Aaaaaaand that's it, folks! BB is done. I've still got a ton of stories to read, so that's cool, and comments to leave for stories that I read but didn't have time to respond to.
My story this year wasn't too bad. It was the finish of an idea I had years ago, something that I pretty much wrote to one scene, as we do sometimes. I'm really glad that I finally completed it. I liked the idea very much, but in all the years before this, it never really seemed to gel for me. I'm still not totally sure it works the way I wanted it too, plus it was really hard writing this particular story strictly from one POV because so much was going on and so much necessarily was left up to the reader to explain to themselves--not always a bad thing, I think, as long as there's enough information to make the story clear.
Another thing that helped the story enormously was me being lucky enough to be chosen by cassiopeia7
, an artist whose work I've admired (like crazy much! :D) for a long time. Every illustration she showed me inspired me to work harder on the story. No, really--I think it went from 20-some thousand to over 30 because of her, and I mean good words, lol!
Working with (and I hope always with) firesign10
makes the whole process easier for me. I trust her when she says something is good, and I'm on board with any changes like, 99% of the time. Me being me, sometimes I'm absolutely positive it's better the way *I* put it. No. It's not. ;D I'm not the best person to work with, and I know without a doubt she always pulls her punches with me because I am a
somewhat delicate flower. And I appreciate it!
So, no telling what the next year will bring, but I hope we'll be doing the BB again. I've got an idea....