The Crystal Ball, John William Waterhouse
Moving along with A Lamentation of Swans. Working on a scene between Gaius and Inquisitor Rijjan Mira that I’ve wanted to write for a long time, but had to wait until I’d crossed a particular bridge. Their dialogue has set me to thinking some more.
The mystery of the vas’ru in Raeve. The Raevani have blinded themselves to their presence. What can make a people do that? People blind themselves to paradoxes, to logic conflicts, to the truths of reality all the time. They create their own realities through cultural conditioning, psychology, social structures, and they deny and attempt to rationalize anything that points to the wrongness of it, the lie, the hypocrisy, the illogic, the irrationality of their behavior, or the thought behind it.
I don’t think I can handle the book’s theme(s) in one novel; I think the whole story will take more than one book.