My writing class workshopped the first three chapters of Casimir Hypogean and I’m a bit surprised by the response. It was generally liked, a few even liked it better than Space Bones (the short story I had them read last time they workshopped me). The criticism I got was fairly mild stuff compared to the huge problems I thought they might find and all generally really helpful for showing me how to tweak things.
But the important thing was that a class of about 12 people, in which only 2 others even have read spec fic, everyone liked the characters, liked the setting, and wanted to read more.
Plus between my two pieces now I think I’ve got at least one convert since people are now asking for book suggestions if they want to start reading science fiction. That right there is a huge win.
Of course, Universe, if you are listening, getting into Clarion (even though with my sudden hospital bills I probably can’t afford to go) and getting Space Bones published would be a big win too. You know. If you’re bored, Universe.
Back to working on Prince Called Courage. I’m about half done with the novella, I think.