Today was the beginning of the CSSF Short Story Workshop
and I'm pleased to announce that I have survived relatively unscathed.
My first story, "Recycled Dreams," was up for critique. It is the most polished of the three stories being reviewed, so I was glad we covered it first. We had a good discussion about the things I could have done differently, better ways I could have presented the idea and had a more dramatic impact. It really sparked some ideas on where to go with the story, if I can work through one pesky logic problem.
I have my newest story, "Wholesale Goods," up on the block tomorrow. I'm a bit more nervous about this story. It's my newest piece, written specifically for the workshop. Very first draft. Dena
is the only person I've let read it. I tried to be a little looser in my prose, since I have the tendency to be sparse when I write.
We all went out to dinner at the Mad Greek
. I received some very nice encouragement from kijjohnson
over some flaming cheese. She compared my writing to her own when she was just starting out. It's always good to get reassurances that you're on the right track.
I have three stories to critique tonight and one small assignment from Jim Gunn, to write a couple paragraphs of a new start to "Recycled Dreams." I've got an idea where I want to start it but I need to noodle on it a bit more.