Sometime in the early nineties, when I discovered Star Trek conventions, I led a group of fans from the University of Wyoming down to Denver for what is still one of the best cons anywhere, Starfest. One of the highlights in those days was the fan-produced spoofs and videos. One that sticks out in my memory is Right Said Fred’s I’m Too Sexy with a montage of SmexyKirk being…smexy. Seeing that video in a room full of Star Trek fans, all seeing it for the first time, all laughing uproariously in unison, is an experience I will never forget.
I tried to find that montage or one like it on YouTube, but it looks like Right Said Fred was not happy about his song being used for the funnies. Several YouTube videos had their soundtracks removed.
These days, a dozen such memes go through my newsfeed every day, if not every hour. It is a completely different experience. I’m not sitting in a room with hundreds of like-minded people all experiencing the clip for the same time; I’m sitting all by myself sharing it with thousands of friends all around the world.
The experiences are different. Not better or worse… just different.
In writing Science Fiction, I try to figure out what different experiences human beings will find themselves in, and I explore how they might act and react. I can’t know. I can’t be right or wrong. All I can do is imagine.
I got a rejection. I immediately sent another query to my number two choice and dove into a new WIP. I’m attempting to pants this one…getting out the entire story in as short a time as possible. I’m also critiquing a friend’s first novel. Busy busy busy.
So, I have to ask… pantser or plotter or hybrid?