Unpacking Passing Customs

We’re about to step out into the wider Realm and see what’s going on beyond the shelter of the Fifty Peaks Mountains. First, however, Will had to get out of the Gnomes’ territory. Let’s unpack. The Train Ride Will’s vantage point of the train ride describes most of territory claimed by the Penny Gnomes. They…

Unpacking Inner Landings

This section took me by surprise. The doors opened on the elevator and suddenly there was an incredibly boring office taking up the better part of the level. I guess sometimes even wonders can be boring. Let’s unpack. Sheilak’s Departure I’ve haven’t used Sheilak much as of late – the group’s arrival in The Ravine…

Unpacking Old Wounds

This was a fascinating piece to write. Up until this point Walter has been surrounded by people who show him deference, friendship, and respect. Tollen is the first person who shows him hostility. Let’s unpack. Tollen’s attitude I mentioned last week that Tollen does respect Walter for who he was, even as he’s seriously peeved…

Unpacking Cafeteria Crossing

I have to say, this segment of Welcome to the Valleys was quite unexpected. When I sat down to write I hadn’t intended for the Shadow to play such a prominent role in the conversation. Instead, Walter was supposed to speak with Ama about how she was interpreting the anger in the cafeteria 1. The…

Unpacking Deep Revelation

This first encounter with the shadows is very intense. So much so that I didn’t realize how short it was until after I’d looked at the word count. Writing it was an extremely visceral experience, as the encounter combined several things I’m rather frightened of. I hate the dark, my imagination is so vivid that…