The Nebula Awards have put up the schedule for the meeting 29 – 31 May. Many of the sessions look good and I plan to attend a number of them. Zoom has been working well for a number of different meetings; it will be interesting to see how it goes for a very large one. I’ve been looking at the set up for the Book Depot and hope to be able to make my titles available. This is one area, though, that may not work as well as a physical meeting.
A few minor issues showed up on the QA of the audiobook. Those have been fixed and now it’s back to QA at Audible. Hopefully, not too much longer.
Back to last week’s comments about realistic (as opposed to two-dimensional) characters, I think the following are important: 1) they must have a back-story, how they got to be who they are; 2) they need to make both good and bad choices and, in the same way, they need good and bad characteristics; 3) their decisions and choices are not simply actions to move the plot forward. My final criterion is a personal one. I need to be able to picture an interaction with them and that could be anything from a conversation at Starbucks to an argument in a bar. I’m sure some of this is personal perspective. I’ve seen plenty of reviews comment on “cardboard characters” when I thought the characters were very good (or maybe it’s just me).