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   LAST EDITED ON Aug-02-14 AT 02:35 AM (EDT)
 
FAIR WARNING: I am violating the crap out of the First Commandment for Writers ("Thou shalt make it look easy") here. Don't keep reading if you find that disturbing.


>>... you wake up after a week of mild illness and realize that the
>>people who told you you were Doing It Wrong in 2003 were probably
>>right, but that to fix it now you would have to bin 2.33 megabytes of
>>text and start 2410 completely over.
>
>That seems like an ugly conclusion to come to.

It is, indeed, mighty ugly.

>What exactly needs binning

Well, it depends on how radical the surgery ended up being. As a thought experiment, there are a few different levels I could take the proceedings to, if I were to initiate them at all. The figure I named in the original post is all of Symphony No. 5 to date plus the last story of Symphony No. 4. Closer examination shows that that's not really a very accurate estimate, though - partly because the damage would extend to some pieces outside the Symphonies, but also partly because a fair bit of the affected material would be salvageable in one form or another. So it wouldn't be binning the whole Symphony so much as binning big pieces of it and revising the living shit out of the rest.

On the other hand, if I were to be more aggressive about it, I could go back to the beginning of Symphony No. 4 and start there, with a revamped version of Page of Swords; or even move Page back in time to 2407 and make it the seventh and final movement of Symphony No. 3.

If I wanted to be insanely aggressive about it, Page would be the second movement of Symphony No. 3 and a lot of the key events of the summers of 2406 and 2409 would end up conflated, but that would be getting pretty far afield of the exercise's original purpose.

And then there is what I like to think of as the Hideaki Anno approach, where I take the first 16 paragraphs of S1M1, throw the rest out the window, shotgun a bottle of dextromethorphan-based cough syrup (NOT the multisymptom kind, that's a great way to OD on acetaminophen and damage your liver), and see what happens.

>and/or how do you go about working around it?

Hell if I know right at this moment, but that is realistically what I'm going to have to do. I mean, the options outlined above, even the least radical one, are crazy, but I mention them for the sake of clearer illumination as to what I'm up against here. The last time I found myself having to push this hard to work through thickets of malfunctioning old plotlines, I was working on the episode of Hopelessly Lost that ended up being scrapped in favor of the first issue of The Iron Age. I'd... rather not do that to a product so fantastically much less self-contained than HL. More to the point, I doubt I could. I'm old now and I get tired, and if I attempted any of those things, I'm pretty sure I'd be on my own.

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