[DWJ] News from the archive - The Spellcoats
aharlib at earthlink.net
Thu May 19 13:29:33 EDT 2011
aharlib at earthlink.net
What Anna and everybody else has so far said - these tidbits are treasures!
Thanks so much,
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From: A.M. Winslow
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 1:12 PM
To: dwj at suberic.net
Subject: Re: [DWJ] News from the archive - The Spellcoats
Just to reiterate --
Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting these. I want to grab them and
bundle them up and hug them. :) Sadly, they are but electronic words.
But thank you.
The archive contains a complete manuscript draft of The Spellcoats which is
substantially the same as the published book in terms of plot and
characterisation, although there are some differences in the structure and
ordering of some passages, and of course differences in description where
passages have been refined in the rewriting process.
However, alongside this complete manuscript is a fragment of what appears to
be an early attempt at the story. This fragment places the focus on Hern as
the protagonist, rather than Tanaqui - the opening reads "Hern loved the
River. He did not know how much, until it was decreed he should not go near
it." There is no war against the Heathen which takes Closta and Gull away
from home; indeed, Gull does not appear at all - the family consists of
Closta (he starts out as Closti, but mid-way through the fragment becomes
Closta), Robin, Hern, Tanaqui and Duck. Rather, when cows and children begin
dying from the River fever, Closta is blamed and is eventually arrested and
imprisoned in the schoolhouse. The children find themselves besieged by the
villagers in their own house, and the story breaks off, after 3 chapters,
with the children wondering how they are going to rescue their father. The
fragment is only 18 pages long, which suggests Diana
decided fairly quickly that she didn't like the direction the story was
taking and started again. It also contains a few more clues as to the
identity and role of the Undying Ones than is found in the early chapters of
the published book.
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