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Sequel to Cauldron of Ghosts - sort of spoilers, maybe

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Re: Sequel to Cauldron of Ghosts - sort of spoilers, maybe
Post by ldwechsler   » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:36 pm

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stewart wrote:
dvdscar wrote:From Eric Flint's Facebook page today:

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I have now started working on the next Honorverse novel I'm co-authoring with David Weber. We are at the initial stage we always go through when we start a novel -- of which we have now written five together, two in my 1632 universe and three in David's Honorverse.

I think of this stage as the Nursery. This has two connotations. One is benign: this is the stage at which the story idea comes into existence. The other is, ah, grouchier. This is the stage at which the clear-headed and forthright partner in the collaboration -- that's me -- has to wrangle with the obsessive-compulsive anal-retentive fussbudget who is driven by an ultimately futile quest for background perfection to insist that every miserable goddam little plot twist has to be reconcilable in every respect with the ontological essence of the insanely complex nail-down-every-minutia setting he dreamed up over a period of way, way too many years when he could have been doing something practical and useful like washing dishes.

(Clears the throat.) In fairness, I suspect David has harbored similar thoughts when he's worked with me in the 1632 universe.

So. Back to the Nursery, where I currently have to contend with the stubborn one who is insisting that we have to develop a story line wherein two of Our Heroes -- actually, one hero; one heroine -- plot to overthrow the Wicked Establishment even though the evil ones have made sure that all their subjects are implanted with nanotech that causes them to commit suicide whenever they fall afoul of said evil ones or just find themselves in a bad spot where their continued existence might discomfit the evil ones.

Yes, we'll figure it out. Medieval theologians would be aghast at our tortured logic and dumbfounded by our devotion to the oxymoron called "true fiction."


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Actually we "could" have multiple pairs of Heroes & Heroines --

Zach & Gail on Darius
Victor & Thandi on Mesa
Faith & James and Raul & Katherine growing up
Helen & Paulo

with plot segments jumping every other chapter -- imagine the fun of keeping the plot threads straight !!!

-- Stewart



In a sense all of those serving could be said to be heroes or heroines. That leaves out the kids and probably Zach and Gail.

But Zach and Gail are on Darius. That's useful. But Anton and Victor are a pair as well...and work well together. Of course, they don't romance together.

Let's leave off the shipping for a while.
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Re: Sequel to Cauldron of Ghosts - sort of spoilers, maybe
Post by dvdscar   » Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:07 pm

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dvdscar wrote:From Eric Flint's Facebook page today:

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If anyone wonders what I've been doing lately, I've been plotting. No. no, not plotting to overthrow the government. I admit the thought has occurred to me. The problem is that I can't find the government.

No, I've been plotting in the scribbler's sense of the term. It's a fancy way of saying I've been spinning a lot of lies in my head ("Once upon a time" -- no, it never happened -- "and they lived happily ever after" -- what a laugh) that will soon be put on paper and eventually sold to the gullible public.

A LOT of plots. The big and nasty one is plotting with David Weber on how to advance -- using the term oh so very loosely -- the happenings in the Honorverse. We've finally got it to the point where I can do a rough draft of a complete plot outline. Mirabile dictu!

(skip extraneous material)

And... that's it for the moment. As soon as I finish the (hopefully) final draft of the plot outline for the Honorverse novel and David approves of it, I will start scribbling again. But probably not until I get back from the Superstars Writers Seminar which I teach every February in Colorado Springs.

(Yes, we decided it was a good idea to hold a four-day seminar in Colorado Springs early in February. Don't ask.)

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Re: Sequel to Cauldron of Ghosts - sort of spoilers, maybe
Post by stewart   » Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:55 pm

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dvdscar wrote:
dvdscar wrote:From Eric Flint's Facebook page today:

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(Yes, we decided it was a good idea to hold a four-day seminar in Colorado Springs early in February. Don't ask.)



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Been in Denver (actually Aurora/Lowrey AFB) in Jan/Feb; Unless you are inside all the time, or are engaged in skiing, it is a bit chilly.
Similar to Idaho Falls or Bremerton in winter....

-- Stewart
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