot Themselves perform miracles, but they are diverse enough and undemanding, so the people were able to turn to them for guidance without the danger of complete reliance upon the Zhiraikaovei'ubu. Most mages are Oshiri ("priests" of the Zhiraikaove'ubu) and Priests of the Gods, or in some way affiliated with Law and Lawkeeping or Healing. Most inventors are all but atheist, disinterested in the Gods, and happy to accept the representation of their patron-Zhiraikaovei, which is, in essence, nothing more than a personification of what they are and/or do.

Gods give miracles.
Zhiraikaovei give guidance.

Imotinans, as a whole, crave guidance. They're all well aware of what had been happening to them under the Gods, and are religious only in that they make annual sacrifices/tributes to the Gods in gratitude for receding from the direct influence of the people and for the births of the Zhiraikaovei'ubu.

Ugh. I'm going to have to do a workup on Imotinan Theology now. Wonderful

03 April 2003

I skipped writing altogether yesterday. In the interim, I had an epihpany (sp?). Hiyo will instigate the investigation. Keiki's going to go bonkers when he gets the impulse to share the duty assigned by his cousin with the girl. heh heh.

Aside from that, no major developments on the writing front. Wheee.

01 April 2003

I got 2024 words done tonight. That's just over twice my goal for HoI. Whee. The chapter just took off from me. Keiki threatened to quit (his duties as Sabi'Oji). I ended up sending Barukei in and Keiki had a nice little "you hurt me" moment with him. I think this has effectively hit the ball back into Barukei's side of the court, so to speak. He's not happy. Keiki had to break several taboos so he could come to peace with his past with Barukei, and this has upset Barukei. Now, however, Keiki's able to focus on his other duties--I hope. I'll find out when I get back on HoI. I need to work on DS tomorrow. Whee.

Having cleansed his soul, I do believe Keiki's going to get a bit braver. He's been afraid to move on, I think, and I'm ready to shove him off into the dangers he needs to face; he had to tell Barukei how he felt first, I think. Now he's done that, I think he's ready to go off into the other important stuff. Like finding that illegal mage. And being dutifully horrified by Akiro's Tendering of Courtship.

As for Barukei, I believe he's going to be thinking very hard about what he's done to Keiki and Keiki's response. After all, Keiki, though he ran away from the situation when Barukei broke off their young relationship, did go to inei to become a Sabi'Oji. Barukei, I think is realizing that he's been moping about things too much. Not only that, his Sabi'Oji is serving him despite very mixed feelings. Things are not resolved on Barukei's side. In fact, now he knows it's Keiki under that gairi, I think he's going to either be more upset, or more thoughtful. Probably both. A little hopeful, even. Maybe. I hope Keiki's confession has awoken Barukei to some of Keiki's strengths, at least some of the truth of the breakup, and to some of Barukei's own weaknesses. Maybe now Barukei will take some risks. Whether or not he actually accepts Keiki's Certificate of Oji . . . that doesn't have to happen; it's not that important. What is: that they both do what they need to.

I think they're ready to.

31 March 2003

Damn. I accidentally signed out. They need to move the bloody sign out button over.

Anyway, I've been working on the reverse outline for HoI in preparation for the Dare on HL. My goal is for 1,000 words a day. Whee.

I already have an idea of what I want to do with things. In essence, I'll be pissing Barukei off. I may have his mother send a whole line of suiters to Barukei--why do things by halves? And Keiki will be right there to argue in favor of accepting Courtship--making sure he weighs his advice towards the only thing Barukei really considers: how things will help his Family. He's really going to push DLufeiyao, though, because 1)he IS Lord Zaothetezhi and 2) House Zaothetezhi is the Mercenary House. Need an army? Hire from House Zaothetezhi. Need a bodyguard? Hire from House Zaothetezhi. Their alliance will be very important in the future--if I ever get the second book done.

I may even throw Akiro into the mix. I wonder how long it'll take Keiki to choke out Akiro's virtues for House Faochimaotao? Keiki, of course, doesn't know what I know about Akiro . . . and it would provide an excellent excuse for his already unstable twin to go a bit more bonkers.

In the meantime, Keiki's going to be working on finding that illegal mage for his Cousin, the TLozhipei. Things are going to get dangerous, I think. Between Keiki's investigations and Akiro's apparent defection, Akotai's going to be getting very . . . messy.

Whee. I know what I'm doing. Well, with this one, anyway.

:)

30 March 2003

I know what I need to do with HoI today. I need to go through and update the reverse outlines. Whee. It's a hassle because I accidentally minimize something completly. This means I have to move the file I have open over, then back when I have the other one restored. Ugh. I can't wait until Mike's able to get down here so I can get that annoying program I hate on Ye Olde Borrower. At least then I'll be able to open up the same program several times so when I minimize something, it won't disappear.

I altered my wordcount pages; I intend to enter next month's Dare on HL. IIRC, I've decided to do Master-level on both projects. I'm not sure, though. Whee.

Once I get done with this reverse outline, I may have a better idea what to do. I hope so. I changed the last scene I wrote so instead of caving in, Barukei leaves. I don't know how Keiki's going to work around this. Maybe Hiyo will help? I don't know. I have to see what's going on. I think its about time TLowai and the other three showed up as Tendering of Courtship from DLufeiyao anyway. Hmmm. I get the feeling TLowai's going to like Keiki; I know she respects his devotion to duty.

I also need to work more on the background notes. I need to punch holes into the ones I've already got printed out. They're starting to look messy, curling up at the corners. I've also got to go through and redo the "cast list" and sort out the twins. I think Keiki's going to have more direct contact with Akiro, but he's going to be fighting Akotai magically. I'm begining to wonder if Akiro really isn't the mageborn one. He just had more . . . aptitude, so his minimal magic was trained, but his brother, who had no interest or aptitude, wasn't because he didn't show signs of having magic. It would explain why Akiro is the leader of their conspiration and the director of the magic and why Akotai is angry; he's learned he has greater magic than his twin and wants the greater portion of control. Which would also explain why he commandeers that Source; he thinks a private power source, which he has not been given (because he wasn't schooled), will give him the power to overwhelm his brother.

This is a new dimension here.