I now have in my hot little hands (on my hot little hard drive?) the cover illustration for Sarya's Song. I think I said something once about "luciously dark and romantic," and oh my, it is! It's gorgeous! I'll reveal the cover on Saturday; watch for it!
For my Camp NaNo project, Book 4 of Daughter of the Wildings, I'm up to 23,252/30,000 words. Like I've mentioned before, the drafts of these books are fairly short, but I tend to "write short" in my first drafts and then fill in when I revise, so I expect them to end up in about the 50,000 word range by the time I release them.
Silas is always good for a quotable quote, and here's today's:
Now, I really hate it when in books there's some kind of dangerous situation that has to be faced, and the man says, "I am the man and you are just a girl and I must protect you and keep you from going into danger because I am a manly man, and I don't care that having you along might actually be helpful or that you'll feel as bad if I get killed as I'll feel if you get killed." And the woman says, "Silly man, you can't tell me what to do because I Am Woman and no stupid man can tell me what to do even if it means I put myself in danger unnecessarily and make things harder for you because then you have to worry about me in addition to yourself."
I mean, I really hate that.
But I don't think that's what's going on here. Lainie and Silas are both in a pretty precarious situation with the law (as represented by the Mage Council), and a dangerous confrontation with some other mages is coming up. Lainie believes that Silas is in just as much danger as she is, plus she has certain skills that can really help in a situation like this (that is, saved his butt more than once before), and yes, she would feel just as bad if he was captured or killed as he would feel if something happened to her. On the other hand, Silas has reason to believe that Lainie has seriously underestimated the danger to herself, and that any display of these special skills will only make her situation worse. He has no intention of getting himself killed; he just wants to deal with this situation as quickly and efficiently as possible, and then take Lainie and get the hell out of Dodge (if Dodge City existed in their world). She, however, has equally compelling reasons for not wanting to run away.
Anyway, I was trying to come up with a satisfactory way to top off this argument, and that quote from Silas kind of came out of nowhere (as Silas's best quotes usually do), and I like it, along with Lainie's rejoinder at the end - she can give as good as she gets. So I really really hope I'm not doing that thing that I hate.
Author spotlights coming up Thursday and Friday, and then don't forget, the Sarya's Song cover reveal on Saturday!
7/17/2013 02:39:33 pm
I think the thing that you hate has become a meaningless cliche because it's a kind of by-rote bow to the fact that we're writing about a sexist world from a non-sexist point of view. (Or "less sexist" if you prefer.) When Manly Man says "Stand back, foolish Woman!" and Proud Ladygirl says "I'll be as foolish as I want!" they're saying it only because we (modern writer/readers) see that as a rule of the world, and we don't look any deeper because we aren't interested in the sexist parts. We just want to get past them as fast as possible.
7/17/2013 03:27:28 pm
Thanks, Camille. Glad you think I handled it well; that means a lot, coming from you :)
7/18/2013 09:15:33 am
Well, Mick is easy because he just doesn't let his ego get in the way. He's used to playing second banana to someone who is way tougher than her is (he started out as sidekick to a lawman who was one mean so-and-so). He also has a sense of humor and loves to play on other people's expectations.
7/18/2013 12:27:28 pm
lol, that's a great line. whenever you write that, you've already got one copy sold! Mick is great in how he's kind of laid back that way. And it's kind of - cute? that's not really the word, but you probably know what I mean, how he's figured out how to get around the barriers Casey has raised around herself.
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