Finished the first draft of "The Fishing Trip". I don't like the ending. I think it's the right ending (Daryn stays, he doesn't go), but I don't like the way I did it. Short summary is: too much tell, not enough show. Long summary is: when does he make this decision? How do you show that he's made this decision? What was the decision?
By the end, he was also a much more active character than in the beginning and that's something I need to bring into the entire story in the rewrite.
There's more work to be done on this one. But I do like the core of the story.
Jumble = 1:57 (What the concert pianist considered his piano)
Word Sleuth = 2:31 (- up or - down)
NEA Crossword = 3:58 (5-01-07)
NY Times Crossword = 6:22 (No. 0320)
Sudoku = 6:10 (Easy)
A pretty darned good day for puzzles. Just under 21 minutes for the whole batch and Sudoku was faster than NY Times. That's a solid Tuesday.
The Onion AV Crossword = 17:24 (April 24)
Crawled through this one.
Yet another Analog that I actually felt good about. Solid stories, and while nothing was top-notch, they didn't feel like they had (as much of) the flaws that I associate with an "Analog story". All were good, solid, old school science fiction.
My favorite was "Things That Aren't" by Michael A. Burstein and Robert Greenberger. It's about the creation (and use) of a device that can put someone into their perfect view of reality. Well-formed characters, some growth of character, a reasonable plot, and the science spurred but didn't dominate the story. Humor at times, and an appropriate ending.
I also liked "Crackers" by Jerry Oltion, which while more science-dominated did take an in-depth look at the main character (and stuck with just his viewpoint), and "As You Know, Bob" by John G. Hemry, a fun "meta-story" about how a story develops as a writer and editor haul it through several different sub-genres.
"Queen of Candesce" by Karl Schroeder (the serial) continues to be enjoyable and more about the main characters than about the world - I'm suspending overall judgement until it ends but right now it usually equals the favorites of the issue.