So, tonight’s workout was lots and lots of snatches, plus a bunch of wall-balls. I’m still working with low weights, but it was still a good workout, and both our coach and his shadow said my form looked good, so that’s a happy.
Writing is going well – I feel like the last week or two of material are all on-track except for yesterday’s, which I mulched at lunch and re-started. It’s an interesting process – trying to feel my way through a story where I’m not sure what’s going to happen. Usually, I start throwing random stuff in hoping it’ll all make sense in the end, which seems to work for some writers. This time, though, I’m trying to stay very aware of the different motivations in play, and build realistically from those. There’s some good potential for conflict, if I can just resist the twin urges to defuse it or gloss over it!
Not much else going on right now, though I am looking forward to going to the Southington Apple Harvest Festival soon. mmm, apple fritters.
Not sure how my subconscious would feel about posting the active story, so here’s a bit from the mulch pile.
Going through a portal still took his breath away, every time. One minute, he was in the Hub, facing a ceramcrete arch that existed for human peace of mind rather than out of necessity. He could see the wall on the other side, right up until the last inch of the hover cleared the portal’s transit horizon. In that instant, with no sensation of movement except that of the hover, he was in another world.
The light was what hit him first, bright enough to make him squint, and hot on his skin in a way that sunlight tamed by fiberoptic skylights never could be. Then the air. It wasn’t just the smell, so different from the constantly conditioned and recirculated air of home, but also the taste and temperature and texture. He swallowed hard, and took a deep, conscious breath. Humidity, plants attracting pollinators, soil bacteria decomposing dead matter, resin from the evergreens. He exhaled and inhaled again, mentally noting each observation. Nothing hazardous, nothing unexpected. The familiar routine calmed his nerves and staved off the panic he had struggled with in his first few transits.
“Come on, newbie. Time to set up, before the sun sets.”
New book, new comic, whee!
Robin McKinley’s new book Shadows is out!
I read it over the weekend and enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s reminiscent of both Sunshine and Dragonhaven in some ways. All three happen in worlds very similar to ours, but with some fundamental differences that – and this is the reason I wouldn’t lump them in with the urban fantasy genre – everyone who lives in those worlds is aware of.
In Sunshine, everyone knows about magic and demons and vampires, but for the most part they just get on with their lives. In Dragonhaven, it’s the existence of dragons, which are an endangered species that still exist only in a few nature reserves.
In Shadows… well, it’s hard to explain. There’s magic, but the government has tried to wipe it out, by cutting out the genes that allow magic-users to do their thing. But magic is a part of the world, not just the people, and there are these things called “cobeys,” or coherence breaks, which are sort of like a natural disaster of the magical kind. And poor Mags is just trying to cope with a new step-father and her senior year of high school.
Anyway, I liked it.
Last night, I discovered that Aaron Williams, author of Nodwick, PS238, and Full Frontal Nerdity, has a new comic available online!
Use Sword on Monster looks thoroughly amusing, though I haven’t had a chance to read much of it yet. If you like humorous fantasy, check it out!