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I've been having a lot of trouble with this story. I wasn't sure how exactly I wanted/needed things to unfold, which is (partly) why this chapter took so long. After awhile, just the fact that it was difficult was becoming a problem, and I needed to just get it OUT and move on. It was either release this chapter as is or give up on writing this story.

So this chapter is ugly, like a boxcutter-and-ballpoint-pen tracheotomy is ugly. But it has saved the story's life. I can keep going now, hopefully with a bit more style and insouciance and such.

This is the weird thing about writing this way; you're not reading a first draft, but you're not reading something polished and completed either. If I were presenting you with something finished, I probably wouldn't talk about it so much -- I wouldn't spend as much time defending my intentions and explaining myself, and I'd just figure that if people didn't get it then I LOSE as the writer. And you might as well be a good loser. But we're a bit earlier on in the process, so I talk to you guys.

Chapter 10: Let the Watchman Count on Daybreak

Read from the beginning

Date: 2006-09-16 12:05 am (UTC)

Date: 2006-09-16 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lux-apollo.livejournal.com
I second the yays. New chapter, raw raw raw!
Even if it is mixed with razors and glass shards.
It's tough, I totally understand.
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Re: C'est Si Bon!

Date: 2006-09-16 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] to-cry-about.livejournal.com
Yeah, that's about what I saw the problem as. I had it like this a couple of weeks ago, and I knew that I needed to give it MORE, but I was just sitting there and ANGSTING and thinking about how I was a dirty two-timing author all giving my creative energy to other projects and now my little two-year-old baby was going to DIE, DIE OF NEGLECT, and why isn't this I mean what is oh man oh no oh no

and then by today every time I thought of the story I just got this burrowing OH NO in the pit of my stomach and I knew I had to just post and move on, because objectively it isn't bad writing and it gets the job done and I had to stop being neurotic about it. Because FINISHING things is my great bête noire.

Addendum:

Date: 2006-09-16 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] to-cry-about.livejournal.com
You know what it is? I think I HATE PLOT. That is, I hate writing action stuff like this where people are going in and out of places and being in danger and there's no time for meandering introspection or deep conversation or farts. I hate those situations in real life and I hate writing them too. My ideal novel is probably a fucking Charlie Rose broadcast or a really emo Socratic dialogue, but that's the way it is.

Date: 2006-09-28 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feikoi.livejournal.com
Whee, update~

Ugly

Date: 2006-10-04 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Okay, so maybe it's ugly, but it works. A writer never finishes polishing, but if your text doesn't work, it just doesn't work. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the story. Loving it so far.

Date: 2006-10-18 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talktooloose.livejournal.com
I forgot to comment after I read this. i understand when things don't go as prettily as you had hoped, but that's fine. Getting through the tough patches is incredibly important.

I enjoyed the chapter a lot. Joel's ability to make tough decisions under pressure was impressive. Also, it's the first time I sort of got how powerful Prawn is which is just a scary thought.

The jumble of telepathic thoughts was lovely writing so don't beat yourself up so hard.

I look forward to more.

Peace.

Date: 2006-12-09 05:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bkwyrm.livejournal.com
I just wandered over to the story from a rec. Beautifully done - and thanks for keeping me entertained for a few hours! I'm looking forward to the next update.

Date: 2006-12-09 08:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] surreul.livejournal.com
hi! I just read the entire story, the first series as well as this one today and wanted to let you know I thought it was fantastic. I have lots and lots to say about the story and the characterization and babbeling and questions you are not at all obligated to answer but I need to go to bed and I wanted to drop a note in case I get caught up in something and end up never leaving feedback. So, yes, awesome, awesome story and I'm looking forward to reading more. Thank you!

Great Story

Date: 2007-07-08 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I have only read the first short story. I've loved it. I am looking forward to reading the second book. You write well, and I have been pulled in more with this story than many others I've read lately.
Good job, and I hope you keep writing.

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