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I've been LorFing.

I wish I could say I've been working extensively on a variety of projects, including, for example, a cure for world-hunger, but that would simply be lying. I have in fact been LorFing. And researching my Nationalism Essay, so I'm not THAT bad.

Still, life_or_freedom has well and truly taken over our lives. Of course, I would hate for ya'll to think that it's all we ever do or talk about. That would be a slanderous half-truth, and you wouldn't want that, would you?

But I confess... we do talk about it a lot. Depending on who's doing the talking, we talk about all kinds of LorFish things. Who will be President after the War? Do the Enemy have nuclear aspirations? Who's more insane, Kate or Kathleen? How can the rift between Free Melbourne and the Australian Liberation Army ever be healed? When will the Buff Kiwi Soldiers come and rescue the people of Melbourne? Is Governor Egis actively doing evil, or just ignoring it? What is the symbolic meaning of tomatoes (and does one in the face represent Real Love?) And is Colin Firth a good choice for the role of Mr. Ymene? (According to bathmat absolutely not, no...)

And of course, there's the inevitable prodding for information about each other's stories. flippyfrog has poked me at length in the hope of finding out how Clare's story will end, but my lips are sealed.
And there's the borrowing of characters for cameos in each others' stories. (I really must write "The Secret and Highly Morally Suspect Adventures of Andy MacMillan." It will read like a who's who of LorF. Really must stop lending that man to people. He inevitably behaves appalingly anyway...)

We now have our own wiki, for the storage of information about all things LorF. And there really is a lot to remember in a project like this. We've got timelines, biographies with physical descriptions and background details for characters. We've got info on who runs various rebel groups, and how. Basic information on what a character can expect to find in different Australian cities. It's all very complex.

I've been trying to figure out what I love so much about LorF, and I think it's the way everything fits together, sometimes by design and sometimes by accident.

There's a line I wrote for Kate to say during the peace negotiations: "Cassandra's still here. Do a deal with the people of Melbourne."
By that, Kate was telling the Enemy that she would not make a deal. But then, we added a new element, and decided Kate and Cassandra both mistrust and dislike each other. All of a sudden, that line takes on a bitchy sub-text that wasn't there before. Whereas before Kate was simply saying to the Enemy "I will not do business with you" when we added back-story I didn't have to change a word, to make Kate say "I will not do business with you, and perhaps that selfish sell-out will."
And Cassandra proceeding to follow Kate out of the room after that line gains much more importance. She is no longer telling the Enemy "I won't do business with you, either." Now she is not so much talking to the Enemy as to Kate, and her message becomes "I care about more than Melbourne. I'm on your team."

Or there's the deliberate ones. flippyfrog knowing full well where my part of the story was going wrote a scene where Andy visits Yanna in hospital, apologising for his neglect, on the basis that something is wrong with Kate. But she gives no indication of what is wrong.
Then BOOM, I keep writing my story, and reveal that Kate is going stark-raving bonkers. All of a sudden, it makes sense. But we don't necessarily notice this stuff half the time. That's why there's so much to talk about!

Well... I've probably bored you all silly.
But, this journal is for telling ya'll about what I'm doing. And what's I'm doing is LorFing. That is all.



( 3 comments! — Make Remark! )
Aug. 22nd, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
I really must read some of LorF. Everythign you guys say intrigues me more and more....
Aug. 25th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
DO you realise Kayt that you have written over 70 pages of LorF?
I cut and pasted into word tonight thinking Oh I'll just print them out and re-read them in bed...
70 pages...
It may take me a while to print them off, I don't think I have enough ink!!!
Aug. 26th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Actually, it's 116.
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