Post by Austin J. Blair on Oct 17, 2017 13:45:53 GMT -5
Have read all of the SS stories, and I appreciate what Ryan brought to the table, some of your best writing has come after that. I want to encourage your efforts, and to that end, I would like your consideration of a plot line.
As a well past teen reader, I find that I am more than curious about Sasha & Bobbie's fathers. I am aware of your time-line structure, and would suggest that you can keep your structure if you told their story as a flash-back within the framework of a story set in the current Sanitaria Spring universe.
I think this would appeal to a lot of us 'old fart' readers
AJ, Thanks for the suggestion. I took a night to sleep on it. A lot of my contributions are about how people deal with situations, make decisions and the conversations that get them there. I think going backward would be a little problematic, frankly, because I'd forget things. There have been a few times, in fact, readers have caught a mistake that I made because there is so much backstory out there, now.
Were I to do the story you suggest it might be to bring us to where they are now with respect to Nikolai, perhaps differences between the children they raised and an older child who has a language barrier of a sorts and, likely, has some abandonment issues among other things - like being old enough to place more value on friends and their thoughts and interactions with them than on caregivers.
The tough part for me, I think, would be how much of my current life that would have me rely on. All three of my boys have issues, with the exception of language (and even then, English from an uneducated area to our home and school district can be a large gulf) and some of them would be the same thing they'd have to deal with. I'm not sure how much Nik would tell his fathers, how much he trusts or invests himself in them.
People might be inclined to think, from movies or TV perhaps, that older kids who are adopted react in a logical fashion: Oh, thank goodness. Now I have a family and I can be normal.' There may be some of that but I can say my experience has been different. Things like that take time to grow into, things like that haven't actually happened to us in so many words. Our oldest, who is doing very well compared to his previous issues, is still presenting with standard teenage bullshit which include not doing homework or not turning it in which amounts to the same thing, talking back to teachers, attempting to blow a snot on someone's notebook - hey, this is an age group that thinks passing gas is the height of comic genius. I think, for the most part, my characters are a little too mature for their age. They have a level of thought process and communication that their age group might have less of in general. Nik definitely wouldn't be there yet.
So, I'll think on it some more and if I can see something I can use or feel I can make a story length piece from, then I'll give it a go.
Post by Austin J. Blair on Oct 18, 2017 13:07:24 GMT -5
Consideration is all that I asked for.
I was thinking of a 'now and then' comparison scenario for Sasha and Alex, or Chase & Leafy. Just to hang a little flesh on the bones we have already been introduced to, without needing to add any new characters to a fairly deep cast.