nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (horror is ordinary)
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I am taking a break from a serious apartment-scouring, which is revealing two things to me: one, I have an inane number of weird little things that don't really go anywhere, and two, I cultivate dust bunnies like nobody's business. I have to do this now, not only because the marvelous [personal profile] oliviacirce is coming to visit in a few days, but this is essentially my last chance to do a thorough clean before December, because God knows when I'll make myself do it during NaNo.

I'm really enjoying ramping up into this endeavor: I find I've been doing a lot of notebook scribbling, and while I'm aware that I'm pretty firm on the beginning of the story and most of the end (though not the very end), there's still this big blank spot in the middle labeled "QUEST" in my outline. I like to think that if I world-build well enough, this will work itself out. (Or I can just fill it all in later: after all, I seriously doubt I'll have a satisfactory middle section on the first draft, when I want to write what I know.) Fingers crossed either way. I see this project as much bigger than 50,000 words.

Every so often, I'll be messing around and realize something. The ghosts, for instance, aren't traditional looks like the person in life but translucent. They're masked; they're disguised; they've been made into symbols. I got this because of happening on Betsy Walton's work on Etsy. Her prints look like something from a mindmeld between '50s and '60s surrealist animation (you know, like the hyper-abstract backgrounds from shorts about spacemen or Precambrian science) and William Blake.

Mood:: 'cold' cold
Music:: "Giants Orbiting," Ian Ballamy, Mirrormask soundtrack
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st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
posted by [personal profile] st_aurafina at 05:14am on 26/10/2009
Oh, scary ghosts - I can see how confronting they could be, using symbolism to represent themselves. Ghosts like that won't let you get away with any self-deception.
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (haint groves)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 06:15am on 26/10/2009
It's so true! I keep thinking of this line from this gorgeous Kris Delmhorst song, "Come Home": the only thing you'll have to hold / is the love you've loved and the truth you've told. And the shades from the Odyssey, stuck exactly as they were in the moment of death for all eternity. Ghost stories are just -- so simple and so interesting. I remember a note I took in college, about... memorials, I want to say, or maybe a play -- that part of the draw was related to the terror that nothing ever actually ends.

It's after 1 AM on a work night, so I should be asleep, but -- hey, witching hour, right? ...yeah, I'm done now.
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (ooooh)
posted by [personal profile] skygiants at 01:47pm on 26/10/2009
That is a really cool idea for the ghosts, and makes me think of the way the witches are represented in a lot of productions of Macbeth, which is kind of an extra-awesome textual layer in there, I think.
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (quiet sisters)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 03:53pm on 26/10/2009
Oooh, cool connection! I don't have any good recordings onhand, but I'm really invested in making the witches singers with gorgeous voices and incredible harmonies, like these ladies.

(Oh! Oh oh oh, thank you, MySpace! I think you can listen to them here.)
Edited Date: 2009-10-26 03:56 pm (UTC)
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (Default)
posted by [personal profile] skygiants at 04:01pm on 26/10/2009
Ooooh, awesome! *bookmarks* I will so be checking that out when I get home tonight.
saramily: (Default)
posted by [personal profile] saramily at 06:18pm on 26/10/2009
Oooh, I love that way of thinking about ghosts. Such an interesting and meaningful way to use them in a story!

(Also - nano ramp-up! :D! I need to go create a profile soon.)
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (mason jar lantern)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 07:13pm on 26/10/2009
(You doooo! And when you do, we need to be buddies! This is me.)

Hooray, and grazie! I have not done a smidgen of the research for this that I should, but I want to say that this is how ghosts are portrayed in some non-Western cultures? (Boy, that narrows it down!) Yeah, research would be good -- oh noes! :)
saramily: (tree and castle)
posted by [personal profile] saramily at 09:27pm on 26/10/2009
Ohhh, research. Both the joy and bane of my existence.

(Oh man, so I went and my username was taken, so I was all irritated because it's not that common, but then I thought about it for a moment.

Yeah, my username was taken by me. Back in April. I'm glad my long-term memory is so functional!)
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (1667)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 11:09pm on 26/10/2009
I totally did that with Skype. I got all grouchy that my username was taken and then signed up with a similar one before I realized what had just happened.

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