marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

saying it with flowers

Ah, the flower language.  All the more fun when you are inventing half your own flowers. . . .

The real fun, perhaps, is slithering it into the story.  And when you have these brilliant ideas, like having the queen make the hero and heroine wait in a garden, so that that mistress of medicinal herb lore can talk, to fill the time, about how all the flowers here, too, are useful because they use them to send messages. . . .

Well, it was all very well to have her explain that one unpopular one is to propose actual marriage rather than a courtly affair, and to get him to propose.  (I knew the wedding was coming down the pike, but this is the perfect point for a proposal.)  But given that she explained the trysting usage to her apprentice as well, she's going to have use them sometime.  For a strikingly difference purpose -- though, for once,  the muse had already given me something, and so this is going to hook things together.  (Occasionally muses throw you fish like that, for being a good performing seal.)

Though then the heroine started to comment about two elderly women who would, for very different reasons, disapprove of the proposal flower, and I realized they had to be smuggled in earlier, too.  sigh Especially since throwing them in means I can add some history and background to the story.  Almost always helpful, that.
Tags: dialog, exposition, fictional history, idea embellishment, plotting, world-building: plants

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