Tonight, I have cast my mind back over a week to when we were staying in the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis and my recollections of it. The section I was working on has two main characters waiting in the lobby to be taken on a tour of the area. The reception area, now disused, is filled with the likes of discarded papers and stationary, having been left like that since the beginning of the ‘Long Emergency’. The characters muse over it. For me, it’s a metaphor for the discarded remains of the old order (a bit like the abandoned church, though this time regarding everyday life as opposed to defunct institutions). I think metaphors are essential in expressing the theme of a story. Wherever the opportunity arises to incorporate one, I’ll ensure that it is included. Again, it gives depth and understanding to the novel.
Talking of the ‘Long Emergency’, this term was coined by a very good book of the same title, which I read a while back. This book deals with the issue of Peak Oil, as well as the other ‘converging catastrophes’ of the 21st Century. It was a major source of inspiration for the back story for Dragon Line. I would recommend reading it. You can check it out here on the following Amazon link: