Wendell is about ready to be torn to bits again. It's about 4,800 words. Don't know exactly what genre... fantasy is close, but not quite it. Anywho, take a look at the first 13 (well, 13 1/2 since I didn't want to leave you with half a sentence) and let me know if you're interested in more.
I wish you wouldnât do that.
Genn smiled. âWhat, Wendell, open the door for you?â
Frankly, she was delighted that he was actually upset that she was opening doors for him, instead of the other way around. Chivalry wasnât quite dead. But it was silly to expect him to open doors for her--he didnât really exist, after all. When she said as much, though, he wasnât impressed.
Thatâs not the point. You could pretend, like you do with everything else. Itâs a gentlemanâs job to open the door for a lady, Genn, he answered.
She started to shrug, then changed her mind and merely said, "Welcome to the twentieth century, Your Highness."
You write really well. Like the idea too and it is introduced in a way that is both interesting and brief. The only issue I have with this is the second line, which feels a bit stilted. âGenn smiled. âWhat, Wendell, open the door for you?ââ Perhaps it just needs a slight rearrangement. â What? Open the door for you?â and put his name in later. I donât know thatâs only a suggestion. Also instead of saying âWhen she said as much, though, he wasnât impressed.â You could simply say âShe said as much, he wasnât impressedâ. But these are minor details and I am a minimalist. Also starting with Italics means that the first line is easily overlooked â if he is imaginary perhaps use American Typewriter as a font. It stands out and is still vaguely fictional. I know itâs traditional to use italics for imaginary etcs but I think itâs a good idea to explore other options. Thatâs me as the designer speaking. In brief this means I'd like to read more. Li
[This message has been edited by limo (edited April 02, 2005).]
As I recall from the first version, the italics are pretty necessary to distinguish Wendell's lines from Genn's nonitalicized internal monolog. It was well done in the first version.
just using a different font is problematic largely for technical reasons - I'm not sure it's an option here, for one thing, and would probably make editors hyperventilate. I think you're right aesthetically, limo, but this is just one of those things that is Just That Way.
ANYWAY I am curious to see what you have done with it - fresh eyes will probably be more useful to you than me taking another read, but if you don't mind, I'd like to see it.
I think italics work in this text's hardcopy (or cleancopy). They don't show to advantage on screen or in the forum boxes. It's fine (dramatic sigh) I'm over that issue now. But not to worry I've only been forumed for 4 days I'm sure I'll find something else to niggle about. Also great story - really enjoyable read. li Posts: 112 | Registered: Apr 2005
"You could pretend, like you do with everything else." That line gives me some trouble, because it seems like it should say, "You could pretend like I do..." because when it says "like you" it seems to sound like he's saying, "You could pretend that you open the door" which she does.
Maybe if the first thing he says is, "I wish you'd let me do that." that might work.