This is something I am now pondering.
Because fantasy and SF totally have room for beauty; beauty of storytelling, beauty of language, beauty of fine plain craftsmanship.
There are all these lines to walk.
Progress notes for 9 July 2006:
New Words: 951
Total Words: 82,958 / 96,250
Deadline: August 1
Words per day to meet deadline: 163
Scenes left / scenes myrtilized (notecards, if I were using notecards this book): 7/11
Reason for stopping: Well, unless I get very, very clever on behalf of the less-bad guys, the really-bad guys just won. The genocide goes forward, and Enron rules the universe.
And one for the Dark Lord upon his dark throne.
Now, this means I've complicated the plot sufficiently and raised the stakes high enough. But it also means I now need to figure out how to put a stop to their nefarious plan.
Mail: My god, how the cookies roll in! More reviews from the blogosphere.
Eagle's Path reviews Hammered, with mixed but generally positive emotions. A really thoughtful and detailed review.
Today's words Word don't know: cartoonishly, helmetless, extratropical,
Mean Things: pending genocide
There's always one more quirk in the character: Closs turns out to be more of an ass than I expected. And I expected a lot.
Books in progress: Martin Cruz Smith, Stallion Gate; Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice;
Don't tell me you don't know what love is
When you're old enough to know better
When you find strange hands in your sweater
When your dreamboat turns out to be a footnote
I'm a man with a mission in two or three editions
... Everyday, everyday, everyday I write the book