Tolkien, artist

One Last Workday This Week...

What a week. With my poor DH down with diverticulitis and, after beginning to heal from that, coming down with the beginnings of the flu, it's been unbelievable stressful and I've had to work a six-day week. On the writing front, I finished and turned in a LOTR Community story, I'm almost finished with my SV story, and I did another drabble - this time to address the word "borrow". My first attempt was dismal and I pulled it the next day. My second attempt moved it's scope over to one of my more familiar playgrounds - Ost-in-Edhel and the admittance of Annatar into the Gwaith-i-Mirdain. This version I was pleased with and put it up for concrit. Changes suggested were looked at and, if I felt they were consistent with my inner view of the scene, were incorporated.

When an author, a student writing a paper for his fourth-grade class or a professional author with many books on the shelves bearing her name, constructs a scene, s/he develops a mental image of what is being written. In many cases the author lives the work, walks through the rooms, looks at the content on tables, and sees the layout of the buildings. Each author's vision is unique. Unless they are writing a purely factual text, everything is subject to interpretation. In a fictional work, everything is up for grabs.

I rarely spend so much time over a blog post, and I rarely delete as much as I have on this one to avoid casting stones. I live in as much of a glass house as anyone, and I'm personally a bit shy of stones. I gave a reasoned response to someone I considered a friend yesterday and received a thrown stone in return. *sigh* Maybe next week will be better.
Man, you have had a tough week!!

I'm so sorry you had someone lash back at a piece of concrit. That can be really hard, especially if they asked for your help and honesty. You may want to reconsider beta'ing for that person again; and if asked, let them know why.

Oh, they didn't lash out at my crit, they concritted a piece of my own, but rather than criticizing the story, they criticized the format. So instead of telling me what worked and what didn't about the story, they criticized the fact that I made the story a drabble.

It's a matter of priorities. They aren't wrong, per se. I wrote a drabble that happened to be this story. They read a story that happened to be a drabble. Drabble #1 in my priorities, story #2. They felt that should be switched. It's OK, just not what I really needed/wanted crit on.

Next week will be better (I hope).

- Erulisse (one L)
Thanks for the hugs, sweetie.

I wrote a couple of novels before daring to write drabbles. I love reading drabbles and the sensation of pure joy a good one brings.