Mrs. Random: Well, you look perfectly idiotic in those clothes.
David Huxley: These aren't my clothes.
Mrs. Random: Well, where are your clothes?
David Huxley: I've lost my clothes!
Mrs. Random: But why are you wearing *these* clothes?
David Huxley: Because I just went gay all of a sudden!
David Huxley is, of course, played by Cary Grant, who is wearing a foofy woman's bathrobe/dressing down.
This classic movie moment comes from Bringing Up Baby, one of the daffiest movies of all time.
Mat Man likes to call me in the morning. Ugh.
I don't do this often but...
I must say, good editors are hard to find and therefore, I am very lucky. I finished off a new Wraeththu story last week and sent it off to several people. All of them have been helpful in letting me know the next step in working with the story.
Two of them returned back really detailed critiques relating to some of the central plot and style issues. They were NOT the old "Wow, this is cool" type critiques or not spelling & grammar critiques, but things where they were going at fundamental issues. In the case of this particular story, I really do want everythign worked out at a deeper level.
Additionally, I had another reader who engaged me in a long online chat about the story. One thing I learned from that is that I had obviously conveyed the main characters mental condition correctly, because the reader totally "got it" without being confused. And lastly, another reader, who I wasn't expecting any critique from, as I was just sharing for fun, gave me a thumbs up!
At this point I now feel like I know where to go with the story. And without some help, I might not have realized it and the story wouldn't end up as good. This is the same as with Breeding Dicontent -- without Storm beating up on us, Merc and I would have let a lot of sleeping dogs lie :)
Just when I was beginning to think I was being totally blown off, the paper just emailed saying they might have space (and inclination) to run my editorial sometime next week. I sent it in at least a week ago but hadn't got any response. I was a bit concerned, as usually when I send a letter or editorial to the paper, I get a call or email in a couple hours saying "Yes." The good thing is, the topic I wrote about -- Downtown Atlanta -- continues to be timely, as there were THREE big articles about Downtown today. An exciting time...