Here is where I’ll be today, particularly at the steampunk panel at 2:30 (and there’s another steampunk panel on Monday). If you’re in Canberra, you can still come.
Filed under Steampunk, Writing Advice
Thought I’d comment on the twittertale that just wrapped up. I enjoyed the cute personal dig at the very end, but to be honest, the rest of the story didn’t catch me. I think the stories that immerse me the most are the ones where each new burst of posts each day actually happens on a different day in the story. Ones where it takes four days to go through a single scene tend to lag, and I need to go back and reread to remember where we’re at. I find it amusing that the story I enjoyed the most was one you hated (about the mind controlling angelic little student), although I felt the ending to that one was abrupt. The other one that I remember was whacking zombies with a cricket bat. Or was it vampires? I can’t actually remember any of the story, just that the idea of whacking things with cricket bats appealed to me. Hmm. Maybe that says more about me than about the story…
Otherwise, I enjoyed reading your comparison of the Staple and JRR (I have no idea what those stand for, you know?) yesterday. I thought your point that the LotR was a linguist’s romp that probably wouldn’t pass muster today was rather salient. Certainly, the opening chapter drags on loooong enough! However, it also contains such gems as the following quote, which is really, really way up there in my collection of favourite quotes.
“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
Anyway, enough of me ranting 😛 Hope all is well down under!
Jolyon: It’s good to know the specialised twittertales are better, but after doing that for two years it’s just not worth making the special effort. Like most of my current and future twittertales, “Blood and Water” is just an ordinary story that’s been chopped up. Most readers don’t take in the whole story at all – they’re just generally aware a story is happening, and they dip in here and there (like someone watching the ads of a TV show). I’m content enough with that – at least for now.
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I am an Australian writer of young adult adventure fantasy and steampunk including interactive fiction (digital Choose Your Own Adventure stories).
My debut novel, HEART OF BRASS, is the beginning of the Antipodean Queen series and is available in print and digital formats anywhere in the world. OdysseyBooks.com.au
My interactive fiction is all listed at ifdb.tads.org under "Felicity Banks".
Contact me: fellissimo[at]hotmail[dot]com
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I have also written as Louise Curtis.