Commit log #83

3 good things

1. Faking It was excellent, as was Anyone But You. Currently listening to Fast Women.

2. Write Well Academy class 103 helped me understand conflict in story rather better. My two main take-aways were the conflict box/lock analysis, and that often you want conflict between people because people can push back more actively and intelligently than, say, a mountain can.

3. I can watch SF Debris’ review of one of the best TNG episodes, “The Inner Light”.

4. Still have episodes of MythBusters to watch. Wooo!

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2 thoughts on “Commit log #83

  1. I liked, in Faking It, the way Davy learned to use his inherited powers for good instead of having to commit crime to get a thrill. I liked the way Tilda got to come to terms with her heritage and reclaim her own style of painting.

    I was impressed by the way Crusie portrays Clea as a person who doesn’t mean any particular harm, just leaned to heavily on one life plan and is now dismayed at having to come up with a fallback position. It’s actually a very humane treatment of a type of character that often gets written off.

    I liked the wistful fantasies Tilda has as she buckles down to tedious muraling, about taking a couple of weeks off to paint her bedroom, maybe blue with clouds…no, too frivolous. Maybe green, a leafy green jungle for Steve to hide in…no, let’s just settle for yellow, maybe with some sunflowers, yes, riotous VanGogh-esque sunflowers…no, be good. And how two of the three ideas has been painted by the end of the story.

    I liked Steve as a character.

    I really liked the opening sequence with Clarissa and Tilda and Steve, establishing Clarissa as “exactly the kind of woman who would get a designer-second dog for fake warmth in her faux Post-Impressionist wall painting”, and establishing Tilda as the kind of person who sees problems and responsibly fixes them, and is not sweet or smooth about it.

    • I really like the way Crusie portrays her antagonists so far, and it does explain why the conflict in her books is so good—she has great antagonists. Some of her antagonists aren’t even villains. Sometimes she mixes villain antagonists and good antagonists in the same book. It’s great.

      She’s excellent at character work, and I like her dialogue and voice. And I like how she inserts a pet into each book—or at least, each book of hers that I’ve read so far.

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