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I think the heat pump convector is officially dead. But we do have the oil furnace for the bedrooms. And we have two woodstoves for the area previously cared for by the heat pump. I built a fire at 6am. Miss E was quite pleased with it, warming herself while brushing her hair for school. It's cloudy so not quite as cold as yesterday, but the fire is welcome. The question is whether I will build and maintain a second one in the living room or just keep the living room doors closed. No sun today to warm the room for me.

On the writing front, things proceed. I'm registered in NaNo, but there's little hope I can generate 50k in 30 days, though I continue to try. No, not defeatist. I'm actually pleased with what I'm generating, which are proto stories, as opposed to a proto novel. I'm using my weather thing, courtesy of The Weatherdude, in at least one of the stories, if not two. And I'm generating new material, which hasn't happened in a year. The last time I tried to generate new material was for OzCon, nearly a year ago. That story is still unfinished, but I have a retreat coming up the first weekend in December and I plan to finish the draft then. Different style, with internal editor engaged. The work this month has the editor primarily shut down and I'm just generating.

Re\Creation received what I would call a mediocre review from The Fix, so I won't link to it. Y'all can find it if you want to. Apparently, something in my opening tried the patience of the reviewer. He wasn't willing to come along for the ride and only continued reading because he was required to. And then he began to see it wasn't the story he had thought it was. And liked it. And saw why the opening was the way it was.

I found a few other mentions, none of them favorable. An engineer with aspirations of being a writer disliked it. I disliked the writing posted on his website, so we're even, I guess.

However, I do know of many people who liked it, liked it quite well, in fact. Stan liked it and wants another story. That would be the water one or the gen ship one or both. And someone suggested that I send it while Stan is still breathing. yeah. Good idea, that.

So, off I go to write.
Frog Out

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mindseas
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I keep telling myself that if I could just get something published I wouldn't mind the reviews, but I suppose it's not that way... It's great that you have an invitation for another story. I'd work on one of those! And keep warm. Don't the fires make you feel like you're in a medieval fantasy? I hope WD has enough wood chopped.
scottedelman
Nov. 23rd, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
someone suggested that I send it while Stan is still breathing

I don't see any reason that Stan won't continue to keep breathing for many years to come ...
birdhousefrog
Nov. 23rd, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, but considering how long it took me to consider "Re\Creation" ready, considering that this person KNOWS how long it took me to get to that point, and considering that Stan has asked me to send him another story, there is some small cause for concern.

Oz
scottedelman
Nov. 23rd, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
I went off and read your review at The Fix, and it wasn't as bad as you think. There are actually quotable lines there.

I've had far worse.
birdhousefrog
Nov. 24th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
It's not bad, no, but I can't say I like the impression that I annoy ALL my readers, as opposed to this particular reader. Yes, in the end the reviewer came around to my story, but if what he said is true, no one would read beyond its opening paragraphs.

You'll have to tell me if you agree or disagree with that reviewer.

Oz
scottedelman
Nov. 25th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
I can't answer whether I agree or disagree with why the reviewer felt that the opening of your story "tries the reader's patience," because he never really explains what he means by that. There are no specifics.

All good science-fiction stories have an element of disorientation at the start as we try to figure out where and when and why we are, and then as we get deeper into the story, that disorientation fades. Do you think the reviewer objected to that common occurrence this particular time? I wish he had given specifics, but that might have been too spoilery a review.

In any case, I didn't have the same experience.
birdhousefrog
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
I didn't have the same experience.

I'll take that.

And I'll take your comment that he wasn't specific about what tried his patience. That's very true and very insightful of you. I'm just too close to the material.

Oz
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