So good writing and writing-related things. Which makes me feel like I'm working, useful. Pushing the ball up the hill.
I got an interesting rejection yesterday. The editor was intrigued by my story and asked me to tell her what "message" I was trying to convey in the story. Which is impossible to answer. I know what I think the character is doing, how he feels during the story and at the story's end, but did I know these things before I wrote the story? I've always said no when asked this question. But now I'm not so sure.
Because I did have an "idea" for a while, perking in my head before I wrote the beginning of the story. Then I didn't work on the story for a long time. Then I "finished" the story. Then a couple years later I really finished and tweaked and polished the story. Writing a story is often a process that takes years.
So did I have a message? No. But did I have an idea and did I see a character doing things and saying things to his daughter and his wife? Absolutely.
I have workshop today and though I'm tired and groggy I'm glad about this. Maybe I will write later today. And do some reading. And most assuredly watch the boob tube.