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Bulwark

BulwarkWith her chin resting on her folded arms, Dawn leaned on her windowsill, looking down into the yard.

Spike leaned against the tree in the yard, barely visible through the leaves; Dawn could just make out his shape from the little ambient light. He'd been there for more than an hour and, aside from smoking, hadn't moved.

Dawn yawned against her hand, muffling what little sound she made, but Spike still heard it. He stepped out from under the tree and smiled up at her; a flash of white teeth competing with his hair, her protector in the night.

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open_on_sundaychallenge #113: moving

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redwolf
6th Jul, 2005 04:14 (UTC)
The dissection of literature has always fascinated me. I believe you see what you want to see and that may not have anything to do with the author's intentions. It's not right or wrong, just interesting and I'm always curious to discover what people read into my writing.

I go with the flow of whatever is floating about in my head at the time, constructing complex metaphors is purely accidental. It's just something that sounded right to me at the time.

It does make me want to have serious words with a particular English teacher over the merits of literary discussion.
myfeetshowit
6th Jul, 2005 05:13 (UTC)
I love the dissection as well--too much I think. I hesitate sometimes because some people think someone has to be proven right rather than being interested in an exchange of ideas and theories.

Sometimes, I do change my mind and sometimes I don't but I'm always interested in the way other people see things.

I get anal over symbolism I think. A lot of people use it without realizing it. They can see that an image or scene is powerful but not understand why. I always look for it and have a hard time not using it in my work. Of course, that can lead to stilted writing.

I do think that one of the aspects of art, whether writing or painting or anything else, is that the artist has the control while creating it, but loses it instantly as soon as someone interacts with it. If the art is good, the observer continues to build upon it.