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16 March 2009 @ 04:56 am
Two nice things make a post at 5am  
1) Nira and I is up at Strange Horizons. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

That is to say, I am rather excited.

It's my first pro publication, though not first pro sale, and I do hope people like it.

2) Goblin Fruit will be reprinting (the slightly edited version of) Apsara!

So this is me today:

Nice things with regard to two pieces that are close to my heart = good day despite fever & insomnia. It's a bit like Neil Gaiman's example-- "House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day." Only without the splodey cats, which is good for both cats and allergies.

Current Mood: excitedexcited
Marissa Lingenmrissa on March 16th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
If you reply to this comment, even just to say "blah blah blah," I will have an e-mail reminder in my inbox to go read your story when I am home and clearer of mind.

I'm Just Sayin'.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 16th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Red blood and risky business
High affairs that never see the sun
Cold steel and loaded pistols
Someone's gotta see the work gets done

Guess what I'm listening to?
asakiyume: bluebirdasakiyume on March 16th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
LOL! So true.

Yay, will go read your story :-)

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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Tangenting off the vague subject of good stories, we now have our shiny copy of "Lifelode".

We also have Robin McKinley's "Chalice" out of the library, and the covers are so similar (in layout, text placement, color palette, figure placement) that I had to check to make sure they were actually not designed by the same people.

Me to elsmi: "Just don't give the library the wrong book! Lifelode ours!"

It's a design type I find quite lovely, so I'm not bothered, just deeply amused.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on March 16th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
*silly grin*
Thank you so much for helping me make it comprehensible as text!
El Coyote Gordo: cheersupergee on March 16th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!

theladywolftheladywolf on March 16th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Wandering over via Strange Horizons to say that was an awesome story. :)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you like it, and thanks for coming over :)

Random babble: I wandered over to your lj and noticed you were talking about having to pick a voice for a story, and I think it's really interesting the ways one can think about that.

Me, I don't have stories unless I have a voice; I agonize over all the other decisions, and totally get what you mean there, but with voice it never really feels to me like a choice. In the case of this story, I talked the plot and characters over with my roommates at Clarion in 2007, but though I knew everything that happened, I couldn't write a word till the voice sounded in my head a year later, in the middle of something else entirely. At which point the story fell into place.

(Does that sound insane?)
(no subject) - theladywolf on March 17th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
It's funny 'cause it's true.
aries_jordan: Despairaries_jordan on March 16th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Nira and I
Oh, that made me cry, honey!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Re: Nira and I
"Yay" sounds rather callous, doesn't it? So does "I'm glad".

Thank you!

Seriously, though, I am glad it resonated. It bothers me deeply that I didn't make up the worst parts, that they are part of our world. My seed was reading about a modern "honor death" and thinking, "how can you live with yourself, with your family, after being part of something like that?" I'd have failed that seed if I wrote something that didn't... have jagged edges, at least.
Re: Nira and I - aries_jordan on March 17th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Nira and I - shweta_narayan on March 18th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
asakiyume: misty treesasakiyume on March 16th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Loved your story. Loved the development over time, the significance of the relative ages, and how love, mist, dancing, and sunlight move through the story.

Mist is powerful, isn't it? I've had it in my head for a story, but never with a good enough plot. This one of yours is fabulous, though.

Do you think you'll do more with this world?
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I am sort of doing more with this world, though it's currently on hiatus. My first take on this story is available here -- but it's clearly not Hemal's story, now. I suppose it gets to have been either someone else or an alternate in the mist.

The world is pretty developed, mostly for a culture set about 800 years later (which will have a YA novel attached once I develop the chops to write it). I know it's about 800 years because that's how much language change I have figured out. Yes, I am a bit of a worldbuilding nerd :)

So the good news is that Nira and Shaya and friends manage to set up a culture that more or less keeps the mist out for 800 years. The bad news is, of course, that it then starts to fail catastrophically, and the adults all Know What To Do and most of them are wrong. The issue I'm running into is that of fantasies that Hearken Back To A Better Age; I really don't want to write one of those. It's a culture where things have gone wrong, yes, but the solution cannot be to take massive steps backwards. So I'll be poking at the edges of this one till I figure it out better.

...I guess the short answer would have been "I hope so"!
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Since you ask... - shweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
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zwol on March 16th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. This story gave me shivers more than once.

This is the world we talked about all the way from Berkeley to San Diego that time, innit? I was wondering if you were still doing stuff with it.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
And wow, how did I miss getting you to read it before? Especially after that conversation from Berkeley to San Diego, which helped pieces fall into place so I could write it (and yes, it's the same world).

As for still doing stuff, see my reply to asakiyume above -- I hope so! :)
Allison Lonsdale: bookishcaprine on March 16th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Thankyou! :)
Erik Amundsen: Prinny Bombcucumberseed on March 19th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
This is a world I am afraid to go visit, but I want to send my most capable characters there, the best ones I can write, and send them cautiously.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 20th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
I think one needs stubbornness, OCD, and a photographic memory to manage in that world. I sort of have the first two, but my memory has gotten so holey that I wouldn't last three days.
Anderyn Gabrielanderyn on March 19th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
That was one kick-ass story -- I really really got into the characters and the world and their hopes and fears and terrors. Thank you for writing it.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 20th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!
It was a pretty immersive story to write, to the point where I looked up from writing at 5am or so one day and saw the trees outside faint through silvery mist -- and freaked out :D
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shweta_narayan: mistshweta_narayan on March 20th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
Thank you!
I feel like I pulled it out of mist -- I wrote it half-asleep, the first drafts were too underspecified to make sense, and most of the edits were to make bits more real.

I guess that's appropriate.
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on March 19th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Well, I didn't have time to read this, but I had to read it.

It made me cry, too. And it's one of the things a short story should be; it has just as much depth and impact as something much longer, but it hits you really hard because everything is concentrated into such a small space -- like a fat cat standing on you with one tiny paw. If you don't mind an allergenic metaphor.

shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 20th, 2009 09:28 am (UTC)
oops, angle brackets don't work...
I'm so glad you read it!
And, um... I'm very glad you like it (but not sure whether to be glad it made you cry, though Dubious Hills made me cry, so... turnabout is fair play?)

...Actually I just realized that there's a thread of Dubious Hills-influence running through this story. The "Nira and I are [age]" repetition is a spinoff from "[person] said." -- it's characters keeping a tight hold on knowledge that threatens to fly out of their grasp.