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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 17th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Don’t be crewel – My life as a vigilante crochet assassin

I would have never thought the juxtaposition of the details of crochet stitches would match so well with the perfect planning of the assassinations of various evil do-ers.
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Date:September 17th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
First sentence:
When the average person says she will spin you a yarn, you prepare yourself for a long and probably fanciful story; but Electra isn't the average person.

Last sentence:
I could hardly believe the devastation around me, but Electra calmly picked up the G hook from where it landed, straightened it out, wiped it off, and resumed her crochet as if nothing had ever happened.

Why this fiction:
There's too many knitting stories and not enough crochet stories.

The biggest problem:
Match up the back post triple crochet with the bank heist. I don't mind telling you, it took a long to work out the details of that particular caper.

Why it almost never got submitted:
Because my beta reviewers were pretty harsh, but I incorporated a number of their suggestions and it turned out great!

Hardest cut scene:
The psycho lesbian cat getting caught in the yarn. It was adorable, but isn't the whole kitten playing with yarn thing overdone. I was glad I was able to keep most of the psycho lesbian cat's appearances in, and the cat is still in the scene, just not entangled in the yarn.

Things you should know:
The psycho lesbian cat is modeled on a real cat.

All the crochet stitches are real and the resources at the end of the story provide more information on where to learn how to do it.

I have personally tried all the patterns Electra uses and, while I don't necessarily recommend the "crook catcher" be used as described, it does at least look its described. The crochet marbles really do trip people up, though, that's actually where the idea from this story came from.

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