a missive from the salt mines

Why won’t this short story just die?

I’m itching to do things like get back to the fight-scene blogging, but I can’t let myself do that until this damn thing is finished. Which will happen tonight, come hell, high water, or the lure of sweet sweet procrastination . . . but god, it’s taking forever.

0 Responses to “a missive from the salt mines”

  1. marycatelli

    Hmm. When I hit that, I usually try to take what I just did and have it go the opposite way — but that’s usually earlier in the story. I’ve never tried it for the ending.

    • Marie Brennan

      I’m sort of in the middle, but the problem isn’t the plot; it’s juggling a whole lot of details that aren’t familiar to me. Thank god for the internet, sez I.

  2. jehane_writes

    …you need a research beta?

    What I’ve seen done (albeit with varying degrees of success) is make placeholding “____”s for unfamiliar details while you are in full flow, and go back and Google up the blanks later? Might or might not work for you, though.

    Best of luck…

    • Marie Brennan

      Not feasible in this case; it’s a question of keeping the environment in mind, and the characters, and the theme I’m trying to explore, and steer it all toward the Thrilling! Climax! But I have a draft now, thank god, and I’ll see what it looks like in the morning.

  3. la_marquise_de_

    I hate stories like that. Good luck wrestling it into submission.

  4. desperance

    I have one of those. Which is also going to die tonight. Within the next hour, indeed. ‘Scuse me. *sharpens blade and looks dour*

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