I finished my submission for the Carnival issue of Emerald Tales - well, at least the rough draft. Caitie gave me her approval, which is a good sign. I like the story a lot - I do think it let me try something I've never done before in terms of story structure. I've found that for me the way I tell the story is just as, if not more important, than the story itself.
I'm also intrigued by the fact that the story ended in a different way from how I planned it. I had the whole idea in my head and knew where the story was going. As it turned out, I didn't like one of my main characters. I even said to Caitie as I was writing it that I couldn't stand one of the characters. She thought that was kind of funny. The way I had originally planned it, I didn't like him right through to the end. Instead, I gave him a kind of reprieve. I'm not sure I'm totally satisfied with that at this point - I may try writing it the way I originally planned, though I do realize that would make the story a bit longer. I guess in the end that's one of the things I love about writing - the story gets to be what I want it to be. If I don't like the way it's going, I can change it. Life doesn't always work that way, so it's nice to have control like that at least in some small way!