I wrote up Chris and Jesse talking about the ten most important songs in their lives circa the events in First Flight. You can click here or click the image above to read it.
Unexpected reviews on fairly well-visited sites are such nice surprises. Serena Yates gave First Flight a nice little writeup for Queer Magazine Online, while TigerLily of Booked Up Reviews gave First Flight four stars.
Something that makes sense at the time, but when you go to get a snack you open the fridge door and suddenly realize that it didn’t make that much sense after all. (Or it didn’t make sense, and then you realize that it did). I’d link to TV Tropes, but I’d like to go to bed within the hour…
Anyway. So, I’ve gotten some reviews for First Flight; some are great (Serena Yates!) and some are…less so. (Getting the plot that’s outlined in the blurb is apparently not enough for some people.) Some of the other reviews (they liked it, but…) have been nudging at me for the last few days, so I did something about it. I start with a tangent, but stick with it: I promise I have a point.
I like to draw. I’m not all that great at it, but I’ve amused myself and at least one other person – as well as having inspired someone (because, as they said, they could do better than my paltry doodles). This is not a bid for sympathy, but rather the set-up for my next statement, which is this:
If I have to label the parts of the drawing, then it’s a pretty crappy drawing.
I hold a similar attitude toward my own stories: if I have to write a paragraph or more explaining the story, then I’ve pretty much failed and need to start over. That said, what follows is more or less an explanation. It’s most definitely justification, as well, but I’m more comfortable with justifying things. (Friends and family know that they can count on me to justify nearly anything, heh.)
This is in response to a reviewer on Goodreads, who said that there are some big/important issues that are glossed over in First Flight; it’s also something of a response to another that said First Flight was “unrealistic”.
Nota bene: I am not writing this out of anger or a desire to make the reviewers see the errors of their ways – quite the opposite (it’s hard to argue for realism when one of the main characters is a guy who used to be a bird). I know there are some places where I basically painted some vaguely building-like objects on a piece of canvas and nailed it up over a hole in the background, then pointed off into the distance and said ‘Look! Something shiny!’ in hopes people wouldn’t notice.
Short version is: yeah, there are some holes, and here’s why I left ’em instead of trying to explain in-story. Cut for mild spoilers, just in case.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011: Chris and Jesse will go out into the wide world, and then… We’ll see what happens. I will have to forbid my family from purchasing it, since it has far more actual sex in than Tobias’s Own did, but that’s okay — I have a different version that I can send to them.
I just want people to like my silly little story about a boy, a bird, and the everyday magic of love.
And now I need to sleep instead of investigating why Firefox won’t open. *Grump* *Yaaaaaaawn*
The first volume of the Hot Summer Days project is out: Don’t Read In The Closet Volume One. It covers release days 1 to 19, and does include my story Gone To Pieces. (It’s highly explicit, involving D/s and a cyborg designed and purchased as nothing more than an incredibly complex sex toy.) The other important parts are that the whole thing is free, and there are three more volumes after this one. If you’re not a member of the Goodreads M/M Romance group, or if you know someone who wants to get their feet wet in the M/M end of the pool without spending much/any money, this is a great collection. It has stories of every kind (cowboys, sci-fi, sweet, funny) and every length; it has some great authors, both published and unpublished (until now).
I really enjoyed this project, and I’d love to do it again, both as an author and a reader. (I have to admit that I have a letter all ready to go for next time, if there is one. Heh.)
As for my latest release… I got the galley proof today! So now I have to check it over and figure out if there’s anything else that needs a last-second tweak before it goes off to the formatter/publisher. After that, it’s deciding on cover art (which I am looking forward to like…like you don’t even know) and then, then! It’s pre-release jitters and then the release. It’ll be out either in November or December, and as soon as I have a date, I’ll post it all over creation.
Got my suggested blurb for First Flight today. I’m still not sure how I like it, so I’m letting it simmer for a day or so. It doesn’t include the blurb I’ve been using, but as that one is short and rather lacking in details, I don’t mind. (Said blurb: A story about a boy, a bird, and the everyday magic of love. I love it, but…yeah. Vague.)
I should have the second round of edits sometime in the near future, after which is galley time, and then pre-release jitters. In the mean-time, in-between time, I’ve got other stuff to occupy my time. Like, say, poking the ending of Boots into something I like better and then sending it away to Mr. Plakcy.
Got the first round of edits back on First Flight. I downloaded them, but I haven’t opened the doc, yet — I’m waiting for my nerves to settle.
I’ve done this before, so I know it’s going to be fine. I’ve probably already fixed a fair amount of stuff that’s going to get flagged, too. (I may have even removed some of the ellipses that I didn’t get rid of the first time around, heh.)
Okay. Deep breaths and a pointy stick, to prod Small Mind back into its cave.