poll results

I’m sort of fascinated by seeing how people have voted in the short story poll. (Which is still open, so if you want to go register your opinion, feel free!) I mean, ultimately I’m going to write whichever one(s) say “oooh oooh write me write me,” but it’s enlightening to see where other people’s interest goes.

Dead last is “A River Flowing Nowhere,” which surprises me because it’s a Driftwood story, and historically those have been something people really want me to write more of. Of course, all I said about it at the time was that it is a Driftwood story, so maybe it would have done better had I said something about the premise?

Next lowest is “An Enquiry into the Causes.” I’m tempted to make a new poll saying “Do you know what the Bow Street Runners were? Y/N” — because if you don’t know, then, well, there’s not much reason to vote for that one, apart from “it’s an Onyx Court story.”

Then we have a bunch in the middle, and then after that, two runaway favorites: “To Rise No More” and the punk Tam Lin. The former, I imagine, gets votes because a) I have a sizable part of it written already, b) I’ve been talking about it recently, and c) who doesn’t love Ada Lovelace? The latter . . . you all just want to watch the spectacle of me trying to write anything punk, don’t you. πŸ˜›

We’ll see what happens. Odds are that “To Rise No More” will be first, because it’s the closest to being done and also the freshest. After that, who knows. My brain keeps trying to say “The Unquiet Grave,” but until I figure out what the hell I’m doing with it (a straight-up narrative treatment of the song lyrics would be boring), it’s kind of hard to make it go anywhere.

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0 Responses to “poll results”

  1. eve_prime

    I don’t know a melody for “The Unquiet Grave,” but as a poem it’s one I memorized as a teenager and still know (and sometimes recite on the occasional Halloween when I’m going around as Cecil Featherstone, Professor of Morbid Poetry). But yeah, it wouldn’t make much of a story as is.

    • Marie Brennan

      Once upon a time, I would have written it straight-out. But I’m a better short story writer now, or at least I hope so. πŸ™‚

  2. misslynx

    Me too. I’ve always been fond of that tale…

  3. Marie Brennan

    That too. But I am also going to faceplant on punk. πŸ™‚

  4. Anonymous

    I haven’t read that, no — but it sounds like the sort of thing I would enjoy. Thanks! (And welcome to the blog.)

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