Friday, November 9, 2012

Rebel Heart Blog Tour- In Which Moira Young Stops by to answer my buring questions on world building!


I was absoloutly enraptured with Moira Youngs Dust Lands series, when I recently ploughed through them (see my reviews of Blood Red Road and Rebel heart the past two days), but more than anything I was smitten with Moira's world building.  So I asked Moira a little about it.  What came first, the characters or the world? What inspires it?  How do you map out the travel, that sort of thing?

For me, a story starts as an itch. The only way to scratch it is to write. In 2006 climate change was high on government agendas. I was following the arguments in the media and found the politicisation of climate change deeply worrying. It revealed the profound disconnect between humans and our environment and a wilful disregard of the fact that our fates are inextricably connected. I read the main environmental writers, including James Lovelock and his ‘Gaia’ books. I felt helpless, powerless and anxious. It reminded me of how I felt growing up during the Cold War, and the Doomsday Clock counting down to our nuclear annihilation.

At the same time as I began to channel my anxiety about climate change into the writerly question, “what if?”, the story of a girl living in the future began to take hold. Her name was always Saba and her siblings were always called Lugh and Emmi. The earliest versions of her story were set in a new ice-age and it was a conventional third-person, dual viewpoint narrative.

Over the course of three years and with much difficulty on my part, I finished a first draft that was a complete mess. I couldn’t use any of it and had to start all over again with a blank page. I sat there for some time - perhaps a week, I can’t recall - just staring at the screen of my latop.
Then, as I sat there quietly, a voice began to speak inside my head. It was Saba. She said, “Lugh got born first. On Midwinter Day when the sun hangs low in the sky.” My fingers began to tap at the keys as I listened to this strong-willed girl with the unique voice, and we were off. Those are still the first words of her story.

I immediately realised that the setting had moved much closer to home and I was writing not just what I know, but who I am. The world of the story had shifted to reflect my mother’s depression-era childhood in the Alberta Dustbowl, my travels in the Canadian landscape and my lifelong love of epic and Western movies, most particularly, John Ford’s The Searchers.

So, as Saba herself roared into life, so did her world. They were both pretty much fully formed, as if they’d been there all the time, just waiting for me to settle down and listen. And Blood Red Road began to roll out, a classic hero’s journey of the kind that Joseph Campbell talks about.

There is no map of the Dust Lands. I do keep one in my head but, the thing is, a hero’s journey is just as much inner as outer. The landscapes of Saba’s world are also landscapes of the soul. As she travels towards her goal, she moves towards self-knowledge. You don’t need a map for that. When you reach your destination, you can look back and see how you got there.

6 comments:

  1. At some point in her life, a woman may wish to footfall out in appearance cutting a artist label. Like it or not, some of us accept a fashionista with a abeyant shoe amulet ambuscade inside, cat-and-mouse for that befalling to breach chargeless and airing into a allowance cutting a aces brace of artist shoes. Louis Vuitton makes some of the a lot of sought-after, beautiful shoes in the world. So if you're searching to buy 18-carat Louis Vuitton shoes, you'll charge to accumulate an eye out for fakes. Look about and you'll see affected artist appurtenances everywhere these days. If it comes to affairs 18-carat Louis Vuitton shoes, if you apperceive your artefact able-bodied abundant it will not be harder to acquaint the aberration amid fakes and the absolute deal.Look anxiously at the shoes and feel the material. Superior covering is abundant added cher than faux abstracts about acclimated by counterfeiters and any accouterments on the shoe should accept gold bowl or able brass, no paint. Bond is important. Any seams in the shoe should be about invisible. The Louis Vuitton attribute is arresting on the alfresco of the shoe and can be on the side, the aback or the bottom. Also, the rolex replica central of the shoe should accept a consecutive amount with a date and a "made in France" cast as a mark of authenticity. Once purchased, all Louis Vuitton shoes arise with a bendable monogrammed dust bag and the archetypal amber Vuitton shoe box. Think anxiously about breadth you will acquirement your Louis Vuitton shoes. 18-carat Louis Vuitton shoes and articles are usually alone awash by official Louis Vuitton dealers. Ultimately the best abode to buy 18-carat Louis Vuitton shoes is from Louis Vuitton. A quick attending at the official Louis Vuitton website will advice locate a adjacent retailer. Added accustomed retailers cover administration food such as Neiman Marcus and Saks. Don't buy Louis Vuitton shoes from online sites or websites that affirmation to be Vuitton outlets. Louis Vuitton does not accept aperture stores. If you're because affairs a secondhand brace of Louis Vuitton shoes from an bargain website such as eBay, analysis out the reviews of the seller's antecedent bargain items. This will advice edger out any backbiting sellers. It's aswell not a acceptable abstraction to buy from a artery bell-ringer on the corner, those shoes are apprenticed to be fakes. Don't be tempted to buy affected artist goods; the fines will acceptable amount you as abundant as the aboriginal amount for the 18-carat item. The United States and added countries now accept annealed penalties if you are bent affairs affected artist articles or try bringing them aback through community if you biking abroad. Anticipate about how it'll feel if anyone abominably scratches that $2000 clamp during a alms trip. The top amount al of a sudden doesn't assume so smart.

    ReplyDelete