I made up Headmaster Weatherbent's
reaction to the missing child, but it would've happened that way.
I cannot remember for sure whether or
not I dreamed of being Kiril, fixing breakfast for the men in the midst of the
battlefield, indifferent to the bodies.
I based General Aliso's actions on the
fact that in my memories of being an Egalitarian, I knew that we feared her
more than any of the male generals. And
then, after writing an early draft of that particular scene, I did dream of it,
and that it happened in Chicamoq.
I knew that Zanne, at this moment,
would have realized that she's not dealing with mere political corruption, but
a gregor-force. Dreams showed me on the
run, as her, from a government gone mad.
I also dreamed that somewhere along the line she picked up injuries,
including a pain in her side for awhile that made her breathe shallowly. As I wrote up this bridge between the
luxurious beginning of her mission and her life in hiding, for some reason I
couldn't escape the image of a toad falling from the President's mouth. And I couldn't seem to put any of it in words
till I showed it from the Changewright's viewpoint. I did dream that somewhere she picked up some
injuries, right around that time.
I did have Deirdre's dream, except in
my version, instead of saying "Remember me", I said, over and over, "I will remember. I
promise. I promise all of you." And, of course, the references to the others
in her frienclan all refer to dreams of the missions that they pursued at the
same time that Deirdre worked in the Charadoc.
But she didn't just pick up on her friendclan, alone, of course.
I wrote this dream of treating Tanjin's
wound, but in response to other dreams that show his injury. I'm sure my unconscious mind drew the image
of his wound from a similar one mentioned in TE Lawrence's Seven Pillars of
Wisdom, and with similar eventual results.