May 4th, 2005

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Collaborations

In the Angel meme, we got talking about doing a "virtual spin-off," and I pointed out that I would definitely not want to do it alone, and that set me thinking about all the collaborations I've worked on, from early high school on. It's gone from the incredibly great to the... well, there is no word. Let's just say that for awhile after I finished my undergraduate education, the thought of working with other writers without absolutely strict and unbreakable chains of authority filled me with dread and terror.

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Wise reader comment

I talked about Wise Readers as opposed to betas a couple of days ago, and right around the same time, while discussing things over at SQ, Grace has Victory gave me a really neat example of a Wise Reader comment. I didn't realize it right away, because it's the sort of thing that takes a day or so to settle in, but what she said about Shifts was:

It's really a story about adapting to change and changes in relationships.

Okay, I can hear my long-term readers saying, "Um... this was news to you? You wrote this for months!"
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So, what's Harry Potter about, anyway?

Chapter 32 of Shifts ("Charms") just went up at SQ.

Okay, more from the Card books. In both How to Write SF/Fantasy and Characters and Viewpoint, he talks about the so-called "MICE quotient," dealing with where the focus of a story is and what kind of implicit contract it has with reader expectations. It made me curious, because how we perceive the HP books may have a lot to do with how we're speculating about the ending--the type of story determines what sort of ending we find satisfying. I think Harry could fit all four, from various points of view, and I'm curious as to what other people think.

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