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June 16th, 2008

09:49 pm
I've officially beaten the Faerie Show Fic...

into some semblance of what passes for "obedience" around here.

And now I have to decide if I want to swap the whole thing into first person.

*headdesks*

I'm a glutton for punishment, aren't I?

In other news, I just visited my local zoo's reciprocity list, and discovered that it now sucks like a Hoover. Instead of a nice alphabetical list you can consult at a glance, it's got a map of the US, and you have to click on each individual state to get to the zoos in that state...and there's still no linkage to those zoos.

You know, instead of making a TOY like that, they should have just gone through the list and given us links. Do the people who design these things ever actually use them? I'm sure someone had a blast coding the page, but it's not exactly user-friendly and it's now a pain in the ass.

ARGH.

ETA: I shot off an email to them about this. Because, really.

11:36 pm
Hm. Hm hm hm.

Faerie Show Fic, Mark III, has begun. I've swapped it into first person. And discovered something interesting along the way.

My protagonist shows faeries. This is her life, her hobby, what she enjoys doing most of all in the world.

And therefore, a lot of the stuff that she tells us about the Faerie Show Scene is in present tense. Because this is ongoing stuff. This is "how we do things."

And I'm hoping it doesn't look like random tense swaps in the middle of the story. Susan Conant does this to good effect (her protagonist, Holly Winter, shows dogs in much the same way Emily shows faeries), but I'm not sure I can get away with it.

I guess I'll put it away, go to bed, and look at it again in the morning. However, as it sits right now? I like it better in first person. It's tighter, somehow, and more personal. This is always a good thing.