Saturday, November 24, 2007

Starcaster Snippet

I decided to yank the opening scene in Starcaster, the one that was giving me such trouble. It is the same scene that I posted at Absolute Write a few weeks ago. I now start the novel with the next scene, which is just before all the action starts anyway. I summed up scene number 1 in two paragraphs that hopefully does not read like an infodump.

I think my new opening paragraphs does a much better job establishing the mood and the time frame. This is important because my novel does not take place in a typical time period for fantasy.

As I dressed for the evening, I reflected that there is simply no good way to hide a gun in an evening gown.

In my mother's day, yes. Back then, waistlines were at the waist, and skirts were full. Nowadays, with a high-waisted sheer skirt, any bulge looked suspicious. Oh, I had a skirt holster, and I used it quite a bit, but one needed plenty of pleats to be able to use a skirt holster. An apron helped as well. No one ever suspected a woman hustling around in a bulky apron of carrying anything other than household items such as pot-holders and pincushions.

What do you think?

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  1. Hi Tia,
    How do you keep track of all your blogs!
    I like the opening lines but I'm not sure what is meant by the 'time period' is important for fantasy. Can't one write a fantasy in any time period. We can make it up.

    In any case, I get the impression that the time period is rather modern times. It sounds like the character's mother maybe lived in the 50's or so. The reference to a woman having a pot holder makes me think of when woman didn't work outside of the home.
    What time period do you intend?

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  2. Thanks, Lisa! Most of my blogging is rather sporadic, except for Fantasy Debut, which I usually post to every day.

    The time frame is equivalent to the early 1800s.


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