wanted to record for posterity that “the queen of lakes” is writ, and writ well. i think my finished short story count for this past year or so has now exceeded the last eight years put together. which is not that difficult, but still. this has been a really, really hard year and i need all the encouragement i can get.
plus, as the fabulous margo lanagan pointed out yesterday, it is very nice to get something done, to remind yourself that you can finish something, especially when you’re knee-deep in a monster project like i am.
the other nice thing about my little queen is that she is clocking in at 6005 words. i try very hard not to think about word counts because the story is the story, period, and it’s going to take however long it damn pleases to say itself and that’s that. but i was very hopeful as this one began to shape up. to have this plus a story that’s less than 4k (“littoral drift,” now cooling her heels at a pretty biggish mag that i am trying not to think about because the chance is so slim but WHAT IF ahhhh) really opens up a whole new area of the market.
there is one small bit of the setup that i’m not sure if i should rearrange or not, so once i get my congested head back in some semblance of order (i’m contemplating my third nap of the day) i will catch up on critiques and then see if anyone on the workshop trips over the placement. also i feel like there’s room for a little more detail . . . but again, i’d like to wait and see what confuses people first, before i start putting in more textures willy-nilly.