It’s weird for me to talk about Aaron’s story for July, partially because I’m stealing his posting day to do so, but more because I’m having trouble figuring out why I think it’s just sorta there. As I explained to him, the entire story seems sorta stuck in cruise control. The edits he made make the story stronger, in my opinion, but I still walk away feeling pretty indifferent about it all. And here’s the part that bugs me about it: I’m not sure why.
The characters are pretty rich – I especially enjoy the younger brother Martin. Jasper is probably the weakest character, but even he has some enjoyable quirks. The story is familiar – pulling the sword from the stone – but with a refreshing take. The ending is well done. Yet I still kinda feel that, in the 12-month journey Aaron’s book would take, this would be something of a filler. Not bad. Not great.
I suppose that’s to be expected. No one will have 12 winners. I consider myself a very good idea man and a decent writer, but I wasn’t foolish enough to think I’d have 12 award-winning short stories when all was said and done. If I had 3, I’d be happy. While I think I’m well on my way to hitting at least 3 good ones, I’d be kidding myself if I didn’t say I had a filler story or two in there. So be it.
We do not have a topic for next month yet, but hopefully by the end of today.
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