Hello everyone! I’m stepping away from “The Mind of Man” plotting and planning for a second to try to dredge up something about the current project (or to be more accurate, one of them): The Marvelous and Malefic Doomsday Medicine Show. I’m hammering away at the main character, trying to show him as really nothing more than a near-useless lump of flesh. In the end, I am going to give him a shot of redemption. I’m straddling the line between ‘lovable scamp’ and ‘contemptible bastard’, and it’s not really an easy line. Right now, he’s trying to tell the healing spirit that inhabits him named Vimala that while he’s not healing broken bones and things like that, he is healing wounded spirits by showing up with his magic infused alcohol and sideshow to distract the people from their weary lives for just a day or two.
I’m hoping that everyone is going to see through this. We’re not supposed to like Ehren right off the bat, but he does have some redeeming qualities — there is a scene (was in the beginning of the first chapter,but I’m thinking about moving it now and opening up with him rolling into down with a shot up wagon) where he treats a child with bronchitis for no charge, and he does give half his food to a child that’s suffering from malnutrition. He’s not a good man (the bottles he gives only makes people feel good and full of energy, it doesn’t cure them. He’s pretty much this land’s version of a travelling drug dealer), but he does get the chance to redeem himself.
I’m wondering if I’m going to the well too many times for that. Daughter of the Mountain has Anya discovering the old folk tales from Tarjent and going off to make her own legends — you could say that she feels the personal need to redeem herself after leaving the Scholarship. However, Anya doesn’t feel bad about it — she has a great wife in Rhona and it’s not like they’re going to go hungry at any point. She just needed something to pour her energies into. That’s not really redemption. The Mind of Man has a thread of redemption in it, with the main character unleashing AI onto the world. Not a huge threat mind you — it’s more of a cautionary tale for AI (or so I hope). Redemption is the main theme in The Marvelous and Malefic Doomsday Medicine Show. Daughter of the Mountain is about finding faith (with Anya, it’s almost a religious experience) and The Mind of Man is concerning how one’s road to Hell is paved.
I hope you don’t find any of this boring, but I’m the sort of person who likes to chat about the projects I’m working on if only to flesh out ideas. I’d talk to my plants, but they seem to keep dying on me (I mean…didn’t I water you a week ago? I think an intervention for your addiction to water is needed, Mr. Aloe Vera. You’re tearing the family apart!). I think next time, I might discuss one of my hobbies: RPGs and the world I have in mind for that.
Until then, thanks for reading and please check out the books on the right hand side written by me and some friends. I highly recommend them — especially Amy Valenti’s material.