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Research day

I spent time today reading up on the myths about Osiris and Horus. First of all, those Egyptians were whacky, nearly as loonball as the Babylonians. Second, things get really tangled and weird when you let your myths drift over a few thousand years, and when you try to connect them to your kingdom's politics. I will never think about lettuce the same way again.

But I have been given a rather startling visual image that might make an appearance.

I've also been trying to work out some plans for writing an episodic story that a) don't force me to figure everything out in advance, and b) still give me enough direction and structure to proceed with confidence. It'll take me forever if I try to figure it all out ahead of time, and I'd like to update once a week. I think 7-8K words a week is do-able. (Remind me to do NaNoWriMo this year. Given some kind of plan in advance, I should be able to crush, crumble, and chomp.)

I have been trying not to box myself in too much... though I did sort of blow it a little bit in the very first one with the vision stuff, and with getting them together right away. That pushes me to bring in some other issues: okay, they're together; now make that a problem! Uh, somehow. I need to figure out my interlocking subplot, is what this means. There's a lot of rich material in the first one to work with: souls and guardianship and life v death, the germination of seeds, fire as rebirth, and so on.

I think what I'm going to do is go soak in the bath with some Lush and a paper notebook, and think.
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