coa//012 is ending one minute at a time

10 08 2013

Large sized update this week… because I end on a pretty awful cliffhanger, and next week’s short update will answer a lot of questions about the nature of the City.

Feels good to have two weeks written out ahead of time, compared to my usual “oh god oh god now what I have to have something up this weekend I have nothing aaah” approach!

So, finale for //012 goes up August 17th. I may be taking August 24th off to work on the book and/or plan out the next chapter, bewarned.

Any predictions as to what’s about to happen? Post below. I’d also love your feedback and reactions in general!

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10 08 2013
Jen

I love all your writing, of course — but I just wanted to say I’m ecstatic to learn more about Scarlett! And the city, for that matter! Thanks so much.

No spoilers, but as I hit the end of this section and see what’s been going on, I imagine that the “thickness” in the air is not only realism, but also might initially reflect what’s going on in her waking world.

10 08 2013
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

Interesting! I hadn’t thought of that. –I mean yes, of course, entirely planned.

12 08 2013
Lirazel

Very, very good. And sad. But good!

And I like the rhyme. Where did you find it?

12 08 2013
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

Lazy Writer Research! AKA Google. I typed “1918 influenza children’s rhyme” into Google and that appeared on a couple pages, seemed like it’d work.

12 08 2013
Jen

Ah, the joy of being “Google Smart.” :D

Where’s Masamune Shirow?! I demand to know why he isn’t writing a huge new cyberpunk epic about how the internet is externalizing our memory!

12 08 2013
Lirazel

Well, I don’t know anyone who was alive in 1918, and my grandparents apparently buried the epidemic among other things “best forgotten”, so I have no memory of the Enza-bird. In fact, Stefan’s is one of the few fictions I know in which it plays a role.

13 08 2013
Jen

We had a slew of relatives die in that flu. Our grandfather made it somehow, though. Tiny kid, sharing a bed with his sick family, but he was fine. Helped nurses clean bedpans in the hospital, too. o_o
As for the rhyme, just looked it up. Apparently a really popular jump rope rhyme at the time. Nice.

15 08 2013
Ciara

:/

I kind of suspected what was coming ever since the first couple of scenes (and, okay, the title hints at it), but still, :/ at the confirmation. It’s been good to see a life well and interestingly lived, though.

One question: is Seeker Neville, or another person who was there? It’s kind of ambiguous.

16 08 2013
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

Two different people; Seeker runs the little hippie group, Neville’s just another person in the group. I’ll clarify in edits. Thanks!

16 08 2013
Jen

At least it’s not entirely over! (right?) I’d argue it’s a somewhat happy, though premature, semi-ending. And who knows, she might show up again later in the story. (Judging by her new goal, I’m betting definitely will.)

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