Conversations with Christopher: Grace and Theodora

Once again, Christopher faces the little girl and her bear, sitting opposite him in the mists of the Cauldron.

Christopher: How are things?

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: We just did the first round of edits and we haven’t even reached the hard part.

Christopher: Still you’ve made progress.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Uh-huh.

Christopher: What’s changed?

Grace: Parts of our story or the stories within the story. I think I’m more me now, if that makes sense.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Ours is the longest story our scribbler has ever worked on. Parts of what she’s going through in edits is familar, yet it’s with Shenanigans Press, a new publisher.

Christopher: Are you excited about what’s happening?

Grace: Oh, yes. A little scared, too. I mean, how is the world going to react to us and our story? I mean, Theodora is the best, but how are they going to react to me?

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Aww, thank you! (She cuddles her bear.)

Christopher: What did she say?

Grace: She says I’m her child. There’s nothing to worry about.

Christopher: I’m sure there isn’t.

Grace: Yes, but, well, I’ve been part of the scribbler’s imagination for so long. My story got forgotten. For years. (She giggles.) It’s funny, how I’m a child, yet I’m older than you are, if you count how long I’ve been in the scribbler’s head.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Theodora, too. Only she used to be a teddy bear. It wasn’t until years later she became a Theodora.

Christopher: When was that?

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Well, the scribbler started thinking about this steampunk submission call, which reminded her of Theodora and myself. Only she started to think about Theodora becoming a Theodora Bear. The title; Wind Me Up, One More Time first popped into her head because she was thinking steampunk.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Theodora was originally going to be clockwork. Or turn into clockwork. The clockwork shows up in a different way in this story as do gears.

Christopher: You mean the gears of industry?
Grace: You know about them?

Christopher: It may have something to do with my role as Happily Ever After. Or I could be just drawing this knowledge from our scribbler’s mind.

Grace: Yes, well, I spend a lot of time being frightened of those gears. Industry, too.

Christopher: Why?

Grace: Gears of industry can grind you up or catch you in their rhythm until you’re nothing more than a part of industry.

Christopher: I see.

Grace: Do you?

Christopher: I have something like that in my universe, my birthplace, you might say. There are shadows which can tear people’s memories away, leaving them no longer themselves.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Sounds scary.

Christopher: It is.

Grace: Good luck in escaping them.

Christopher: That would be a lot easier if I wasn’t one of them.

Grace: Huh?

Christopher: Never mind.

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