IN THE MOUNTAINS OF FIRE


By Dolores J. Nurss

Volume 8: THE FINAL CONFLAGRATION

CHAPTER 17
Travels Outside Civilization

DREAM NOTES
 





       I had gotten badly stuck on writing this. I felt held back from calling the chapter finished and moving on. Then I unexpectedly saw, in a video that I thought would involve something else, a film of the rainforest in a seasonal flood, and suddenly it felt right. After all, I'd already written about Mayuraq being by a river. I rewrote accordingly.
       Since I recorded before the dream of Zanne doing laundry on the road, I figured she needed a way to dry the clothing, too. So I came up with something that seemed reasonably workable, though I, too, would have worried greatly about the ropes holding. Oh wait--that should have gone in the dream notes for the last chapter.
       I had dreamed of Fireheart Friendclan, as children, going on a week-long cross-country hike as part of a class, with tests along the way. Merrill did indeed go underground looking for buried treasure despite warnings not to, and he did indeed need rescued. And, as mentioned before, they all enjoyed hiking for fun. Randy and Jake, and some of the others really did run away for a year to the countryside, and Merrill really did prod Don into exploring rooftops with him.

 

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