Monday, June 19, 2017
Writer's Night June 2017
Saturday June 17th 2017 -- the third Saturday of the month -- was Writer's Night, and this month I hosted at my apartment in Federal Way. I made tacos and homemade salsa. Three people showed up -- Gene, Chuck, and Matt. Everybody but Matt had something to read.
Chuck read two different stories. Both were essentially opening chapters to longer stories. Both were set in the Felicia universe but involved other characters -- one a couple of characters in the Dogonian army, another involving two characters in the enemy Banalian army. Both were interesting and well-written, but it's hard to comment too much on either since they weren't complete stories or even revealed that much of the plot.
Gene's story was similar, a short piece from the early years of a character who will later become the Mathemagician. It was a nice piece of writing, but it was only the opening scene of a larger story -- or possibly needs a rewrite to turn it into a stand-alone story, Gene wasn't sure which. Again it was interesting and well-written, but there wasn't a plot per se so you didn't have too much to comment on.
I read an older story that I wrote last July during Camp NaNoWriMo, but which is set very early in my series of Grandpa Anarchy stories. I had decided that Circuit Girl has been built up to be such an important character in my universe, but the first story she appears in, she's already dead, so I wanted to write a story or two that involved her before she's killed. I plotted three of these and wrote two of them, and still intend to write the third at some point.
Other than that it's a time travel Jack the Ripper story, which is a subgenre all it's own I think. I still like the story as written but people suggested a different ending that I might use, although the more I think about it, some of those suggestions don't make a lot of sense, as they suggest multiple timelines coexisting in the same timeline or something. But I do think I'll rework the ending a bit. The first part of the story alludes to the fact that multiple people have tried to go back in time to solve the Jack the Ripper case, and I don't deal with that very obviously at the end, which was the main suggestion. There's a way to do it, I just need to work on it a bit.
Anyway it was a fun night. ^_^