Tuesday, April 07, 2009

More writerly madness

Today I was wandering around the garden with a piece of glass from a photo frame trying to catch sunlight and redirect it. Trouble is, in the tropics, the darn sun disappears behind clouds for days at a time. Sheesh. Still, it was possible.

In the meantime, my reputation as the crazy lady on the block is spreading...

On the comments of the last post Shaanti posted this:

Trudi Canavan and Richard Morgan discussed the need to obey the laws of physics on Radio National recently. Trudi also made a reference to Glenda in that show. The link is here.

Thanks Shaanti. Trudi and Richard are guests at Swancon next weekend. Wish I was there!

In the meantime I am still trying to meet the extended deadline for Book 2 (Stormlord Rising), which is the end of this month, and I have just received the proofs of Book 1 (The Last Stormlord) to look at as well.


Jo said...

Surely the whole point of magic is that you can do more or less anything with it if you want. Like those stories that include "gates" so the protagonists who live in a society without modern transport, can trot around their worlds without the months or even years of delay which would normally occur when walking or riding horses.

Now if you are writing sci fi, then your physics must be more believable. There are physicists out there who would read and pooh pooh inaccurate science, they also write books, witness Catherine Asaro and, once upon a time, Isaac Asimov. Peter Hamilton's books are full of science, I am not clever enough to know if its good or bad science, but I am sure there are readers who would know. But if its magic, the science doesn't matter IMHOP

glenda larke said...

Actually the problem is more that my water magic, as used in the book, cannot do the impossible a rule I imposed on it. So, a character can't bring a dehydrated body back to life by pumping it full of water, for example. But he could make a cloud up in the sky because clouds can exist.

And the problem I was trying to check out is whether an intended manipulation of water would break laws of physics, and therefore break the rules that I myself set for my character's magic!

However, I think I can still do what I want as long as I am careful about angles...

Jo said...

Ah well, its your fault for limiting yourself I guess. I have never really understood why authors set out rules of magic - there must be a reason because you all do it. Not all the rules are the same although some are very similar.

Glenda Larke said...

Why do we have rules? If you have a world with some people in it, mages perhaps, who can do magic, and you make them able to do just about anything - then where's the story?

Any problems come along, they just zap them - end of problem, end of story.

Limiting magic makes for a more interesting story.

Jo said...

OK, yes I can see that. Never thought about it from that point of view. That's why I am not a writer LOL