And another one bites the dust. Story, that is.
Replacements became, in the end, a very easy story to edit. For all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, getting it edited became a rather painless process. Once I made it through the first few chapters, the story fell into place, and getting all the ugly out of the way seemed to be easier than I’d imagined in the beginning.
Though I listed on my author’s page that the revised edit is complete, there is one chapter I still need to write. I’m going to do that, probably tonight, but I’m going to list that as something that goes with the final draft. The feeling I have for this chapter is that it’s not something that should have been written during the revised draft, but I’ve had the time to think about what I’ve wanted to say—and getting it written is something that should happen for the next step.
But I can write it now. And will. It’s going to be short and sweet, maybe fifteen hundred words, maybe more, but it should set up the notion that things are changing between Olivia and Martha, and the idea that they’re just a mistress and sub going through the motions is not correct.
The strangest thing about Replacements, something I started thinking about last night, is that I’m uncertain about the story’s category. Is it erotica? Somewhat, but there’s not a lot that could be considered hot, erotic sex. Yet, there’s something there.
Is it science fiction? Yes. We’re dealing with things that aren’t real today, so it’s science fiction. But probably not in the say a lot of my friends who read science fiction would imagine.
Is it romance? Again, the romance is there; you can feel it developing between Olivia and Martha, but it’s developing within the context of a mistress/submissive relationship, which some people would find as a bit unusual.
There is always the possibility that when I set this book up on Smashwords and Amazon, it’s going to have a multitude of references. It’s a science fiction erotica romance with a few murders thrown in for good measure—
Ah, yes: the murders. There are a couple there, and there doesn’t seem to be any sort of comeuppance for the murder. In fact, at the end of the story Olivia seems bothered by the fact that she’s killed a couple of people in the process of getting to where she’s at, but—eh, so what? Gotta break shit sometimes, you know?
While finishing the last chapter I wondered if people would be bothered by this feeling that Olivia exuded. Some might feel that she killed to move ahead, to find her own riches and love and peace, and that she should have suffered. Well, things do happen, and there is some truth behind the idea that sometimes people do get away with murder. A few times she even speaks of the fact that she’s probably not right, and she’s okay with that—even if other might not. Am I making a comment about how some people in business feel they can do anything they like, and not worry about the consequences?
I’m just writing about a woman who’s obsessed with another person. Anything you read into the story, that’s a good thing, because you should read what you want into the story.
Yeah, story telling: Iz gots it.