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Poem: "Bā Guà"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 4th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> The Origami Mage has such interesting adventures, and takes time to contemplate her path. <<

Precisely -- she is a particular flavor of Eastern protagonist, the contemplative hero. She succeeds by being calm and thoughtful and flexible.

>>I wonder if her rival does? I get the sense that he or she does not.<<

Her rival, the Kirigami Mage, is a particular type of Eastern antagonist. She makes life difficult for herself (and others) by being over-emotional and foolish and stuck on attachments. That's why she rarely gets the upper hand, and has to exert a great deal of effort to do so. At some point I may do some poems that focus on her in more depth.

As for the adventures, the series is getting long enough that you can start to see it looping: it has a spiral plot in the Eastern style, rather than a linear plot in the Western style. I hope. If I do it right.
eseme From: eseme Date: November 4th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

I continue to be intrigued by this set of characters. I haven't read a lot of Eastern-inspired literature or poetry, so she is a new flavor of protagonist.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 4th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

I'm glad to be introducing people to new ideas.

I have read some Asian stuff -- mostly poetry, a little bit of literature. I've read a very fine book of Zen fables, some of Basho's haiku, a fair bit of Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan nonfiction about Buddhism and Shinto, various martial arts, and several different magical systems. At some point I'll probably sit down and do a serious research dive to write more poems that will fill in gaps in the storyline.
laffingkat From: laffingkat Date: November 4th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Will these pieces be collected and published someday in a book format? Even if you have to self-publish, I think it would be worthwhile.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 4th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

>>Will these pieces be collected and published someday in a book format?<<

That's the plan, yes.

>> Even if you have to self-publish, I think it would be worthwhile.<<

Actually, angela_n_hunt already asked me if I'd let her do the Origami Mage collection. Hopefully that will come together. I would really like to do this one as a solo chapbook, so that the cover and styling can have an Asian flavor.
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