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Poem: "wings of paper, wings of lace"
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marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: March 2nd, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful! I love the change that is brought into their relationship with this poem, how perfectly in character for the Origami Mage:) and I also love how the kirigami mage is growing and changing as well.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>> I love the change that is brought into their relationship with this poem, how perfectly in character for the Origami Mage:) and I also love how the kirigami mage is growing and changing as well.<<

Their relationship is much of the charm in this series, along with the tour of Asian cultural motifs. I like watching characters grow and change. *ponder* Which, now that I think of it, is a mainstay of some Eastern literature focusing on inner growth. So the plot arc is really about how they grow into and out of being rivals. The adventures along the way are just ... lessons on the road to enlightenment.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

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>>So the plot arc is really about how they grow into and out of being rivals. The adventures along the way are just ... lessons on the road to enlightenment.<<

Exactly, and I think that's also why so many people like this series. How can I put it...it has a strong ethos and a message but it isn't preachy or 'in your face'
eseme From: eseme Date: March 3rd, 2011 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)

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Yes! That.

I have been trying to say that before, and you worded it much better. Thank you!
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: March 3rd, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

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My pleasure :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)

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>> Exactly, and I think that's also why so many people like this series. How can I put it...it has a strong ethos and a message but it isn't preachy or 'in your face' <<

I often write that way, although it is stronger in this series because it is part of the underlying theme. I don't like preachy fiction. I do, however, love fiction that tackles controversial issues or profound concepts. I believe in learning by doing and teaching by showing. In this case, the result is kind of ... ethics in Aikido, enlightenment in origami, incisive points in kirigami. Something delicate and beautiful, yet still potent.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: March 4th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

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You do it well. Even when I can notice that you are writing a point I don't agree with, I never feel preached at, and I can enjoy the piece without getting caught up in, or made uncomfortable by, the message.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)

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>>You do it well. Even when I can notice that you are writing a point I don't agree with, I never feel preached at, and I can enjoy the piece without getting caught up in, or made uncomfortable by, the message.<<

Oh, that is good to hear! It's one of the things I can't really tell for myself.

Sometimes I like to stretch by writing perspectives I don't necessarily share. "Peaches from the Tree of Heaven" is basically a pro-life story. The Origami Mage series features a protagonist who prevails by being humble and nonaggressive, qualities that I can admire but ... well, she does things very differently than I do.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: March 4th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)

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*nodS*

That's something I'm still working on, myself. Sometimes I'm surprised to hear how or where my politics leak in a story.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

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Even I don't always spot everything, though I try. Sometimes I am surprised by what people can read between the lines. I once had someone figure out Persian as one of the influences behind something I'd written -- and it was from Penumbra, which means the description was nearly nil.

It helps to read and explore widely. The more different worldviews you've seen, the easier it becomes to step outside your own so that you can see the shape of it more clearly. Then you know where its shadow falls while you are writing.
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