Genre confusion

As a general rule, I don’t like talking about a work in progress.  Especially to non-writer friends.  But yesterday in an email conversation I threw a few bits of a story into the air.  That was a mistake.

“Ooh, steampunk,” my friend said.

“No, it’s not steampunk at all, actually.”

“Well sure it is.”

“No, really, it’s not.”

“What would you call it then?”

“I don’t call it anything, yet. It’s a story. In progress. It doesn’t have a genre. It’s a little extropian, maybe. But just because it has an $ANOMALOUS_OBJECT and an $OBSCURE_HISTORICAL_PERSON in it doesn’t make it steampunk. Just let me write the damn thing, okay?”

“Fine.”

“Good.”

“Just finish it soon, because I really like steampunk.”

Grrr.

posted 5/23/08 at 7:45am to Snark, Writing · 0 replies · »

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