This is a short post to thank all of you for helping me complete writing the story I started out back in mid February.
When I started, I had an old story from my great aunt in mind. It was a simple story, half-remembered, with one or two twists. Expanding it has embellished it beyond all recognition, and for that I blame you all.
During the time I was writing, many of you gave direct or indirect support, some posting or reposting material you thought would be useful for me - whether a picture of a stone house at the bottom of a stream (thanks +Nikola Sen), locations or interiors and and items of interest. I appreciate the time some were able to put into in engaging with me. Some had previously talked to me of cats or dragons or science or history. I called on many of these ideas and thank you all for all that help. Some of you have quietly denied any attempt to assist. +Klara Moody took a tour around Australia shortly after I started to write - but the tour and the cyclones that beset it contributed in lots of little ways to the story.
Reading a complex piece of writing is a comparatively lengthy diversion of time - in comparison to appreciating a photograph or other piece of craft, even when engagement is taken into account. I am conscious of how much time those side trips to a web site to read an article or argument can take. I am deeply touched that many of you put aside your time and read one or more of the stories presented here. Your support was gratefully received. I thank you for your vocal support: +Viscount Anthony Fuller +Tam jk +Renee Leach , +Terry Ward +Sian Ridden +Matthew Fowler +Sal E. +Martha Brimhall +Joshua Miller +Firdaus Idros +Kathleen Robinson +Graciela Quiroga , +ging embradura +Belinda Kamel (who started me writing in G+) +Allene Angelica +Virginia Harris +Kitten KaboodleInc +oh!! sweet pea +Marjo Slingerland-Boks +Nina Anthonijsz and +Jenny Gray (who was one of the first people to speak to me on G+). I have not mentioned all of you who have quietly followed the story from start to end - my thanks to you as well. This was not intended to be a children's story. It trips over a couple of difficult issues concerning personal relationship. I appreciate you not attributing the strange ideas coming from some of the characters to me.
+madhura ravishankar lit the fire for the story, and +Ann Pollak mischievously kept it hot. You both helped establish the initial voices, directly contributing text to the initial exchanges, and helped me so much through the process. +Zelda Le Roux made me smile many times, making an early suggestion about Anthem, which I picked up in the story line. +Monique Helfrich quietly followed the story giving support, reminding me of the importance of music. Peer Gynt led to Greensleeves and other important plot changes - I sometimes think in music. She also reminded me that Anne McCaffrey's dragons were genetically created. +Laisa Gran kept a weather eye on progress, quietly reminding me of direction once or twice, and telling me of Himmelen & Havets. I owe special thanks to +Paul Jones who found a powerful first people story and stayed with me while I got it.
+Jennifer Solomonsen challenged me on a number of occasions, forcing me to concentrate on continuity and a rationale for the story. In a couple of deceptively simple comments she changed the flow of the story a couple of times. She suggested looking at parts of the story from a different perspective - which led to a significant change in the way I wrote the 2nd third of the story. One early comment which I have been aching to incorporate is one about spiders being communicators - which reminded me of the spider like creatures in Samuel Delany's world's in "Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand" - a book which through its depiction of work practices, changed the world. In a similar way +Chris Sutton triggered a different line of inquiry when he reminded me about the Ringworld saga. I also appreciated +Keith Jones referring me to the Welsh legions of the dragons - 'The Mabinogion' and the Celtic myths. Single minded concentration on Nordic sagas has left many gaps in my knowledge. From a different perpective, +Lucky Triana publishes a regular stream of contemporary and folk wisdom, which I enjoy reading. She cheerfully punched a couple of holes in the plot, worried about the cats, noted the effect of air resistance on terrestrial acceleration and also reminded me about the importance of perspective.
+Jan Reid - Lennox and +Jai Baidell, both wonderful Australia writers, spent a little time helping me in different ways. It was very useful to look at their style of writing, and their approach to the task of writing.
Finally +Eugeniya Hilzinger and +J Fletch reminded me of the power of releasing old memories through writing. It is a cathartic process, one sometimes I do not properly recognize.