Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The fruits of Team Kilt's labor

You GUYS! How did you pull that off? Zachary came back from 80 votes down to win Team Smackdown by over 100 votes. It took a day and a half to make up the gap, but you never gave up. With each person getting only one vote, every vote truly counted. I cannot thank you (and especially his advocate Saleana from Fictional Distraction) enough for your dogged support and your positive spirit.

Well, maybe I can. I promised to write the river scene from Shift from Zachary's point-of-view. After he won, I contemplated how I would attack it. (Actually, after he won, I finally got a good night's sleep, then finished the novella version of "Let It Bleed," which today I'll send to Those Who Edit.)

I wanted to do something other than the usual hot-scene-from-guy's-POV. It's been done a lot, and very well, by other authors. Did I want to make it realistic or impressionistic? Funny or serious? Past tense or present? First person or third? Hey, what about free verse, like Logan's story "Bridge"? Or haiku? Perhaps a collage! Interpretive dance!

Finally, in the middle of the night, frustrated and anxious, "Zachary" tweeted this:

Not quite the subtlety I was hoping for.

My goal was to keep it YA-level sensuality, but most of all to keep it real, keep it Zach. I wracked my brain thinking how he would share this moment with the world, until finally I realized...he wouldn't. He's too private, too protective of himself and especially of Aura.

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