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J. Bralick (jleighbralick) | 38 comments Mod
This is a place where you can ask me questions about Down a Lost Road. If it has anything to do with this book, ask away!

Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) (vampsita) | 6 comments This is a totally evil question...

If there is one thing you would do all over again while writing "Down a Lost Road", what would it be? Would you change a scene, add/delete a character, etc.?

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J. Bralick (jleighbralick) | 38 comments Mod
Okay, this is a great question!

Well, I think there aren't many scenes or characters I would choose to delete. I like each of the characters for different reasons, and many of them who didn't end up having very prominent roles in DaLR will actually return in Subverter.

However, I think my greatest challenge with this novel was simply that I took so long writing it. I mean, let's be honest. I got the story idea when I was twelve. Now, there's nothing remaining of that earliest draft anymore, but any time you have a story where the bulk of it was written when the writer was a teenager, you're going to have problems. I edited the heck out of that story. Wrote and rewrote. But I always felt like it might have been such a better story if I'd started it from whole cloth as someone who was a little more mature. The story is quite simple, in its broadest strokes. Not a lot of intricacies, revelations, reversals, subplots, or anything like that.

So yeah, I guess if I could do anything different, I would.......go back in time and not get the idea until I was at least 24? ;-) Nah. I probably would try to find some way to develop the plot in a bit more intricate manner. But I really just needed to come to some closure with the novel, so eventually I just threw in the towel and said, "it is what it is."

I'm excited, though, because Subverter is from whole cloth. It's brand new. And I think it's going to be a whole lot better. :-)

Carolyn (bookspirit99) | 18 comments That be good! I'm really looking forward to it because Down a Lost Road was really good!

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J. Bralick (jleighbralick) | 38 comments Mod
Thanks Keri! :-)

I'm really nervous...I just sent off a copy of DaLR to someone I really respect. And he might just give me a cover quote...... Yikes! That would be so awesome...but I'm terrified he won't like the novel. :-/

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J. Bralick (jleighbralick) | 38 comments Mod
So let me be evil myself and turn Jen's question around on you guys!

What would you have told me to do differently, if you could have?

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Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) (vampsita) | 6 comments Did I totally spell that wrong? I bet I did...

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J. Bralick (jleighbralick) | 38 comments Mod
LOL! Nah, you got it right...

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Don Morris | 23 comments Nothing really. It might be my mind's eye, but I always feel that Kurt Hurtsinger is portrayed as younger in some way than he would be in real life. That's about it. I'll let you know after I finish the 2nd read if anything else comes to mind.

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J. Bralick (jleighbralick) | 38 comments Mod
Really? That's interesting... He's no older than 25 or 26, so he's still pretty young (*mutter*)...but maybe I did go overboard in trying to capture his youthful personality... O.o Haha...yeah...

Carolyn (bookspirit99) | 18 comments ...yeah...(view spoiler)

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Don Morris | 23 comments Well, he could be so brilliant that he could be a professor at such a young age, but I'm also feeling that maybe the real Dr. Curtsinger would have not been so terribly different, back in his day.

Carolyn (bookspirit99) | 18 comments yeah

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J. Bralick (jleighbralick) | 38 comments Mod
It wouldn't be unheard of! After all, Kurtis just an adjunct with a Master's at that point. :-) And he's a pretty smart dude.

Carolyn (bookspirit99) | 18 comments yeah...he's kind of a professor, so he has to be even a little smart!

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J. Bralick (jleighbralick) | 38 comments Mod

Hey, I just posted this to my blog, I but I thought I would post it here, too, for your viewing pleasure. Behold, my Down a Lost Road soundtrack!!! I thought it would be fun to compile a list of songs I think go with different parts of the book, so...

What would you pick for these different scenes?

Trailer: Summoning of the Muse — Dead Can Dance

Opening Credits: Í Gaer — Sigur Rós
Pyelthan/Memories: In the Shadow of Life — Niyaz
Arrival: Panoramic — Atticus Ross (Book of Eli)
Yatol/Through the Desert: Egil Saga — Faun
Camp: Ember Deid II — SuidAkra / Kadet Siipina — Korpiklaani
All Forgotten: The Scientist — Coldplay
Watched: Summer Overture — Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream)
Return/Ungulion: Sirius b — Therion
The Gorhiem Bolstoed: In Search of Lost Innocence — Lisa Gerrard
Safe: Yasmin the Light — Explosions in the Sky
Akhmar: The Northern Lights — Lisa Gerrard (A Thousand Roads)
The Branhau: Aldebaran — Enya
Meeting the Lord Master: Coming to Barrow — Lisa Gerrard and Jeff Rona (A Thousand Roads)
Consolation: Red Horizon — Lisa Gerrard
The Library: Black — The Birthday Massacre
Yatol Remembers: Adagio for Tron — Daft Punk (Tron: Legacy)
Khymranna/Escape: Elk Hunt — Trevor Jones (Last of the Mohicans)
Azik: Sigur Rós — Sigur Rós
Departure/Elekeo: Fejd — Eld / Twilight and Shadow — Howard Shore (Return of the King)
The Blade of Heaven: Last Agni Kai — The Track Team (Avatar: The Last Airbender -- cartoon, not movie)
The Gift of Fire: N’Eus Forzh — Denez Prigent
Lathelin: E-Bow — Sigus Rós
Into the Void/Alone: Sanvean — Lisa Gerrard
Dreams/Entry: Indigo — Epica
The Judgment/Rescue: The Host of Seraphim — Dead Can Dance
Farewell: An Hini a Garan — Denez Prigent
Home: Wherever You Will Go — The Calling
End Credits: Hawk vs. Crow — The Union Trade

Carolyn (bookspirit99) | 18 comments cool!

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Don Morris | 23 comments Adagio for Tron? I like that!
Oh, Elk Hunt, Yes!
You know, you've got great taste in music.
A few of these I'll have to look up. I've got a CD of Medieval songs in different period languages, one in Latin, that you'd probably like.

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