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I'll Just Start My Day Nicely, Ok?

Just when I thought that "Re\Creation" had received all the notice it was going to receive from various reviewers, I got a pleasant surprise. A review I can link to. One where the reviewer understood what I was reaching for when I wrote the story in the first place. The perspicacious (and voracious reader) Karen Burnham has reviewed the November issue here: http://spiralgalaxyreviews.blogspot.com/2009/01/analog-broke-out-of-its-stereotype-in.html.

And if you skim to the bottom, I have pride of place. The final paragraph in nonfiction is what you want a reader to take away with them. Her review of "Re\Creation."

Thank you Karen, for making my morning perfect. I have my cups of k-cup coffee (3 different kinds), I have a lovely review where a reviewer understood the gender issues, and I have a completed middle of the new fairy story.

Yes. You read that correctly. A completed middle. My hive mind had a second, larger, retreat over the weekend and I completed the middle section, nailed it down. I am now editing the climactic moments and then will edit the opening. Again, this was the correct way to approach this story. I have found, as the middle grew quite stout, that I can almost begin the story there without the opening. So while I'm enamored of the lyrical prose, I shall have to edit the opening with an eye to What Does A Reader Really Need To Know To Follow The Next Bits?

Frog Out

Edited to add:
While I was at the retreat, Maralton and The Dude put netting over much of the run so now the girls can go outside again. Maralton said all 15 stampeded out when she opened the hatch and immediately fought for dust bath spots against the barn wall. Happy girls.

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oracne
Jan. 5th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Yay review!
birdhousefrog
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
And yay for eunuch sex! (Just had to put that in)
mindseas
Jan. 5th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
That's a very cool review--best story in the issue and breaking new ground for Analog. I think she nailed it! (I'm not an Analog reader, and didn't read the other stories in that issue, so I'm not an unbiased judge on the matter. All I can say is I wasn't enthralled by Sawyer's "Wake.")

Glad you're making progress with that fairy story. I always have good thoughts for your hive-mind!

And yay for the chickens too!
birdhousefrog
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
There's a definite gender split on reading that story. Karen knew it was written by a woman, I met her in Denver. But I'm still just happy, happy, happy that someone articulated what I was doing so very, very well.

May the same happen to you some day!
mindseas
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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birdhousefrog
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Well hopefully I'll have a story in whatever she does decide to review, though I'm not certain she's reviewing that many short markets anymore. It beats the reviewer at The Fix who said I had tried the reader's patience in the same section of the story where she sees me building and examining sexual tension!
ex_triciasu
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! All good, all good. 2009 looking excellent so far.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
I didn't think of it that way, but yes, you're right. In many ways it is. And my main character just thought and plotted the unthinkable, so I'm really pleased tonight.

Oz
kannibal_kat
Jan. 5th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for the review!

And yay for happy chickens!
birdhousefrog
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Hip, Hip, Hooray! I'm still quite chuffed about it tonight. And about the new story. Thanks for the support!
mount_oregano
Jan. 5th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
She understood the story. Good reviewer. She gets a gold egg.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Pity I can no longer offer her one of Walkabout's eggs. But these girls are no doubt her sisters and her cousins and her aunts.
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