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15 September 2009 @ 08:25 pm
short story meme  

Nabbed from anghara, who got it from swan_tower, a short story meme worthy of taking a stab at:

Here’s what you need to do:

Give me the title of a story I’ve never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got submitted to magazines, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I’d been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.

As per the others, I make no promises that these won’t turn into real stories. Also, I make no guarantees as to how many of these I’ll do. Five is a safe bet; more than that, maybe not, but heck, play along anyway.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
16:9 1.78:1 OAR: Ryusixteenbynine on September 15th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
The title is:

"Getting Drunk On My Own Blood"
16:9 1.78:1 OARsixteenbynine on September 15th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Crap, I forgot the other part.

.... The ending made me uneasy for days on end. One of those things where you have trouble looking people in the eye for a while.
Laura Anne Gilman: evil laughsuricattus on September 15th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
"Pigs in Wet"

I really loved how you managed to convey exactly how the golem felt, without actually giving it any dialogue or perceptible facial expressions..
Geek of Weird Shitgows on September 15th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
"The Story of Gemma Fade"

My favorite part was how much ass she kicked. *grin*
kit: catie_sexymizkit on September 15th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, come on, I wrote several Gemma Fade sentences the other day! :)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on September 15th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
*grin* Yeah, I know. I was hoping you'd write some more. Maybe we can trick you into writing this. :P
omegaromegar on September 15th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest that :)
FluffyPinkGerbilpinkgerbil on September 15th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
"Guilt is a doubble edged carrot"

That poor vampire couldnt stand to drink blood, she was a vegetarian before she got turned after all....

madkestrelmadkestrel on September 15th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Oops, did it wrong the first time! Sorry. Trying again!

The Chalcedony Clock.

I loved the way the magical sentient clockwork scarecrow ran roughshod over Atlanta, dropping gears through the roofs of the expensive houses in Buckhead. Clankety clank smash...
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on September 15th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
"What Happened to Sunday Night?"

I thought it particularly clever how the entire affair managed to completely disappear from conscious existence without actually involving amnesia. Also, Morrison in leather pants? Yum!
CrevanFoxcrevanfox on September 15th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
ha! yes, Morrison in leather pants.

I second this.
axisor on September 16th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
I think I'd like to see it in full length :)
roseaponiroseaponi on September 15th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Like Dogs Howl

I love how you told this from the perspective of an observant blind woman - and also what was really going on with the "dog."
sand_snake333sand_snake333 on September 15th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
"Revenge of the Mighty Morrison"
I loved this story because it had me laughing the whole time.
omegaromegar on September 15th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
seperate lives

it's hard to pick one thing I love about the story. We see everything from two different and opposed points of view, leaving it to us to decide who was less wrong, as the final scene just proves no one was right. Of course that's just how I view it!
madmiss on September 16th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
"Surrender of the species."

I can't quite pin point the exact part where I fell in love with this story. Whether it was the complete subversion of the genre paradigms, or just simply the sympathetic prose which allowed for a deeper connection between character and reader.
The stunning visuals of a corrupt ecosystem in synthesis with a race realizing their own mortality in the face of such a unorthodox invasion made this book absolutely unputdownable.
This story was simply a work of literary genius disguised as escapist fiction.
celestialgldfsh: Celestial Goldfishcelestialgldfsh on September 16th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
"Mongoose at Midnight"

It was sheer brilliance for Joanne to spirit-walk into a mongoose in order to tackle that evil king cobra. I'd forgotten all about Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. I cracked up when she was still shedding mongoose hair in the real world afterward. Look on Morrison's face? Priceless.
Dinidamedini on September 16th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Oh dear. I started with you taking Joanne to India, but stalled on a good title. This is it.

She is half Indian, after all... *GGL*
(Anonymous) on September 16th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
"Wild Huntress"
I particularly liked Jo's reaction to meeting the Elf Queen... who would have thought she could be so tactless...?!?! *snort* ;)
Dinidamedini on September 16th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Living History

I was fascinated by the insight into Joanne we get as she reluctantly returns to the reserve where her father grew up. I couldn't put the book down as she explores the land and learns about the history of her people in the area, especially when she is thrown back in time to address an ancient wrong.

The comedic effect of Morrison in pre-Columbian Native lands provides needed relief.
Harold Zablehzatz on September 16th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
"The Wounded Hart"

It feels a little odd, giving general feedback on a story to you. I try more to be a net.friend than a fanboy. But I will say this: reading that story made me really glad that I'm not part of the dating scene any more. (shudder)
axisor on September 16th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
This is Cool
The Blarney Stoned

I loved that you have Joanie meeting the Old Races... and on the streets of a backwater Montana town of all places. Joanie was such a cute little smart mouth kid.
UrsulaVursulav on September 16th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
"The Nun and the Rutabaga"

What I really enjoyed about this was that it COULD just have been another buddy-cop comedy, and you really managed to do something new and exciting with their relationship.
CrevanFoxcrevanfox on September 16th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Hulk vs Mickey Mouse

your satirical look into the Marvel takeover was also the funniest crack fic I've read in a long while. I liked the parts with the X-Men trying to break the 2 up and Mickey biting Cyclops.
CrevanFoxcrevanfox on September 16th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
sorry - had to post one more.

The Leansidhe Cries, the rest of Marie's story. She was one of my favourite characters, and her death really hit me hard. I liked the back story you gave her, and knowing that she had made her peace before the end really helped me past her death.
Janne: trek evilchucklejanne on September 16th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
"Rats live on no evil star"

In hindsight, I really should have seen that ending coming.
silkiemom on September 16th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Sorry I'm coming to this so late. I had to find the list of stories I wanted from you. :)

Mustang Bolts

Because everything is better with Petite!

Bear Claws

Coffee and pastry - I got so hungry reading your descriptions. Mmmmm.
kitmizkit on September 17th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
I love you, Silkie. ;)
silkiemom on September 17th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I love you too! And your little books too! :)