WRITING: ICoS spin-off: Tayla/Liani excerpt

At tumblr, I received an anonymous ask about Tayla and Liani. I ended up including an excerpt of a draft of one version of how Tayla and Liani might have met. Because of that, I thought I’d put it over here too. As I say below, all of this might change! See the tumblr post below.


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Hi! 😀 For some reason it always makes me happy when anyone asks about Tayla or Liani. I guess because I like them even though they aren’t in the series very much. So, thank you! ❤

I’m actually planning to write a book or series of oneshots or something that spans important parts of their lives together.

I wrote one version of the first time they met for a short story I was going to submit for an anthology, but I ended up not sharing it because I have to do a lot more research to make sure I don’t have anything out of place for either of them. At first I was just going to summarize for you what that was about but then I decided, what the hell! May as well show you the very beginning of it.

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WIP Files: 1/13/14, RESEARCH: Laskar Pelangi, film, Tayla/Liani

I watched Laskar Pelangi, Rainbow Troops, which is based on a book by the same name written by Andrea Hirata. It’s about a group of poor school kids and their devoted teachers in Gantung, Belitung Island, Indonesia, in the 1970’s. More information on the book/film can be found at wikipedia.

This is the location where it’s set:



And here is where you can watch the movie with English subtitles (hit the little cc button if you don’t see them appear right away).

The movie made me laugh and cry. I thought it was really good. I liked two of the kids in particular; Lintang and Mahar. Mahar is really funny about midway through the movie, and he cracks me up how he keeps calling the other kids, “Boy.” He has a swagger that is so endearing. Lintang is super intelligent and a really good kid. I liked him a lot because he was also the glue that held others together in places.

I recommend the film if anyone is interested in the topic. I haven’t read the book but I’m assuming it would be as good as, if not better than, the film.