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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask the characters

The Peeta story (for the TNP appendix) isn't really working for me. I mean, there's a ton there, but it's just stuff, and the "story," such as it is, is just coming out as, "Here's some stuff."

Must re-think.

Meanwhile, characters will entertain questions, if you've got them.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2016 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
To any of the victors from Two who care to answer, who besides victors from your district were you most impressed by in their Games?

Also, Lacklen Abernathy, what was/were the best moment(s) of watching your brother's Games?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 23rd, 2016 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
[Brutus]Most of the victors didn't know their asses from holes in the ground. You know that, right? They lucked into it because better tributes made mistakes. That said, I watched a lot of the Games. I have respect for Beetee Latier. It surprises people, but it's true. I can respect a person who figures out how to beat the field with what he's got. He didn't shy away from it either, or go on bellyaching about what the Games made him do. He should have mentored the way he played. I also had to hand it to little Jo Mason. Once she stopped crying, she stopped for good. I wouldn't have crossed her. And, much as it kills me to say it, the Everdeen girl deserved her win. The boy was useless, but she got it clean.

[Lacklen]I liked when he and Maysilee were telling each other stories. He used to do that with me, so once they were together, I'd just sit up every night and pretend he was home, telling me some dumb thing to get me to shut up and go to sleep. I was afraid I'd never get another chance to hear one, so I listened to them all. Also, it was fun to get glasses from Caesar. Look at that... a world!
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2016 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah Brutus, always the charmer.

I hope you get your writing vibe back soon. Maybe completely changing up genres might help. For example, a story I'd been stalled on for over 6 months started practically writing itself the moment I sat down to write my PhD thesis :p

sonetka From: sonetka Date: February 23rd, 2016 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Peeta, have your thoughts on your mother changed at all since you found out more about her history?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 23rd, 2016 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know that I had thoughts, exactly. I'm maybe a little less confused. I wish I'd talked to Aunt Rooba more. She might have been able to tell me something. Then again, we talked enough that she could have told me, if she was inclined to.

Some of it makes more sense, knowing what her mother was like. She probably thought some of it was usual. Normal. But I still don't know why she was angriest with me. Because Mrs. Everdeen had to help with the birth? Because she wanted a girl and didn't get one? Because she decided before I was a year old that I was just like Dad? I don't know. I want to say, if it was a logical reason, she'd hate Jona most, since he was the one who made her give up her scholarship. But she and Jona mostly got along alright.

I don't know. Sometimes, I just want to have her back so she can say, "It wasn't you. It was me."
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2016 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bonnie or Twill

Tell me about waking up in long term care after Coin's downfall. Did you end up back in 8? How are you doing these days?

Sara Libby
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 24th, 2016 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bonnie or Twill

[Bonnie]We weren't completely unaware in Long Term -- it was a drugged haze, but it wasn't a coma -- so it wasn't a complete surprise. The decent doctors brought us up slowly, and they treated us for the damage done by the earlier treatment. We weren't the only ones. Twill stayed on to help with the healing project. I went back to Eight to see if anyone I loved was still alive. No one was, but I stayed when I got there. There was a lot going on. We were building our first out-in-the-open synagogue, and the factories needed rebuilding, and... well, it sounds petty, but I was hoping to meet a boy my own age from my own district, who'd know all of the same songs I did.

I met a few, but the war took a bigger toll on boys, like it always does. Women fought. Everyone fought. But boys still tend to throw themselves in front of the enemy fire, and we lost a lot more of them.
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: February 23rd, 2016 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry I haven't read your THG fanfic yet. (I may try the Peeta story!) I don't know why, but I have a harder time getting into fanfic these days.

I know that has nothing to do with anything you just said, I've just felt bad that I haven't really read your HG stuff.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2016 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Geoffrey Phillips: What are your views on the Mockingjay Rebellion and its outcome? Any ideas to consider for your own revolution, or is it just something to dismiss as trite popular culture?

-- FFR
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 24th, 2016 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, please. Am I meant to have some observation about a series written for children on only a slightly higher level of accuracy than would be found in that nonsense it ripped off about vampires?

Very well, from what I've heard -- not that I've paid particularly close attention, but there were certain people who insisted on talking about it -- it sounds like it was written by a reactionary who was trying to frighten the sheep about what would happen if BIG BAD REFORMERS got their way. They always come out, don't they? Probably written by someone in the employ of one establishment or another -- or, worse yet, duped by them into sanguinity -- to try and discredit revolution and support the status quo, no matter how bad it is. I mean, think about it: They go to the trouble of establishing the worst status quo possible and then say, "But look what would happen if we challenged it!"


Edited at 2016-02-24 08:11 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2016 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
... Pleasant.

Well, I bid you good day, Mr. Phillips, though I can't say that I wish your form of revolution well. If it somehow gets off the ground, you better hope that it doesn't get out of control. After all, Marat, Danton, and Robespierre didn't lose their heads at the hands of monarchists and nobles.

Donzo, color me impressed that Ravenclaw Tower wasn't destroyed in conflict between you and your roommate.
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