Had a great day yesterday. I went over to ‘s, where we watched Ladyhawke and Legend, and seeing these movies again after so long raised several profound questions for me:
1. Why isn’t the world covered in glitter?
2. Why don’t I have a closet full of awesome, Darkness-seducing dresses?
3. Alternatively, why don’t I have a closet full of awesome, Navarre-inspired black leather armor?
4. Where do villains go for their voice-training, and is it a bad idea to hang out on the curb outside and trawl for dates?
5. Seriously, why isn’t the world covered in glitter?
I’d say it was these questions that kept me up at night, but they didn’t. I slept like a babe and had queer dreams about the illicit relationship between Alice and the Queen of Hearts (the trial was apparently a diversion so the court would suspect nothing. You don’t want to know what they were doing in that rose garden. Lemme just say, there was not much croquet going on, and a whole lotta ‘painting the roses red’).
I blame the movie line-up for that little jaunt through my complex of desires. Though… I think it’s a clear sign that the next story I need to work on is ‘And All the Rest of their Lives’ – which is a story about the childhood texts that inform our adult fetishes.
But first, to clean up the short story formerly known as ‘Monkeyskin’. I went to my first official crit meeting yesterday (also with the Swan), and Igot some excellent comments and critiques. Every point that people hit on was a point that I was already iffy about (and several of the flaws were due in large part to me backbending around trying to make the title work, even though the story had quickly meandered away from the title, hence the ‘formerly known as’).
I’m especially proud of how I’ve ‘leveled up’ when it comes to taking critique. I finished Monkeyskin recently, and it’s still got the sheen of a newborn, but hearing about my new baby’s flaws actually excited me to make it better, rather than crushing me. That’s such a huge step for me, to not be so completely ego-invested in my artistic products. To hear critique as possibility rather than failure.
Of course, it helped that almost everybody in the group liked the story overall.
But, yes. Work on Monkeyskin, then move on to Lives, edit Dragons in the evenings. That is the plan for the week.
I’ll have to find some other time to cover the world in glitter. This is probably why it never gets done.