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Five Rules for Commuting to the Underworld

My short story is up at Strange Horizons. It contains most of the things I love about the Underworld that I couldn't fit into The Herbalist's Apprentice The Princess Curse the whatever book. And because I couldn't even use the word damn in the book, the short story drops the f-bomb a lot.

Does anyone else do this? Write strange little stories that drain away the dregs of the things you otherwise might not let go of in your books? I only ask because I've done it twice now, for this and the Jane Eyre book. I don't know that it happened with The Bitter Road, but I also confess I didn't really have a process for that book, more a bull-headed determination, and who knows, maybe some other story of mine arose from that (I don't think so). Of course, I've written 3/4ths of a novel I am alternately calling The Perfect Prince(ss) and just Prince(ss) (entirely working titles), and no short stories have arisen. But I haven't gotten into the taking-out stage.

Anyway.

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asakiyume
Aug. 24th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
if someone with more godhead than you reneges on the deal, you will have to take it to arbitration sometime later.

Loved that line, loved that whole paragraph. The whole story was most enjoyable!

And yes, I do that too.
merriehaskell
Aug. 24th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
I think you might be my secret perfect reader. You always find stuff to love that surprises and delights me. :)

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