"Possibility" - Story #6
Wow. That was an epic weekend of writing. Two full days of hammering away at my keyboard and then all of last night editing. And this story is, as promised, EPIC!
As promised/threatened this one turned out long. I would recommend that you not read it in HTML, that you print out the PDF to curl up on the couch with, but the environmental impact of all those printer pages gives me pause. Heck, I’m tempted to just tell you to not read it at all...and wait for the forthcoming young adult book that will take this story, flesh it out and clean it up.
Woah, what’s that? A book? Yes, Collective – of all our joint efforts, I think this one's got the most potential to become it's own novel! (Unfortunately I am exhausted of writing so it’s not going to happen soon. But this is definitely going on the Idea Shelf.)
The writing of this story had two phases. The first (the day of Saturday) was when things serendipitously fit together and my mind spiraled out with the possibilities into a whole new universe to explore. The second (the day of Sunday) was when I got over half way through it and I wanted to go back and re-edit the whole goddamned thing. It wasn't until the story got to Chicago, for example, that I realized it could have been better served by having Isla hail from say present-day suburban Kansas instead of the valley of Gwyndyr. Alas and alack. That's for the forthcoming young adult novel!
A few awards for this week:
The two hardest to highlight in the text: Jonathan Ryan wanted me to show a little sympathy for the devil - allow the audience to empathize with the villain. Travis Flournoy wanted a a fake situation in which "they aren't sure if the -wrong' is fake-fake, fake, or actually real."
Setting: Alternate universe Chicago from Gavin. There was so much detail in this submission I just barely squeezed 60% of it in.
Character: I know she was reluctant to give her up, but Steph Whiteside's assassin who makes knitting needles out of the bones of her enemies was awesome!
Sentence: From Sarah Dennis: "I know from personal experience that you can lose a lot of things in bed--marbles, teeth, your virginity--but no one in the history of this world or any other has ever lost that before!!"
Word: From the setting of Robin Sloan: "were-lizard". Now that's an image that sticks!
This week's soundtrack:
It pains me to write these concluding lines to the sixth story update. Yes, I'm exhausted and cannot wait to spend a weekend not writing. But I have also enjoyed this process so much - and I have all of you to thank for that. You, The Collective, your creativity week to week was so inspiring. You are an intimidating bunch of ideasmiths! I expect this won't be the last project like this I undertake - and I hope you'll join me in whatever the next one is. (Or invite me along if you decide to do something similar yourself!)
Sometime this week you'll get a request from me for some information about how to get you your copy of the book. I certainly hope you enjoy it.
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