Food: Tell me, what is the secret to slicing English muffins (crumpets) down the middle in such a way that you don't wind up with a thin sliver of muffin and a thick slab of one, both veering off at an angle? I never seem to be able to cut my English muffins into neat, flat, even halves.
But boy, do they taste good, drenched in butter and maple syrup! (g)
Mel: My friend Mel Mason is working on a novel. In it, she is combining four storylines--which I didn't think would work, but it does. You all should keep an eye out for her. I think she will have novels in bookstores, someday.
Crits: I joined the Critters writing critique website a few days ago. I just finished reading a story in which the character was very likable, realized the moral problems of the situations he was in--and then chose not to act.
I feel very weird about that and am not sure what to say in my critique. I feel mournful and kind of let-down. I suspect that the author was trying to be original, to do something different from the usual story in which the hero succeeds. I understand this, and yet I still feel let-down. I wanted the hero to succeed.
But how justified is my let-down feeling? Do I as the reader have the right to expect an author to write her story to my preferences? I don't think so.
On the other hand, I have also seen editors and agents write that authors should meet the reader's expectations in a story. If those expectations are not met, the reader is left unsatisfied and is not likely to read from you again.
But I would read this author's works again. The story wasn't bad; I just didn't like the ending--at all. I can't say that I felt cheated, exactly, but isn't that essentially what feeling 'let-down' is?
I'll be mulling this over for a while.