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grabboid asked: Maro has said that every set contains at least one dragon for marketing reasons. Has creative considered an in-continuity explanation for how/why dragons have spread throughout every plane? Might be a nice thing to have in your back pocket for the eventual dragon-focused set.
There’s a difference between “there are dragons on almost every world we use as a setting for a block” and “there are dragons on every plane in the Multiverse.” The former has been true but the latter is very questionable. We tend to focus on planes that are full of exciting, well-loved elements—such as those big flying scaly guys—but that doesn’t mean there are no planes that don’t possess those elements. It might be possible to travel to a plane that had almost no sources of mana, for example, or a world that had no large green creatures. But there would be a lot of reasons not to do a block set on one of those places.
The Magic worlds that we focus on do have a lot of parallelism—many places have humans and vampires and birds and trees and mountainous areas and swampy areas and gravity and general Earthlike habitability, as well as dragons. But again, we’re intentionally not focusing on planes that don’t have those elements, so it’s no coincidence that they keep cropping up.
Because #quod erat dragons
Ballet class was relatively mild today - I think Alice was a little rattled at the unexpected “new person trying out”, so had to tone down the stuff she originally had in mind.
Strength: 3.5 (legwork!)
1. Pliés & port de bras (incl upper body circular port de bras)
2. Developpes devant & a la seconde
3. Battements tendu & glisse
4. Rond de jambes (technically à terre, ie on the ground)
- en dehors (front to back)
- en dedans (back to front)
- point foot
5. Fondus (“to melt”)
- plié on one foot
- keep other foot pointed & extended
- step forward, straight-legged, from a fondu
- into a demi-pointe, upright; bringing together back foot
I need to work harder in between classes - stretches (BTW, D can almost do a full front split! Awesome work!!), core strengthening, leg strengthening. Need to schedule it in with regularity, somehow. Very important, very useful - especially core strengthening, since that’s consistently problematic for me.
kaokun asked: How do you approach writing a novel? Do you have a plot outline first, or do you just sit down and start writing chapter one? How do you keep track of characters' personalities? What about continuity? Help!
Most of the time I’m a planner. I plot out what the endpoint is and work backward from there, filling in the structure around that climactic moment. Tons and tons and tons of notes, ideas for scenes, ideas for snippets of dialogue, ideas for oddball minor characters, ideas for making the reader sad. *rubs hands together*
Other times I just plunge in, especially when I’m working on a story centered around action. A lot of writers prefer this method (I’ve heard them called “pantsers,” as in, writing by the seat of their pants, contrasted with planners). I find it takes a lot of strong story instincts for outlineless pantsing to work out well, but it can be exciting and fun. Everybody’s got their own style. As long as you are writing, you are doing it correctly.
I keep notes about characters in a separate document, so I can get a sense of their voice and their values. One good start for thinking about your characters is identifying how their inner self and their outer self are different. What does the character reveal to the world? What does she hide? What are the vulnerabilities that she only shows to her closest compatriots? How does her outer demeanor protect the character, and why is she protecting it? What would make the character’s inner self come peeking out? (The answer is usually: conflict. Trauma. Hardship. Moments when their courage is tested.)
Keeping details consistent can be just plain hard. A lot of it goes into the planning of a story, making the plot as coherent and clear as you can make it before you start writing in earnest. This happens, which leads to this, which leads to this, which causes that. But I find that most of the continuity wrangling comes out during the revision stage, where you read the thing over and over again and find the goofs and gaffes along the way. Having an editor or a patient reader-friend helps — they can often see issues that you can’t.
The best thing to do is to write. Anxieties and fears have a way of making your writing worse, not because they affect the words you’re typing, but because they prevent you from getting started. Getting started inevitably leads to encountering problems, which makes us hesitate. But continuing to work gets you through those problems. Every problem is solvable as long as you get your hindquarters in that chair and your fingers on those keys. Good luck!
A handy “get started!” guide.
Killer session! I think Alice is making sure we’re well worn & trained for the upcoming week off (Awal Muharam).
Strength: 4 (relevés devant)
Stamina: 3 (relevés devant, sautés)
- (centre) pliés
- (barre) grand pliés & rises with port de bras
- (barre) relevés in 5th & relevés devant; relevé + retiré together! Plié into demi-pointe on 1 foot with front foot slightly raised & pointed
- (barre) petite retirés; “peel” front foot, point forward / side / back, pull back, then repeat double-time
- (centre) jump sequence; start in 3rd, 2 sautés in 1st, 2 échappé sautés in 2nd, 2 changements in 3rd, 2 soubresauts; repeat other side; repeat whole thing
- (centre) skips; arms horizontal and switching left & right opposite to front leg, hands fisted; skip with front leg lifted with bent knee, feet pointed, point & extend front foot upon landing, then skip with other leg front
Then we went into core & inner thigh exercises.
Everything’s pleasantly killing, and we’ll have to find things to keep ourselves limber and strong for the week off. Can’t wait to foam roller out the aches and pains.
Also, another potential newbie to the class. I think our numbers are holding steady, as a few people haven’t turned up for some time.
On unrelated news - The Edge (Musical) this Sunday!