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Steps To Awareness: Part 6 (Fiction)

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:58 pm
by paradigm88

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:06 am
by paradigm88
I don't imagine she did - if only because I don't think she could dream of affording it. I imagined Mallory taking the same path a friend of mine took. She grew up way off the beaten path, and faced with the prospect of going to school locally, becoming a school teacher and getting married and having kids by twenty-five, she decided to go for the unknown and go to school eight hours from home. To make it work, she took classes mostly at night (same education, cheaper!) and worked her butt off by day. Mallory's family has long pressured her to forego a career and start a family instead, so they aren't supporting her educational plans. She'd have to do pretty much the same to take care of her bills.

Boston has a bit of vanity to it - I'm from the northeast - but it's also a good fit for the world I imagined for the story. I picture most of the story within a suburban setting, with the added bonus of being cool enough in the fall for women to wear hose by default. At the same time, "Sidesteps" takes place around some kind of rail system (as Mallory rides the train to the symposium). Boston conveniently fits both requirements.

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:21 am
by paradigm88
To be honest, I'd never really planned for the story to take place there, either. I just started to write that paragraph and felt like a real location would legitimize the tale, as opposed to "there's a conference downtown" or "in the big city" using some nameless target. And Mallory is most certainly not a big-city girl. She's too naive and innocent (and maybe not wealthy enough) for a place like New York or DC, and too into nylons to be from the West Coast!

Re: Steps To Awareness: Part 6 (Fiction)

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:52 pm
by OceanWaves3947
Since the symposium Mallory is attending is in Boston, that got me wondering: Where does this story take place? Where do Mallory Mandelson, Sarah, Katarina, Denise Walsh, et al. live? Since Mallory’s attending a symposium in Boston, it seems likely to me that it is somewhere in the United States, probably somewhere not far from Boston, Massachusetts, but I would love to know more specifically (the state and the city).

Re: Steps To Awareness: Part 6 (Fiction)

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:06 am
by paradigm88
Like my comments upthread said, there is no real city in mind. New England was a default setting and sort of a vanity choice; I'm originally from the area, and there's a nearby city with public rail systems that would play into the events of joshjack's collaborative story. The setting for the town itself is entirely fictional, but it's much smaller than any city in the area.

Also, the Northeast is generally cool enough to allow hose all year for the dedicated girl.