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And I posted a thing

Inspired by my trip to Nova Scotia, I posted the first chapter of a three part story, The Star Husband.  It's on AO3 and FF.net.  The first chapter is Polly and Richard, and elaborates further on some short things I posted here several years ago. 

I need to work on the NFE now then I'll finish it up.  I have a lot of thoughts about it, particularly this characterization of Richard in the prime of his physical and intellectual life, 20 years before the start of TSG.  Some reviewers have pointed out some great things and questions, which I will answer once I'm not traveling.  Great stuff, some of which I intended and some of which I didn't.  I've always been kinda on the fence about Richard and I know some of that ambivalence comes out.  He's so enthusiastic and pedal to the metal, so focused, and so appreciative of things, it's a joy, but he IS manipulative. 

The story that Rita tells of the Star Husband is one that I saw in the Halifax Museum of Natural History.  I've had real problems finding it elsewhere and I'm a little worried that it's not a geunine Mi'kmaq story.  I did eventually find it, in the exact same format as it appeared in the museum.  So, I dunno.  When I read it, I immediately thought of Narnian stories and the importance of stars and so wanted to highlight a little bit of this First Nations culture. 

If you are interested, I hope you enjoy it.

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Aug. 15th, 2015 03:23 am (UTC)
I find it worthwhile reading your fiction whether or not I have a prior interest in the topic. I anticipate that you'll show me things that are interesting, or make them interesting to me; this story was not a disappointment. And your characters feel alive and quirky.
Aug. 18th, 2015 11:20 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts. I can often find inspiration in the places I visit and Joggins was no exception. It fit in wonderfully with my pre-existing TSG paleontology. thank you for reading.
Aug. 15th, 2015 07:01 am (UTC)
Hello! It is good to hear from you again.

Will read the fic soon.
Aug. 18th, 2015 11:21 am (UTC)
We're traveling again and eh I've been in the slough of despondency, so, not great. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Aug. 18th, 2015 11:22 am (UTC)
Oh, I am sorry to hear that. *hugs* and *tea*
Aug. 16th, 2015 07:14 am (UTC)
"If you are interested, I hope you enjoy it."

I have and I will! :) and good that it's on ffnet, because I feel less of a wordy dill there fore leaving rambling responses. :)
Aug. 18th, 2015 11:21 am (UTC)
You are wonderful as always.
Aug. 16th, 2015 09:45 am (UTC)
Great story
It's wonderful! A fantastic read.
Aug. 18th, 2015 11:21 am (UTC)
Re: Great story
Thank you! more to come after the NFE!
Aug. 16th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
Loved it! More detailed review to follow :)
Aug. 18th, 2015 11:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope all is well!
Aug. 17th, 2015 12:42 pm (UTC)
Just curious: what do you picture Polly, Richard, and Rita to look like?
Aug. 18th, 2015 12:13 pm (UTC)
Re: appearances?
Oh gosh. You know? I don't fancast. And my physical descriptions tend to be VERY sparse until I actually need them. I think, in the past, I've assumed that Richard has red hair, actually, and middle height. Digory identifies him as thin in a picture when he's in China. He's very vigorous, active, and energetic, and I think people assume he is taller than he actually is. He turns alternately yellow and florid when he gets sick and probably starts carrying weight in placed he didn't used to. Maybe like a young Spencer Tracy?

I don't think MN gives us any physical description of Polly. From TSG, I've written her as very vigorous and able to part seas with an umbrella and carpet bag. I was thinking blonde but I have no basis for that, really, and given that Mary and Lucy are blonde, I'd probably settle on brown hair just because. I bet she tans. She's probably taller than Richard.

As for Rita, she's Mi'kmaq with French Acadian and Nova Scotian in her background. She certainly has traditional Mi'kmaq features -- dark hair and eyes, darker skin, and if you google Mi'kmaq images you'll find some of teen girls and young women in both traditional and modern clothing.

What do you think? Do you have any people in mind? Thank you for reading!
Aug. 18th, 2015 12:40 pm (UTC)
Re: appearances?
Forgive me for saying this, but I originally pictured Richard as David Livingstone: Pervy version. LOL
Aug. 18th, 2015 01:35 pm (UTC)
Re: appearances?
That completely works! I think that's very much like what I'd thought in conceiving the character -- very much the gentleman scholar and explorer.

Aug. 18th, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC)
this was so lovely.
beautiful writing. I so love all the characters introduced in your Narnia series. I'd love to know more about how the original crew all met - Richard, Mary, Polly, Digory, Asim, Kwong, Patel, etc. and how they came to live in Mary's mansion together.
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