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Top 5 Top 5 Confessions about Auralia’s Colors, Chapter 2 – The Concert of Stitching

5. The first sentence was the first sentence about Auralia I ever wrote. Much of this chapter lasted ten years without much revision. (And Page 12’s description of House Bel Amica and House Cent Regus is like a little preview of where we’ll go in Cyndere’s Midnight and Raven’s Ladder.)

4. I wrote this book in hopes that people would read it aloud, and in Chapter 2 I feel I best achieved the kind of rhythms and style I’d intended for the whole series. Most readers tell me they prefer the faster-paced, plot-driven style of Cyndere’s Midnight, and that’s fine. But “A Concert of Stitching” is thick with the kind of stuff I love to write.

3. Spellcheck hates the Gatherers. Their speech, it’s a rough’n’rugged road, it is, lackin’ much of eloquence.

2. Some readers have complained about Abascar’s naming conventions. It’s simple: “Cal-raven ker Cal-marcus” means “Cal-raven, the son of Cal-marcus”… like “Aragorn son of Arathorn”. But I admit, the convention did become a bit cumbersome the more I wrote. If I had it to do over again, I’d drop the hyphens. (The third volume, Raven’s Ladder, includes some conversations about the character names and where they came from. You’ll learn about the meaning of names like Cal-raven, Ark-robin, and Tabor Jan.)

1. I’d love to see this scene in a movie someday. The faint firelight, the sounds of the stitching circle, the close-ups on Auralia’s face as she learns about the runaway Queen Jaralaine. I don’t know what happens when you read it, but it plays like a movie for my mind’s eye.

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