After an edit I sent out a short, the one that INK looked at recently, to Lucky Labs. Now C.S. can, if she likes, pick apart my editing style.
I keep meaning to work on T.E.P. (aka the weird bird story) but it's a daunting project. I didn't mean for it to have parallel plots of equal weight that dovetail at the end into a (not quite there) uneasy ending. It's so much easier to edit on Masks or one of the other novels. That's telling to my level of (un)skill with short stories--I can dive into a novel and play for hours and the time seems to zip by, but when I approach a short story I feel like I'm handling a cactus and I don't have gloves on. The minutes crawl by. The only thing that's easy about editing a short story is that I can scan through the thing in just a few minutes and get a good sense of the overall pace. That's a handy thing to be able to do. I suppose it would be possible to do with a novel, skimming over the chapters almost as fast as a flip book, relying on intimate memory to get a sense of the overall feel. It's something that would require practice, I think, and it wouldn't take a trivial amount of time.
I've mailed my deposit for Dean Smith's Master's Class coming up this fall. Amazing how not that long ago it seemed that the class had been put off until the distant future, a future that now appears to be racing up on me. I've started reading the required books for the class. The first one is a pleasant surprise--definitely not one I would have picked up on my own. I'm glad Dean recommended that we start with ones we're least likely to read.
So that's the state of Kami's writing. I hope we'll meet this Friday on schedule. See some or none of you then!