Today was our first day with Holly Black and Kelly Link. They're both very insightful and thorough teachers. Also, very funny. My story was critiqued today, and I must say - it got quite the ass-reaming. Although, it deserved it - no one was incorrect in their opinion of what didn't work. The problem is, I'm too emotionally close to really agree, if you know what I mean. I'm going to have to set this one aside for a long time, and pick it up again when my ego isn't so wrapped up with the writing.
Tomorrow I'll type up and post the notes I wrote this evening, during an informal workshop lead by Holly and Kelly. They discussed a method for taking a "broken" story (or a story in progress) and brainstorming new ideas before actually staring the rewrite. I took my hideously deformed submission story "Jetsam" and came up with a few new ideas that might help salvage it. I'll also have my one-on-one with Kelly - next week will be with Holly. I'm going to ask her to have her apartment sprayed for kinder-Berman before I visit. Clarion seems to be infested with them.