So yeah, I really have no idea how to put this.
I’m rewriting Mirrorheart.
And you’re probably sitting there going “I know, I know”. Well, um, let me put it this way: I’m rewriting Mirrorheart, again.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved what I’ve done so far, and I am hoping to save the majority of it – both for MH and MS, but there’s just been something fundamentally wrong with it since I’ve started. At first, I was just sure that it was because it was so different to the existing story that I was having trouble adjusting to it, but the further we got into it, the more I started to realise that it just wasn’t working.
A big part of why I wanted a clean slate with MH is because in MH2.0, the Agency act like a bunch of fucking idiots. Ok, this was early days, and we were still getting stuff established, but it was like we had one of those things that shoots tennis balls and just filled it up with Idiot Balls. Ryan should have gotten caught the minute he tried to move Stef’s body, which is why I went with the new direction.
I also thought it was a very boring book, and that I should do my best to avoid that on the rewrite – it’s somewhat ponderous, and very introspective, and I didn’t want to lose the momentum from Mirrorfall.
Redoing the site gave me visible over the old text (and was somewhat urged by Wraith doing his own archive binge) that Mirrorheart as it stands is kind of this valuable bit of story – it’s necessary breathing room.
Running straight from Mirrorfall into what is, in all germane ways, Mirrorshades means that we miss out on getting to see the Agency without Stef, on the chance to see characters operating in their natural environments and as themselves before having to deal with the drama that is our stinky hacker girl with a hunk of mirror in her chest.
The reason I started to backfill with those couple of Magnolia chapters is that we hadn’t had a chance to see Angelpie operating before they’re getting dragged up to be main characters, and before they’re involved in a major conflict. In MH2.0, we get to see that, and we need that grounding before we start to grok onto the idea that Taylor is a people.
So that leaves the question of…what to do?
I’ve found a good middle ground between Ryan hiding Stef’s corpse in her apartment, and taking her back to the Agency; which also allows for everything to tie more closely together.
Emma (now named Jane) won’t be appearing in the present day, though will be seen in flashbacks – we start out with a young!Ryan flashback and we’ll continue through that, showing his first mirrorfall, and the results of him trying to grow a personality.
I really hope you can forgive me, I know it’s a strange move to make, but I hope it’ll make for better story.