So yesterday Domey asked about what compliments your work receives that you don't want to hear. Today I'm going to go the other way. What are the things you've labored over in your work that make you proud, that you want someone to notice and tell you is exceedingly cool?
I'll start. I work hard to create symbolic frameworks in my novels, where for example an action is repeated by different characters in different contexts and has different meaning, or where a single image runs through the narrative and gathers meaning and weight along the way. I want someone to say, "Ooh, and the thing with the eels! That was cool!" I also sort of do this with dialogue: a single word or concept will be batted back and forth by two or more people like a tennis ball and each speaker will change the meaning of the word and imply all sorts of things. Hey, this is really just the shaping force of my narrative structure; what I do is take a story and tell it over and over and examine it for different meanings depending on how you tell it. There, the secret's out. Anyway, I want people to notice the subtle structural things I'm doing with patterns and repetition and then congratulate me on my near brilliance.
I also want people to tell me that the jokes make them laugh.
Also! Next week, I promise I will write more substantive posts! Honest! I'm revising on a deadline and very busy at work, so I haven't got a lot of brain left. On the upside, though, that makes me only a secondary target for roaming zombies. You are all in more danger than I am.