October 19th, 2007


Yup, That's About Right

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
created with QuizFarm.com
You scored as Serenity (Firefly)

You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Moya (Farscape)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


I would be well-suited in either of those first two universes. Life would be a bitch, I'd probably get killed, but I would undoubtedly have fun. The questions alone were worth the pain of doing this quiz. Be sure to agree with the question about getting along with eccentric aliens if you want B5 to come close to the top. Although that might bring Heart of Gold higher, but who cares. Long live eccentric aliens.

Frog Out

All Silliness Aside

Mouse King:

I am considering my Mouse King crits. I have taken out my oil crayons and doodled on several pages. I have some interesting free-form squiggles across my draft. Curvy and loopy. Might be a personal description. Never mind. I guess all the silliness isn't quite out of me yet.

I am considering trashing the first 9 pages, which, in retrospect, are pure narration and setup. Almost.

The Mouse King has asked me to consider telling the story from his POV instead of having an omniscient-narrator-as-character. I am pondering what the Royal Rodent could and could not know. I am weighing that yes, using the Mouse King as POV character might be a good way to show that my fairies are weirdos. Because a Mouse who's royalty is normal, right?

I have written a big orange oil crayon "D" where I think the story could have dialog instead of being told. Because I reread The Goose Girl and watched how dialog was used to break up the narration. I am refraining from spending my entire worktime rereading lots of fairy tales to see how dialog was used. See how disciplined I am.

I have consulted with The Grand Poobah (my mentor, at whose feet I sit, a mere grasshopper) and he/she/it has opined that nowadays readers of short stories expect more than a single linear story in the niche where I like to write. They want some complexity. So, my initial instinct to have two things going on at once was correct. But they have to converge properly.

Which brings me back to the issue of whether it's possible to tell the story from the Mouse King's perspective and still have the second storyline in place. It would have to be altered because it's currently given to the reader from the Fairy King's perspective. And the Mouse King can't be aware of the Fairy King's rather nefarious plot.

In other news, the chickens do a happy dance as does the Weatherdude. Because it's drizzling this morning and they like that. But we still broke the record for most consecutive days without rain.

Frog Out