Thank You Palladian

8 years ago | ubersoft (Member)

I just saw the review of Curveball, and it was a cool extra thing to see on Christmas.

I thought your comment on the sausagefestness of the story so far was a pretty good observation. OK, you didn't specifically call it that--that's my translation--but the observation is more than fair. I haven't really been putting a lot of thought into that -- in the worldbuilding stuff I've done the percentages are a bit better, but none of that counts when you don't actually show it -- and now I find myself in a rather frustrating and exciting spot.

Frustrating because it's always annoying to learn you've missed the mark somewhere, especially when you want a world that has a fairly coherent feel to it, and for 14 issues I've been trying to show pieces of a world that would make someone say "I can't see the whole picture, but I can see how those pieces all belong to it" -- and this is, damn it all, a pretty big flaw in that picture. *Exciting,* though, because in order to keep that coherency *and* fix the problem I need to, at some level, treat the 14 issue xy prevalence as a Thing, but in a way that a) doesn't excuse it as being a Thing and b) makes it possible for me to smoothly transition over to A Different, Better Thing going forward. It would be amazingly cool if I could actually pull that off, and thinking about it today gave me the glimmerings of an idea that will require that I rewrite and possibly delay Issue 15 because there is a scene in it that would be *perfect* for starting that transition.

So, you know, curse you for pointing out my flaws :D but on the other hand your review gave me an idea that I'm pretty excited about trying to work through that I *think* -- assuming I pull it off -- will be a pretty neat.

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  1. Palladian (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    You're most welcome! One thing I want to thank you for in return is that you took the review in the spirit that it was meant. When I originally took on reviewing as a regular thing here, I knew the part of it that would be toughest for me was giving criticism, because I know it can be hurtful sometimes, regardless of how kindly you try to put your comments. So I'm always quite relieved when I've not only pointed out something someone found helpful, but also that people aren't (completely) mad at me for doing so.

    I have to say, I'm pretty excited myself to see what you do in the next issue. As I mentioned, this is not just something I noted with Curveball, I've had this same issue with a number of other superhero stories (both the heavy on pictures and the written type) where I eventually stopped reading because I could no longer suspend my disbelief; the mental gymnastics required just became too great.

    At any rate, I'm glad to hear that what I wrote was helpful to you, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do next!
    Super: Sci-fi/Suspense/Adventure, with Superheroes


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