Instead of responding to reviews on the review board or in Author's Notes, I will now respond to any questions in this forum, so everybody can see the answer but it doesn't slow down the story.10/23/2006 #1
COMMENT FROM POST TWENTY-TWO - I've been keeping up with this story, but... I don't know. It seems to have stalled. It feels kind of stuck to me, and I don't really like it anymore. The first chapters were great, but then it started getting kind of bad. It's just not interesting and I don't feel eager to find out what happens next. I'm sorry to say it, but that's the truth as I feel it.
AUTHOR RSPONSE - *smiles pensively* You know, I’ve never had a flat-out negative review before. It’s interesting getting one because it makes you think. ;-) I do have to thank you for giving my story a shot and sticking with it this far to be sure about your final verdict. Like I mentioned before, you can't write to please everybody since everybody’s tastes are different. This story’s leisurely pace and strong emphasis on character arcs instead of action is something a reader either embraces or hates completely, with no gray area in between. I appreciated all reviews from you, including this one,and understand why that was your last one … it wasn’t your kind of story. There are a lot of great stories out there, of all kinds of different styles, and I know some of them will be your kind of story and you will get enjoyment out of them :-) Thanks for reading what you did.
QUESTION FROM POST TWENTY-FIVE - So, any reason why all your stories are set in the future? This one is and Almost Home is, any particular reason why?
AUTHOR RESPONSE - Yes, there is a reason. I set most of my stories in the future so my stories will be close to current if they ever get published. I have been known to throw a story even further into the future if I reach the time the story is set in. Would you believe that I started writing the primitive version of the first couple chapters of this story in 1997, when I was about 14? That’s why the Fourth of July falls on a Friday in the story. Once I hit 1998, I realized it would be years before I published my story and I didn’t want it to be set so far in the past. I made it 2003, but then that passed too, so now it’s 2008.
To be honest, if I don’t finish it by 2008, it will probably be set in 2014. I will just have to go back and change the different technology devices they use. If I had kept it in 1997, I would probably just keep thinking about the fact that it would mean Candy and Amanda were born in 1981 and 1982 respectively, making them almost 26 and 25. I would rather think of them as almost 15 and 14 right now and the story is about stuff that will happen in their near futures.
With Almost Home, it’s a similar reason. I had gotten all the way to Patrick’s chapter, where Kim is talking about that day, a Wednesday, is the last day of the month of August and that was why they had to do an emergency fire drill. When I revised the story to add more detail, including everybody’s birthdays, I realized I had to find a year that had the last day of August on a Wednesday. That meant 1994, 2005, or 2011. After a very brief moment of consideration, where I debated putting the story in the past, I decided 1994 was too long ago. I couldn’t get comfortable with the idea that it would put all the teens’ birth-years in 1977-1980. Tommy’s birth-year would have been 1956. That would make him about 50, whoa! Since the year was 2005 when I thought of all this, I decided to just do what I felt most comfortable with and went with the only year of the three that was in the future. If I still don’t have it finished by 2011 (hopefully I will) then I just may push it to 2016.
Hope this clears things up. And yes, have stories set in the past; some a few decades ago and some in previous centuries even. But then, I also have stories set centuries in the future too. I write near future the most, but distant future as well as near and distant past do show up too, just not in the stuff I’ve posted recently.
Thanks for Reading,
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