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03 June 2009 @ 08:27 pm

, in comments wrt to Eddings’ death, said, And I can never forget Jim’s speech about the origins of the Codex Alera books: “Because all epic fantasy begins with an orphan on a farm.” Eddings is who I always associated with that.

Which is true, and which makes me feel rather sentimental, and also makes me want to write an orphan-on-the-farm epic fantasy. Except I haven’t got as inherently cool a premise as Jim had for the Codex Alera books. Or, you know. Time.

I seem to have walked almost six miles today. That’s probably enough that I don’t have to go for another walk tonight.

Worked on TRUTHSEEKER revisions this afternoon, and to my astonishment got about 1800 words done even though I really felt like I was just poking along. Word wars continue to be FTW.

I think I will shower to get all this sunblock off me, and then go watch Penelope, which Ted got me for my birthday. :)

ytd wordcount: 177,000
miles to Minas Tirith: 323.6

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Current Mood: goodgood
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on June 3rd, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
oooo. I have a norphan onna farm! (I do. wow. y'know, I never thought of it that way, but he is! except not a norphan. but it is a farm!)

[too much cafFiend? never no such thing, I say!]
kitmizkit on June 3rd, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
He is for all intents and purposes a norphan! You must be writing Epic Fantasy!

(Well, duh.)
Alix (Tersa): Writing (tersa)tersa on June 3rd, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs cheerfully*
You don't have time now, but you might have time later. *shifty-eyes* <.<

kitmizkit on June 3rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: *hugs cheerfully*
And perhaps later I will also have an idea! :)
Alix (Tersa): Writing (tersa)tersa on June 3rd, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: *hugs cheerfully*
Ideas are awesome! \o/ I bet you will have several!
ruford42 on June 3rd, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'm only halfway through TPC, and I'm still hoping to see more than one volume from this series. *starts up Epic-Hopeful-Look 3.145!*

Even though the prologue did throw me for a loop, crossed my fingers and started on the mantra "She wouldn't toss chloridians or Highlander 2 at us...I just know she wouldn't!"

Belinda reminds me somewhat of Alisha from the Phoenix Law, but either way -- we could definitely stand to see some more epic intrigue on the fantasy shelves!
Lady Doomlithera on June 3rd, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
I always want to switch things up with that orphan on a farm thing. I mean, Garion and Rand are cool and all but I would have liked it they were, perhaps, a little less whiny. It would be nice to take all of those fantasy tropes and mix them up some.
jeniferjjeniferj on June 3rd, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Hmm...interesting. I alway thought Butcher's "orphan on a farm" comment was in reference to Star Wars...
Cyrano: My Little Friendcyranocyrano on June 3rd, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
I recognize that it's a long cherished trope, but Luke was the first orphan on a farm I thought of when I read that.
...And then, Taran of Caer Dalben.
jeniferjjeniferj on June 4th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
I guess that's why the comment is so apropo -- there are a LOT of orphans on farms whose lives turn into an epic story. ;)
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on June 3rd, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
You know, in some sense, Jo is an orphan on a farm! Except the farm is a police department. :) It's exactly the same! But, you know, different.

Edited at 2009-06-03 11:31 pm (UTC)
kit: walkerpapers_jomizkit on June 4th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
Exactly the same! Only she's not an orphan. Or on a farm. :)
Harold Zablehzatz on June 3rd, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm... You know, depending on how you cut the story, Superman starts out as an orphan on a farm, too.
kitmizkit on June 4th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
Ooh, I like that!