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original fiction: Tin Man [1/16]
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otrame From: otrame Date: March 16th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Oh, yes. This looks like fun.

As for not selling it, honestly, the publishing business is in the process of melting down and reforming into something else entirely. It's awfully hard to get them to look at anything that they don't already know will sell and as I understand it they have completely quit looking at anything unsolicited.

Frankly, I if I picked this up in a paperback, I would definitely keep reading. You are successfully drawing the world and filling in some of the details. The Robling is a a great character so far. Out of her depth, probably seriously so, but determined to keep at it. Yeah, I like it.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: March 17th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
...Dammit, why does everyone think he's a girl? {sigh} (Actually this may be a side-effect of having been deliberately trying to fuck with the coding for gender/race/class that people would be expecting, but still, as often as people mistake me for a guy...)

The problem with the publishing industry, and the entertainment industry in general, is that Capitalism tends to treat the non-material aspects of a work as externalities to the sausage-making parts of tallying up the box-office; they're obligated to stick with what the beancounters already know will get butts in the seats, which is why we're seeing this terminal drain-swirl of remakes and spinoffs of existing properties. Which I've been Cassandraing about for at least the last 15 years, WRT "...um, so if you're not going to train up the next generation then where are you going to be when the old guard starts dying off?" (to which the answer appears to be ...And Another Thing or "Transformers: Revenge of the Sequel"). At this point an entire generation of talent that might have been working its way up the midlist this last 10-20 years has quit in disgust to become bricklayers or started giving it away on the internet. But part of that's possibly just overpopulation in general, more and more people chasing after fewer and fewer viable economic slots...

...Um. {Is Bitter} Yeah, the actual start of the final Publishpocalypse last year was sort of what galvanized me to do this, figuring that if actual already-published writers like truepenny are getting the sack from their contracts then I may as well follow copperbadge's and catvalente's lead and at least get the stuff out there for the enjoyment of the rabble whilst the motherfucker burns down around us. Because in the end it's about telling stories, and if "five guys around a campfire" isn't a commercially viable audience, it's still worth doing on other levels, if anything in this world is. I mean, at least I'm not a bloody K street lobbyist, I can still look myself in the mirror at night... ;)
otrame From: otrame Date: March 17th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)

Sorry. Always an issue with POV characters if you are not in "this " world, with all of it's convenient gender markers.

Telling stories. They used to do it for food and a corner to sleep in. Maybe we should set up a "If you enjoyed this, send a small donation to my paypal account" system. You won't get rich, but at least you'll get something.

robling_t From: robling_t Date: March 17th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
(The thing that gets me is it's the third time, man... :) )

Yeah, I do have designs on sticking up a donation button, it just seemed a bit crass for chapter one. ;) I'm thinking that it shall magically appear on the sidebar at some point, with a gentle nudge at the end of the proceedings...
ljgeoff From: ljgeoff Date: June 7th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Finally getting around to reading this - more comments later, but I heartily agree with the donation button, like "Buy the author a sammich an' a beer."
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