Time is Not Kind

Well… I had a look at my printed copy of “PFTETD”.  It’s pretty eye-opening to give the story a bit of a read after some four months or more of separation.

I still believe this is probably the best story I’ve written yet.  Still, it is flawed.  Right from the get-go, I can see it now.  The opening drags just a little slowly.  The language is occasionally awkward even after several drafts.  There are still some characterization issues.

I’m not sure how I would fix these problems.  I haven’t actually read it all the way through, just the first few pages, so I’m sure there would be more problems revealed with a more complete read-through.

It’s a good story.  But it’s not a good story.  You know, like, really good.  I knew it wasn’t great, but I thought it was really good.  Instead, just as Westley wasn’t all dead, he was just mostly dead (sorry for the spoiler, folks, but there’s a bit of a statute of limitations on classics like these), the story isn’t all good, it’s just mostly good.

So, you know… I might actually learn a thing or two at JordanCon by workshopping this.

Locked & Loaded

Well, I’ve got my map to the convention center, I’ve got my story, “PFTETD” printed out, I’ve got a 30-second novel pitch (I can read it in 28).

Plus, I’ve got a brand new hard-copy of Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings to get signed, if I can.  (Dear Wife really is good with the whole giving gifts thing.)

I’m ready for JordanCon.  Here goes nothing.

(Well… in about four hours or so.) Continue reading