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[Comments] (1) : Sumana went with coworkers to see Avenue Q. I'd been looking forward to seeing Avenue Q as well, because it looked like someone had finally done a musical that really explored the symbiotic relationship between Muppet and puppeteer. But much of my interest was crushed when Sumana revealed that the puppeteers are not characters in the musical! Any more than they are on brand-name Muppet shows. The only human characters are the ones who aren't operating Muppets.

The puppeteers are visible, they walk around the stage and they emote along with their Muppets, but in the fiction of the show they're supposed to not exist? Or they're supposed to be the insensate bodies of the Muppet characters? I dunno how it's supposed to work. How do Muppet operators see their Muppets? I always thought it was like the relationship between ventriloquist and dummy.

[Comments] (1) Rejection and Acceptance: I came home to discover two emails: "Mallory" got rejected by Futurismic and "Unit Testing a Book" got accepted by the O'Reilly Network. Not that I normally have trouble getting technical articles accepted, but it took away some of the sting of bitter, bitter rejection. With lots of helpful feedback and an invitation to resubmit after a rewrite. Silence, reasonable self!

If I may self-analyze, I think my biggest fiction failing is a pathological fear of writing infodumps. I relentlessly avoid explaining anything except in sidelong glances. The result is a pointillistic story that you can't understand without reading it multiple times. To make you want to read the story multiple times I cram it full of ideas. Which must be explained. In sidelong glances. My stories look like flip books. You have to work to see the plot.

Does anyone else have this problem? (Especially published writers whose work I can look at?) I'll let you know what strategies I can figure out against it.


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