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November 18, 2005
Posted at 12:50 am
Updated: November 18, 2005 - 10:18 pm

Coding stories

When I post the first chapter of a new story I often get mail from loyal readers who love to tell me what they think is going to happen in the rest of the story.

They're often correct.

Sometimes that's because I'm pretty predictable, and write the same kinds of stories a lot.

But at other times they talk about the codes, and about which characters they think will be involved with which codes.

Again, they're often correct.

But, as an author, sometimes I don't WANT you to be able to predict what's going to happen. I want to surprise you. I want to make you gasp and say things like "Oh my GOSH!" or maybe "Awwwwwwww".

So, sometimes I leave some of the codes out, so they don't give everything away.

Sometimes I get mail from people unhappy that those codes weren't there. I got one email from a guy who let me have it and said "If you'd have coded the story correctly I wouldn't have read it. I don't like pregnancy stories!" This was after story number sixty something or other. My first reaction to this guy was that if he hadn't figured out that I was into pregnacy by story number sixty-something, I really didn't need him as a reader.

I am posting a story titled "The Best Thousand Dollars I Ever Spent", which is a perfect example of my coding ... or non coding ... theory. Codes would ruin the suspense and surprise of this story. I even wrote the teaser in such a way that, though it is absolutely true, gives a completely false impression of what the story is about. Why? Because I think the surprise is a major part of the story.

So, in exchange for giving you what I hope is a well thought out plot, with good characters, I'm asking you to read it without knowing all the codes. What I can tell you is that, if you liked my other stories, the chances are pretty good you'll like this one too, even if it doesn't LOOK like the kind of story you usually want to read about.

And after it's all over, go back and read that teaser again. You'll see that, though it gives a completly false impression of what the story is about ... it's absolutely true. Isn't that ironic?

As always ... thanks for reading.