Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thermal Discouragement Questions

I now have Tsirash in my possession again. And although I would like a few more people to look at it, I read all of the comments that have been added so far. I'm both encouraged and disheartened by what I read. I do always appreciate the helpful feedback, and doing this has given me a lot to work with. On the flip-side, I do like 'Congratulations, I like this a lot.' Though... that's not what this was about. But hearing, 'I love it, but...' makes me a little sad.

It would be crazy if I wasn't, I guess. I mean, this is my baby. This is the fruit of nearly ten years of changing ideas, characters, storylines, and scenes.

I realize that there are a lot of things that are not answered in this story alone. But I chose the limited 3rd person and intended to glue myself to it. There are no extra perspectives, no given motivations by the bad-guy, no hand-holding through the times where he is left in the dark. The reader knows only what Octras knows, because the story follows him only.

I have never known a book to be quite like this one.

That said, there's still a few things to be done to make the story satisfy the questions it raises. I did not intend for there to be as many questions as there were. A few, certainly. But many? No. So this is why I'm discouraged. I'm at a loss for aiding the reader--and especially because some stated that they had questions, but didn't tell me what they were.

And Valerie, Jakob is nine.


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for that answer, and it was probably me that said I had questions but didn't tell you what they were. If you want me to clarify, I can. :)