The Dog Makes for a Better Beta Than my Mother

Sometime in March this year, I gave my mother the first draft of Lost Among Shadows because she asked for it and I figured, while biased, her feedback couldn’t hurt. She isn’t one to pull any punches and has a habit of telling me just how stupid she thinks I’m being. Just in case she wanted to get the backstory, I gave her the other two volumes, too. She promised, she’d read it by June, which was  when I wanted to start revision.

Just in case she wanted to get the backstory, I gave her the other two volumes, too. She promised, she’d read it by June, which was  when I wanted to start revision. No idea why I fell for that one because I’m pretty sure she doesn’t even remember where she put those printouts. Granted, she keeps bringing it up every few weeks a la “I still have to/want to read your stuff.” But I doubt she’ll ever get to it. No real point to it either since neither her Lost nor her WLW is the current version anymore.

Anyway, this reminded me of the one time I tried to run a story idea past her. I had a basic outline and a universe. Her suggestion wasn’t bad but, would have required a drastic change to the core of the story. So, I tried to work it into my existing idea and she got horribly offended that I didn’t just toss my idea for hers.  Yeah, never doing that again.  I took to bouncing ideas off the dog after that.

I took to bouncing ideas off the dog after that. Sometimes, he even stuck around long enough to listen to the whole thing…

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