I had a critique session this morning on a partial story I submitted. Pain has never felt so good. I was able to elicit a fairly strong emotional reaction to my story–if one considers uniform massive confusion an emotion. There were some great suggestions. A few of the guys pointed out that my action/fight scenes were rubbish (Not in such words of course; they are always graciously kind). I agree completely.
Overall, I knew this piece had problems, but it was great to have some feedback and direction. It’s now almost the end of my third week at Odyssey, and I still feel absolutely blessed and awed to be working with a group of such talented, dedicated and insightful people. And Jeanne. Jeanne is an amazing fountain of knowledge. Although she much prefers the title of Overlord.
Yesterday, we went to Portsmouth to see Neil Gaiman, but we also got to explore downtown Portsmouth. It was a charming town. The people were all very friendly. One very nice woman gave me a free ticket to see Neil Gaiman.
Our Adventure began at the beach. It was rainy but we didn’t care.
Some places to Note:
The Portsmouth Brewery. Fantastic selection of beers and their mussels are TO DIE FOR. I had a glass of Mottley Crew’s Old Ale and the Ale House mussels which are perfectly cooked fresh mussels in a blond ale sauce with garlic, oregano and something else. Drool. Tanith tried the spicy curry mussels, which I thought was a weird combination, but it turned out to be delicious.
Afterwards, the coffee shop to enjoy caffeine and lovely downtown Portsmouth.
Must get back to work now. I have a flash fiction piece to write for Saturday and three critiques to type up.