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Meme for the curious

Borrowed from unfolded73. I don't know if anybody actually has anything they want to know, but if they do, I'll give answering it a try.

Ask me a question about one of my stories, or about my writing in general. Ask about my plans for future parts of a current series if you want to, or progress on something in-progress I've mentioned. It can be absolutely anything in any fic, and I will answer you as honestly as I possibly can. Don’t hold back.



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Mar. 28th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
What are your ideas about finishing "Heritage"? What are your favorite writing conditions?
Mar. 28th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
I very much want to finish Heritage, and have a fairly finished draft of chapter 16 (am I on 16, or 17? Not sure) that I've been polishing.

I know where the story goes from here, but I don't know exactly what steps it takes to get there. What I am going to have to do fairly soon is bite the proverbial and write *a* draft that makes it happen. That will be a giant step in the right direction, even if I initially hate every word of it. (I've found sometimes that things I write when I'm uninspired and writing just so I can say I wrote turn out to be the most interesting later on. My muse likes to play the shell game, I think.)

Favorite writing conditions: empty apartment, no particular time pressure, something to look forward to (like someone coming over) later on. It's best if I have at least *an* idea, even if it's just something John said to Penny that I think is funny and need to write down.

Thank you for posting a question! I was a little afraid that nobody would ....
Mar. 29th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
This was my main question: I'll have to think of another. :D I'm so glad you still feel inspired to write more. Poor crying Penny, left unresolved, just breaks me heart.
Apr. 4th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Have you thought of a question? *Is itching to talk about John and Penny!*
Apr. 4th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oh! Thanks for reminding me! My mind is a steel sieve these days.

Hmmm. This might require a re-read. ;)

**runs off to find a question**
Apr. 7th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
Ok - the burning question on my mind (if it's not too spoilery) is what was going through John's mind when Penny refused to let him buy her the dress? He was preoccupied for a good long while.
Apr. 9th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid that may be too spoilery for me to answer. :( But try again, if you'd like! (And I'm sorry it took me so long to answer!)

(Actually, you've made me aware that my work on the latest chapter may have introduced a contradiction. I'll have to review that! But thank you!)
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm actually excited by that response because I'd hoped that would be explored in more detail. :)

(Actually, you've made me aware that my work on the latest chapter may have introduced a contradiction. I'll have to review that! But thank you!)

Glad I could help with that. ;)

Okay - so a non spoilery question: what's the timeline of the story so far? Days are mentioned passing by early on before the night of concert. I found myself wondering how long they were meeting for lunch before they became a couple and then how long they have been together by the end of the current chapter.
Mar. 28th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Tell us more about the faux-violet in Heritage. Where did it come from? What's the story?
Mar. 28th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Is this the plant John is tending in the first chapter, or the plant he gives Penny?

The plant John has in the first chapter is considered to be a type of lily. I'm not sure if the planet it's from is inhabited: possibly not, which would explain why they gave it an Earth botanical name rather than adopting whatever classification system was in use on that planet. It's unusual because it makes a musical note when it blossoms: John was very lucky that he was able to time its blooming so carefully. And of course Penny was enchanted.

The Flelban rambling plant was a gift to John from some of the Flelbans visiting Earth. He thought Penny might like it, and indeed it makes a pleasant hybrid between plant and pet, keeping itself busy but never asking for attention.

There are laws in their time about introducing alien (in the sense of non-native to Europe) plants and animals into Britain. They're violating the spirit if not the letter of the law in having these plants outside of approved locations. (John's office is not an approved location.) But they're both following protocol in dealing with them: properly disposing of fallen leaves and other organic matter, cleaning up soil and water spills in the recommended way, and keeping them away from native Earth plants. (The Flelban plant doesn't release or take in pollen, which is why he thought it was safe for Penny to keep at home. It's also why the Flelbans picked it as a suitable gift -- they're also aware of these issues.)
Mar. 29th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
I was thinking of the first plant. Excellent. :)
Mar. 29th, 2010 09:10 am (UTC)
Awesome! I love that you know the backstory of these plants. :)
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