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An exception to every rule

Wouldn't you know it, the second I mention my policy on not editing manuscripts once they start the submission rounds, I get a rejection letter that prompts me to edit a manuscript. *sighs* Synchronicity is alive and well and it's got my URL.

Story in question is "The Meddler". Got a very detailed critique from one of the helpful editors over at NFG (which, by another chance occurrence, I happened to see on the newsstand for the first time this afternoon--nice looking magazine), with several suggestions. A few, regarding some confusion in the opening scene and the length of the opening scenes, I figured I could attend to pretty quickly and ended up spending an hour hacking out sloppy prose. Have since uploaded the revised excerpt. It's not wonderful, but at least it's better. I'm not sure if I should be depressed by the poor quality of a story I've been sending around or encouraged that I've improved enough in the last nine months to be able to see how poor it was.

Unfortunately, some of the editor's comments I couldn't act on. I struggled with the likeability (or lack thereof) of the main character back when I first wrote the story and was unable to resolve it then--to do it now would require massive rewrites and time I don't feel like investing, and which might not fix the problem anyway. And some of the remarks didn't fit what I was going for, so I ignored them.

A mantra for writers: The editor is not a god. You are allowed to disagree.

Now that I can send the story out again without blushing in shame, it has settled in a virtual slush pile elsewhere in cyberspace. May the fates have a field day with it.

In other news, which possibly no one but Peter will care about, I am well on my way to becoming a devout Terry Pratchett fan. The Colour of Magic had me grinning all the way to school today. Much needed antidote to the gloomy literature of the day--discussing King Lear in Filming Lit. Am eager to move on to the later books if this is really far from as good as it gets. Am also very envious as I only seem to produce humorous stories in the midst of unplanned babbling, which rarely results in anything usable.

BTW, someone submitted a critique request but didn't fill in their e-mail, only the story title: "The Outlaws". If said person happens to read this, and does want his/her story considered for critique, please e-mail me your contact info.

I can only help you if you let me. ;)



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Mar. 19th, 2003 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yes! A convert. My secret plan for world domination through Terry Pratchett novels is well at hand...

No, though, really ... I'm glad you're enjoying it. I was a bit worried it might turn you off since it is a bit rough at times, but perhaps that was merely because I didn't actually read The Colour of Magic until I had read most of his later books. His writing is cleaner and his universe gains much definition in the later books.


Mar. 20th, 2003 07:19 am (UTC)
Well, I did notice occasional rough patches, but overall it's so much fun I didn't really mind. :) BTW, if you happen to know - were the first two chapters (The Colour of Magic and The Sending of Eight) originally separate stories? It seemed a little weird the way he re-introduced the main characters at the beginning of TSoE, and so I wondered.
Mar. 20th, 2003 01:38 am (UTC)
If you love the first one, wait till you get to number four - Mort.

I LIKED the first three. I read Mort and oh my... Never has a book made me laugh out loud so much.
Mar. 20th, 2003 07:21 am (UTC)
Is that so? Well, perhaps I'll skip right to that one after this, considering I don't have the next two books anyway... I get the impression the series is the sort that can be read out-of-sequence without any confusion.
Mar. 20th, 2003 07:51 am (UTC)
Terry Pratchett
I finished the Colour of Magic about a month ago and I’m currently devouring the rest of the Discworld series. I’m not sure if there is a particular order that you’re supposed to read them in…I know many sci-fi/fantasy writers are very strict on the timeline of their series books, but I’d definitely recommend picking up The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. I don’t know if it’s technically a Discworld book since I found it in the children’s section. Pratchett is definitely one of those authors that straddles the kid/adult line.

Anyway, who doesn’t love books about rodents? :D
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Earth & Sky
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The Clouded Sky
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A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
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Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
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Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
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Henry Holt, 2009

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