So yesterday I spent a good chunk of the morning working on a new Concerning Littleton short story, called Gear Shift.  (I'm about 75% done with it, hoping to actually finish it today.)  I was sharing it with some test readers of mine, showing them chunks of it as I wrote, getting their responses, and editing-on-the-fly.  

I love doing that.  It's like taking a short vacation with a friend to a world to the world of my writing.  

So my friend Marie Furie was reading the latest section, and the two main characters Adam and Christina, get into a discussion about her new safe word.  We had a little discussion about what I thought would turn out to be a pretty powerful scene, if you've already read Concerning Littleton.

Here's how the conversation went.

Marie: "What is the word.  I need to know."

Me: ****REDACTED****


Marie: "Hmmm."

Me: "Think about Concerning Littleton."

Marie: "Oh god. Noooooooooooo. Noooooooooooooooooooooooo. OMG."

Me: "Heh. Yeah. I won't ever publicly say so, though." 

I want the reader to be able to figure it out from context and clues, and have a reaction.  I think that's the reaction I'm pretty much going for.

AuthorMako Allen
Categories365 Gratitude