Here’s the following scene:
Reading about flat characters in E.M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel, I have just been reminded of one of the things that routinely frustrates me in David Weber’s work. Weber likes trying to make characters who should essentially be flat, more or less caricatures intended to draw up conflict or drama or comedy (or maybe they should be comic but he refuses to use them in that way, making them painfully comic instead… more on that later). But instead of accepting that these characters should be flat, he tries to flesh them out. He tries to make them round, and make me care about them. Nine times out of ten, he fails.
Same deal as before. Very first draft material, following more or less from the previous posts. Enjoy!
Like last time, this is a first draft. I’m not sure I want to keep it, but I like where it ends up.
You’d be right to think that the date up there is not today’s date. But I don’t have a better way of defining what I’ll be sharing with you at the moment. Since I got home, I’ve been writing about 2000 words a day on my Miska project. What follows is part of what I wrote on, you guessed it, the 7th. It is first draft material, which means that I haven’t done more than look at it and think that it needs editing. Enjoy!