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one's unsung genius, the standing upon of--

So there's a scene at the beginning of Whiskey & Water that was my editor's idea. She wanted to establish stakes up front, and bring in the bad guys off the top. And well, I wrote the scene.

But I hated it. Loathed and despised. I felt like it threw off the balance of the book, as if it was kind of tacky and soaked in worn-out fantasy tropes. (It's a scene that takes place in Hell, in which two devils have a showdown while a poet and a prince look on.)

I kicked and thrashed and whined while I wrote it, and I've been whinging about it ever since.

I loaned allaboutm_e a manuscript copy of W&W.

...it's her favorite scene in the book.

...yanno, I still don't like it. But.

I am willing to admit in public that Liz was right.

(which is not to say that editors are *always* right. but sometimes, one's unsung genius may be unsung because of its startling resemblance to a blind spot. as it were.)

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I rather expect to hate it to my grave. I handed the book in about a year ago, after all.

*g* We are not good judges of our own work.
*g* The reasons why I don't like it are structural, and enumerated in the original post.
I think you are misunderstanding the intent of this post.
There are scenes like that in Tam Lin.

In the 1980's, Ace Books's universal solution to any ambiguity in the opening of a fantasy novel -- particularly with regard to whether it really was a fantasy novel, but also with regard to other matters -- was to get the author to write a prologue. I got so tired of them that I wouldn't do it for either TL or my later books. But there are scenes in all of them that would have been prologues and that I just don't like. They throw the balance off.

It's nice other people don't see it that way, I guess, but rarrr.

All of which is to say, I might feel your pain.

P.
Hee. It's not even so much pain as... well, she was right. :-P And when one has thrashed and whinged, one must admit that one was wrong.

I'm still right about Matthew keeping his improbable last name, though. *g*