…Award noms, that is.
If I’ve done my job, then those stories are already sticking in your mind. But maybe you still need a refresher. It’s always interesting to me to see who likes what: Cory blogged “?oyfriend,” while Dave tells me he’s partial to OTB. Peter dared me to write “The Chair,” and he also whipped the story into shape when I was finished. All three are love stories in a way, and they range from near to far future. I had fun with each of them, although the process was a little different: OTB shifted concept a bunch of times since its inception, while “The Chair” was completed in a single night. I wrote “?oyfriend” after discussing it with Mark Tovey at WorldChanging Canada. (Mark is a great editor, who let me natter on about several different ideas before helping me decide on one.)
I’ve been thinking a lot about process lately. I’ve noticed a lot of timesucks and inefficiencies in my working habits, but at the same time I’m uncertain how to fix them. It feels like I’m writing less, but that the stories I do write are better the first time around. (I hope they are, at any rate.) If I were to discover anything about my process in 2010, I hope it’s how to do this right the first time, and do it more consistently.
* I’ve gotten an email telling me that this story isn’t technically eligible, because it was originally published in 2008. The podcast happened this year, though, and I don’t know how that counts. If you can in any way nominate Tina Connolly’s reading of this story, go for it! She totally rocked it.