[DWJ] News from the archive - The Spellcoats
estairm at yahoo.com
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Fri May 20 05:01:12 EDT 2011
Cool! Thanks for this extra richness!
From: Hannah Green <hannah.green at sevenstories.org.uk>
To: "dwj at suberic.net" <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Fri, May 20, 2011 3:33:58 AM
Subject: Re: [DWJ] News from the archive - The Spellcoats
Esther, there's nothing in the early draft about the Undying Ones that doesn't
get revealed eventually in the published story, it's just you get more
information early on in the story.
Yesterday afternoon, I discovered another partial early draft, again consisting
of the first few chapters. This one is very different from the published book,
with different characters - it features a family of six siblings, the children
of a lord of Dalemark. It is described as a story 'from the early history of
Dalemark', but the protagonist identifies the land as Dalemark, and his father
as a lord of Dalemark, which suggests the setting is not as far back in the
history of Dalemark as the setting of 'The Spellcoats'.
This draft does feature the father and two brothers going off to war against the
'New Men', people who have come to Dalemark from across the sea. The
protagonist is unable to go, because he has a problem with his back, a birth
defect, and his father does not think he will be able to fight. He is left
behind with his two sisters and younger brother. They carry out the fire
ceremony for the One, which results in him turning gold, but they are
interrupted by a young girl who has fled the New Men, and they are soon after
forced to leave their own home by a band of New Men who attack the village. The
children and surviving villagers flee into the forest, and the story breaks off
shortly after they have an encounter with the Piper, which is similar in many
details to the children's first meeting with Tanamil in 'The Spellcoats'.
If you merge some of the details from this partial draft with details from the
one I mentioned yesterday, you start to see how Diana came up with the story
that was eventually published.
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