FeralBoy2 (feralboy2) wrote,

Because Afterwards, They Close the Shades...

My oh my. This is fun. It really is. Despite being buried with work and not being able to devote ANY time to fiction over the last month or so, I've been corresponding with the editor of Corpse Blossoms. They're about to go to print with the trade edition of the book (the signed limited is now slated for early next year), and she requested I revise the ending slightly, to bring the voyeurism idea full circle.

Now, the fact that that final scene takes place in a house of mirrors did that for me, but I could see her point. It was subtle. And not as in your face as the other stuff. The last line -- "This one's for you." -- is more about the corollary theme of moral responsibility. So the tale doesn't end on a voyeuristic note.

But I'm happy you see, because we're working on this on a thematic level. I sent her a revised ending a few days ago, and she was really kind, but she didn't like it, and suggested a final sentence that, unfortunately, sucks. But she kinda knows it doesn't quite work, and asked me to come up with an alternate one over the next couple of days.

That's cool. But my problem is that last line has the sense of finality and closure and indignity that I wanted and worked so hard to achieve. Adding one more sentence will weaken the impact...

But the editor was incredibly complimentary about the story, and even said that she had to "endure" it a lot lately. Endure. I so love that. For a horror writer to hear that, from a horror editor, well, it doesn't get much better than that.

So I'm gonna do what I can to make us both happy. Later tonight. After the work for the day is done. Around midnight. Hmmm....
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