March 1st, 2007


Update on latest Liberty Hall flash

I've decided to use the Liberty Hall flash challenges are writing exercises. This past week I wrote "Unprepared" as attempt to improve my use of setting. Although I had more description of setting, I'm not really sure I succeeded. Perhaps it wasn't evocative enough. Or perhaps people only notice an unusual setting, as nobody commented on my setting. They mostly commented on my plot, which I had sort of left by the wayside in an attempt to focus on setting.

However, as I'm normally very plot-focussed, I couldn't help forming a plot as my mc travelled the forest. And I like my characters, who have quite different agendas and personalities. Orin is not nice at all. Although he doesn't even notice.

At some point I'll write this story properly.

The amusing part about this week's votes: one person actually voted my story for "Best Dialogue" even though I don't have any dialogue! Perhaps what that person imagined Orin and Jainellen said to eachother was better than anything I would have written.

I haven't decided yet if this Jainellen is the same as from nano2002. I started thinking it would be her living out one of her "in game" stories, but I found that I didn't have anything to say about that Jainellen in this setting. Which is odd, considering how that Jainellen is living in a house built into a tree. Something to ponder.

On Vox: Looking forward to the next book in the series

John Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades is a fun romp with a light dose of philosophy, but it's no Old Man's War. TGB is the sequel to OMW. But it's not the sequel I expected.

OMW focussed on John Perry and eventually included Jane Sagan as another central character. It started on a personal scope and then broadened to issues and the stars.

TGB had a fantastic opening about an inanimate object. But then the first people mentioned left me cold. And then the entire opening seemed almost irrelevant.

Once we got to Dirac's story, however, the book picked up pace and became the enjoyable romp I'm coming to expect. Once again, Jane Sagan plays an important role. I just wish there were more of her in this book.

The last few chapters hint at some upcoming events that I'd love to read about, so I think I'll end up reading the next book. I just hope we get to see what's happened to John Perry.

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