485 words of "Your Collar," the !Victorian minotaur story, last night, which made me happy. I'm enjoying this little story a lot. I think it's in the same world as "Orm the Beautiful," but set about a hundred years earlier.
It has the same kind of voice. Which is appropriate, I guess, because it's also an elisem-inspired piece. I've been writing it while staring at "The Oracle In Springtime," and that seems to be working out.
via hominysnark, so how does subliminal advertising work, anyway?
The subconscious is a fascinating thing.
Some of writing well, for me, is getting conscious access to that process. Because one thing that happens is that when you become aware of the cliches and patterns of narrative, you can manipulate them. You can use the expectations to your advantage, either by playing to them or undermining.
It's how archetype works, and zeitgeist, and all those varied things. And it's also why taking a shower or going for a walk or engaging in repetitive housework can unlock the creative process.
Also, that's how writers can "just know" how the story goes. Because there's a whole lot of brain in there that the "I" doesn't have conscious access to--but it's down there shooting out smoke signals and making pictures and telling you things you can't get into words, because words are (mostly) a tool of the left-brain.
guaroth rather liked A Companion to Wolves.
We got the gay all over drelmo's companion animal fantasy, however.
vatine, who, um, appears to read a lot, liked Hammered:
Persephone Reads votes yes on New Amsterdam:
Whatta Fiasco votes yes on Whiskey & Water:
And ASIF! Podcast reviews New Amsterdam at length, with discussion and spoilers. I found this super charming: