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the fae library

She needs to get to the library. . . .

Fortunately, I had her exploring the place, and it's quite large enough to contain a room chock-full of books. But there's a limit to how much time people will stand around explaining to her, especially when she's not going to be useful. And a much harder limit on how much they can explain to her, not when she needs to be the one to figure it out.  So she's going to have to find it, and then learn how little use it is.

Going to have the usual thing about fictional libraries:  not aimed at pleasure reading.  (I think the only fictional library I would really like would be in Robin McKinley's Beauty, where, for once, how much fun it is to read is plot-relevant.)  And worse, it's not organized.  Still using old-style cataloging, where you give the absolute position of the book, and also a lot of books are not correctly filed, and haven't been catalog recently.

The middle one gets fixed first, using magic, but she's going to learn the charms of the Dewey Decimal System by its absence.

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starshipcat
Apr. 21st, 2017 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, having a scene in a library can be interesting to write, because you want to make sure that it doesn't get bogged down in the minutia of the research process. My story The Sound of One Child Crying has a librarian as protagonist, and there's a scene where she has to do some research on a bit of history key to the story.

The Wolf and the Well-Tempered Clavier also has a research scene, although that's in the cathedral archives rather than a library. However, it has much the same challenge of keeping the research process interesting to read.
marycatelli
Apr. 21st, 2017 11:29 pm (UTC)
What's more, she's going to spend a fair amount of time researching. Most, I hope, can be skipped over for the results.
starshipcat
Apr. 22nd, 2017 06:05 pm (UTC)
True. You can often cover several hours of fruitless research in a sentence or two. I know I mentioned Reza's search through books in the religion section in "The Sound of One Child Crying," and I think I mentioned some dead ends in "The Wolf and the Well-Tempered Clavier."
marycatelli
Apr. 23rd, 2017 01:28 pm (UTC)
It's planting things she doesn't realize will be significant until later that's going to be fun.
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