Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Hidden Moon

Remember how I reported, just a couple of nights ago, that my Word document for Chapter Five of Heirs of Mâvarin had a song called My Princess in it, which I didn't remember writing? It replaced Sleepy Moon, which Fabi sings a couple of times in Mages of Mâvarin. It's a plot point: the fact that he's singing it in Chapter 17 of Mages is a clue about what's happening to the amnesiac character.

Because of Sleepy Moon's importance in the second book, I thought it best to remove it from the first book. This is apparently why I wrote My Princess, even though I don't remember doing that!

As of the other night, the Word document for Heirs Chapter Five had both songs in it for Fayubi to sing, along with a note to myself to take out Sleepy Moon, and to write another verse of My Princess. I usually trust what Past Karen tells me, so I deleted Sleepy Moon from Chapter Five, and wrote the verse for My Princess.

What Past Karen failed to mention is that the lyrics to Sleepy Moon do not appear in Mages of Mâvarin. I seem to have deleted my only electronic copy of the song! Well, I may have a backup, but it's still an inconvenience. Now I have to either track down a backup file or retype the song from my printout. And I need to actually put it in Mages Chapter 17, instead of just referring to it.

Darn you, Past Karen! You should have left me clearer notes!

Present Karen

Update: I found it, in my "printout" files from last year. It's now safely saved in Fabi's scene with Tomshi. But I'm going to post it here, too.

Old Mori Moon Head
Rose late from his sea bed,
Just missing the Sun’s fiery beaming.
He sang of his love
As the stars danced above,
And set mortal souls to dreaming.

Sleepy moon, rise up for me.
Light my way so I can see
The dark road from this mortal plane
To where I’ll find my love again.

As Mori Moon Head
Sank down toward his Earth bed,
The Sun’s watery dawn eyes were peeking.
The River sang low
Of the Moon’s need to go,
And the dreamers awoke from their sleeping.

Sleepy moon, rise up for me.
Light my way until I see
The land beyond this mortal plane
Where I’ll be with my love again.

This is one of only two songs from the books for which I have a melody. It's not a good melody, but since nobody but me has to hear it, I guess it'll do!

Good night!

Photos by KFB, 12/13/05


Globetrotter said...

Loved the sleepy moon song. But then again I am fascinated with anything related to the moon.

Which reminds me that I need to get back to work on my fantasy Dark Side of the Moon , which is posted in a private journal on my professional screen name.

V said...

Karen, it`s beautiful!
I`m glad you were able to find the whole lyric!

Becky said...

Thank goodness for hard copy! LOL

TJ said...

Found your side's down here.
I enjoyed your journal very much and your sence of humorous /wit.