First, let me say that my husband is a saint when it comes to listening to my stories. I read him almost every draft. If I try to speed through the parts he’s heard before, he says, “Slow down.”
Shouldn’t there be a medal for that?
I’ve never seen him so excited about a story as the one I just finished, and that’s the problem, because almost everyone on Zoe thought it was confusing.
Okay, it’s in second person, present tense, and mostly told in flashbacks. Yep: confusing.
Actually I think it’s one of those stories people love or hate. Ivan says, “Send it out now.” Zin says, “I love this piece! I love it! I do not quite follow it all the way through, but…”
So, here’s the reason my husband likes it–let me explain that he teaches literature, and thus knows something about prose, because this is going to sound goofy–he likes it because it gives him the same eery/lost feeling as one of his favorite Twilight Zone episodes. Last night, when I read him the “improved,” more linear version, he was very disappointed.
So what’s a writer to do? I changed it back and sent it out, hoping there are more Twilight Zone fans out there, on editorial staffs. Or maybe a Zin or an Ivan.
Happy Anniversary, Brucito!