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Plot vs. theme (Cage Match)

September 30, 2012

Before a practice session and scrimmage

So there’s the pic of my boy in his armor, er, lacrosse gear. Found out today there’s no rule against hitting people in the back of the head with the net part, according to his interpretation at least. I may have to go look that up.

Finished with the last of the de-italicizing of the ghost story, courtesy of my wife’s notes on what still confused her. Now pondering the SF/F space colonization epic, and how to reconcile a plot point I really, really want in there with a theme I want to explore. Right now they’re at loggerheads.

Loggerheads. That’s a funny term. Evidently it was either a chunk of wood tied to a horse’s leg to hobble it or a long-handled cup for melting pitch in. At odds? I think that has gambling origins.

Right now they’re not playing nice with each other. The plot point requires a certain situation exist on a planet. The theme…becomes problematic with that situation in place. The characters’ reaction to the plot point doesn’t jibe with how I want them illustrating the theme. Or could it?

Sometimes the only way to determine if something is going to blow up or actually work is to get it onto the page. I can argue either way in the abstract, but if I make the characters argue, it solidifies things.

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