Commit log #44

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I could tell you all the things that went wrong today as the result of my own damn fault. But I’ll tell you three good things instead!

1. I returned library books for the first time in about 3-4 years. Fortunately the resulting fines were not, say, $1500, but a mere $10 overall. I also got my second, more modern library card. I’m very happy about that; I can wander the library without guilt, though it’s a little more crowded than when last I visited about 1.5 years ago.

2. I filled my pockets with Subterranean Press ebooks, all on sale!

3. I went out and it was pleasantly sunny and not too warm, not too cold. Yeah, kind of reaching, but it’s been that kind of day. >.<

I’ll try for extra credit:

4. I’m reading Good Omens with the wondrous ease that Pratchett’s and Gaiman’s prose can give me. (Pratchett more than Gaiman. Not that I can tell who wrote which parts.)

5. I read through the first volume of Kodansha’s translation of Sailor Moon. I think I like it. I do like Tuxedo Mask’s personality a bit better. I like how much faster the story moves here than in the anime.

6. I finally figured out the character arcs for both my main characters in Seal Tales. Unfortunately they may very well be at odds with each other. Ah, writing. So excitin’.

Thing I like about myself: sigh. Though it’s kinda useless to hate myself, so I won’t. If possible.

and so to bed.

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4 thoughts on “Commit log #44

  1. Libraries have learned that enormous teetering piles of fines tend to make people stay away. And your books had been out long enough that their return would have come as a happy surprise.

  2. “I finally figured out the character arcs for both my main characters in Seal Tales. Unfortunately they may very well be at odds with each other. Ah, writing. So excitin’.”

    That is actually wonderful, though you are going to have to make some decisions toward the end. It is wonderful because conflict – and especially conflict in goals – is the engine that drives fiction. “Boy gets girl, girl loves boy back, happily ever after” is boring and won’t get you read. “Boy loves girl, girl shoots boy, crazy stuff happens, boy and girl get back together but circle each other warily” – that gets you readers.

    The decisions: obviously – who wins? It is better (IMHO) if the author makes the decision, and the story supports the author’s decision somehow. Some authors leave things ambiguous – and let the reader decide. I personally think that abdicates the author’s responsibilities, but many well-known stories do this (I particularly hated The Turn of the Screw – and found out reading somewhere that Henry James deliberately chose to make it ambiguous). In my case, I don’t like it – and haven’t read much of his work after that. Ditto “Flowers in the Attic” – but taste varies.

    So – looking forward to hearing how your main character conflicts work out.

    On the other thing – hope you get a decent night’s sleep, and things aren’t quite so bad in the morning. People have been incredibly generous in accepting my apologies when I had to make them (because of something I did or said). It isn’t pleasant, but grownups do what needs to be done, and try to work with the consequences. Best of luck. Sometimes luck helps.

    • Thanks!

      And yeah, I know the grit of most stories is conflict, but that feels… limiting somehow. Oh well. I’ll figure out the best path forwards for my story, no matter where it goes.

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