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September 16th, 2009

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10:52 am - Stories I never wrote meme
Give me the title of a story I’ve never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you some or all of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got submitted to magazines, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I’d been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.

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Date:September 16th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Have another one:

"Duh, Or If You Need to Be Told That, You're Too Stupid to Live"

I particularly like how you were able to use people's real names since anyone who qualified for entry was either illiterate or incapable of recognizing themselves even when hit over the head with proof of identity.
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Date:September 16th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
First sentence:
Emma knew it was going to be a long day when the first thing Jim, the database "expert," said when he walked into the office was, "What's SQL?"

Last sentence:
"The problem with low expectations," Emma agreed, "is that you're so seldom disappointed."

Why this fiction:
Stress therapy mostly. There are some needs even soliefriends can't satisfy.

The biggest problem:
Selecting which anecdotes to incorporate and how fictionalized to make them. The thing with comedy is finding the line between laughing at the stupidity and cringing at it.

Why it almost never got submitted:
two words: legal liability.

Hardest cut scene:
The scene where Tom and Jim face off over code requirements was about 12 times longer in the original. And it's all brilliantly funny. But it didn't ultimately advance the plot, and was really just an exorcism of personal demons and it got cut down to essentials. Oh, but that was some great material. I might have to use it in a future soliefriends.

Things you should know:
I merged some of the best characters from several jobs together to create the perfect storm of a work environment.

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