I was muttering to people earlier about this scene I had to write. Rather, this scene I wanted to skip, which is difficult to do legitimately when you're telling a story from a relatively tight 3rd person POV. I do have a second POV character, but I couldn't bow out of the scene by switching to him because he's asleep, and the only way to switch to him would be to jump several hours forward in time, and I really needed at least one more scene with the main POV character before I did that. (These books do not hop back and forth that much in time.) So whine whine whine because I feel like implying or announcing that a scene in which vital information is going to be passed on is about to happen, and then not letting the reader see that scene because it has information I don't want the reader to have yet, but that the character needs, is cheating. (It's not, really. I do feel that it's basically a convention of storytelling that one ought not cheat a reader out of information like that by dropping the relevant scene in order to have it come up later, but if it's a rule, great, ok, fine, I know about it and now I'm breaking it.)
I've now handled it to my satisfaction, but bitching about it reminded me of Mom being bemused at me getting in a futher over things like that. She reads a lot (mysteries, mostly, so none of the writers I know who are reading this need feel impunged), and consequently reads a lot of bad books, and she thinks I must be working a great deal harder than many of those authors, because I *do* worry about things like that.
Dithering between watching The Aviator, which is our !netflix movie, or De-Lovely, which soundtrack I've been listening to much of the day, this evening. It's a hard life. :)
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