7 – The Patient One

Ughh. I fought with this for three hours and I still hate it. It’s something frivolous and vaguely folksy about Villi Selannor from Shadowplay – maybe it’s the local drunks’ gossip about her. The first eight lines took ten minutes, the last sestet all the rest of the time. Killed four notebook pages scratching shit …

Shadowplay: Act 1, Scene 7

introducing the ingenue “I see you’ve been working on your illusions.  What do you call this face?” Keshena, interrupted in her assiduous attempt to avoid Villi’s gaze, reminded herself not to scowl.  Miss Kelly did not scowl. She curtsied instead, which brought her briefly to eye level with the imp who sat cross-legged on a …

Shadowplay: Act 1, Scene 5

in which the imp gives up one of her secrets   “What is a thread, Keshena?” Den Roth scowled at the back of the imp’s head.  Her clawed hands spread and flexed in the air at the edge of the balcony.  Below, the bustle of the Basilica was muted, quieter here than the sparking hum …

Shadowplay: Act 1, Scene 3

in which the history of the Kumani is illuminated and illusions are broken Guilded life, at least in Keshena’s experience, was about one part education to nine parts indoctrination.  She had never properly joined a guild before, but had spent a great deal of time on the periphery of several, and decided long ago that …