November 2005


My “just not right” story is up at Critters and has already received three critiques. Unsurprisingly, the critiques suggest that I’ve again fallen prey to my most common uncritiqued story problem. I try not to spoon feed readers and let them figure things out on their own rather than just coming out and saying, “Look, it’s a conspiracy, okay?” but sometimes I go too far in the other direction.
In short, they’re not getting things. OTOH, I’m getting a great map to the unclear parts of my story. LOL.
Sadly, Brian gets it. He always gets it. Otherwise, this would always be his task. :)
Happy Thanksgiving!

I just realized this morning why the (former) cliché (challenge) story is moving so slowly: that universe is underdeveloped. The SO mentioned Eric Flint and his 1632 anthologies, and somehow that made me realize that no one could write a story in the (former) cliché story universe, because there’s just not enough to it yet. My lead characters have been dropping hints about how things work now, and used to work before, but it’s still too vague.
It’s a story about aliens. That probably makes things harder. Hmmm.

Sigh. I’ve backslid. Yes, I’m back to my old evil ways of several stories started at once. Oh, well. At least I’m actually writing on them.
The former cliché story proceeds slowly, but it’s chugging along. I’m putting in more obstacles and conflict.
I also have a new title for the story awaiting crit. It doesn’t completely suck, so yay.
Also, MT 3.2 continues to rock my world.

I was talking to the SO in the car this morning on the way to work about our respective writing projects. He thinks that the problem I’m having with the story formerly for the cliché challenge is that it’s not a short story, it’s a novel.
It’s definitely a long one, that’s for sure. Oh, not at the moment. At the moment it’s over-compressed, and needs unpacking. But when I put in all the stuff that needs to go in, it’ll be a long one.
As opposed to the other story I have lying around, which is a shorty. And I still have a novel idea percolating–again, I have characters and a milieu and a situation, but not a plot per se.
I was going to try to power through the former cliché story this weekend come hell or high water, but maybe I should finish the short one instead. Or maybe I should unpack and reevaluate. Yeah.
In other news, I’m reconsidering the running thing again. Yes, yes, I know. But I want to. I’m going to try something I read online–walk 10 minutes for a warm up, 15 minutes of walk, run, or both as I feel like it, 5 minutes of walk for a cool down. My cardiovascular system really feels like it can take whatever I dish out to it on the treadmill, but my legs can’t. Maybe the stretching/weightlifting/”whatever I feel like” plan will make my legs cooperate more.
Also, the SO’s next project sounds cool. I smell movie rights. ;)