This is the first Memorial Day weekend in a good long while that I haven’t been at Wiscon, and I can’t help feeling a little melancholy. I’d gotten very used to that moment of connection and thought and outright silliness. (And there’s a very materialistic part of me that misses the clothing swap, but since I hit the jackpot last year I really have no right to complain.) My thoughts are with everyone there; raise a glass for me.
In the meantime, I’m drowning my sorrows in Rock Band, cinnamon rolls, and hiking, not in that order. I also took a quick break from revision to write something new, and while I’m still too close to know whether I did a good job, it feels like a good story. Not least because I got to write several mad-science monologues.
Best part of revision recently: fixing a logistics problem and in the process making one character delightfully more sinister. No matter how well it’s justified or how true it is in-story, the line “this is for your own good” immediately makes the scene a little more unsettling.
This is what happens when I get eaten by revision*: I miss important things! “The Governess and the Lobster,” an incredibly silly little story, is now up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. It’s…well…this was one of those stories where I wrote the first line, thought “This is ridiculous,” and then went ahead with it anyway. It’s also one that I love to read aloud, if only because I can almost get the right amount of gravel in Matron Jenkins’ voice. If you’re interested in epistolary stories, a few skewered Gothic tropes, and automata, go take a look!
Dear Matron Jenkins,
For the record, I want you to know that the mechanical lobster is not my fault.
* more than a third done! Not counting the three chapters I’ll have to write from scratch…oh well.
Best part of revision today: bringing back some minor characters in order to create some emotional resolution. Also, there’s something satisfying about cutting out whole swaths of text. I know I’ll have to write more to make up for it, but the act of paring down has its own satisfaction.
Best part of today’s revision: realizing that I can fix most of the problems with a chapter by moving the action to another location — which will give me a little more of a chance to flesh out a previously-flattish character. Simple solutions rock.
Best part of revision today: reducing an entire chapter’s worth of comments to “ADD SHENANIGANS.”