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March 17, 2008

lsgl - stopping at 171 pages

by sven at 1:30 pm

"The Confusion of Tongues" by Gustave Dore (1865)

I've finally found a way to tell Act II of Let Sleeping Gods Lie that I think I can live with. Basically, I want to make a visual reference to the Tower of Babel and then do two tableaus: "before" and "after." ...But with pterodactyls.

This approach won't require too much time spent fabricating new elements... It's a good, terse bridge between acts I and III... It's visually distinct... I think there's a lot going for this solution.

And boy am I ready to quit doing story development through writing for awhile! So far in 2008, I've written 171.5 pages of brainstorming -- 91,884 words. For comparison: Lovecraft's original novella, At The Mountains Of Madness, is only 41,284 words long. So in trying to adapt his story, I've gone and written a body of text 2.23 times as long as the original. Madness indeed!

Here are my most recent 53.5 pages of exploration:

When I get back from my brother's wedding, then I'm on to fabrication!

"The Tower of Babel" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1563)

posted by sven | March 17, 2008 1:30 PM | categories: let sleeping gods lie