My Neurosis: Let Me Show You It

Posted on 03/04/2012 by


People seem to like Wizards better than Path. What’s with that?

I’m trying to decide whether I should be offended on behalf of my first-born, or excited that my skills are improving. Is it just that it’s new and shiny? That there are more explosions?* Maybe I should just write it off as the people in question being more fond of science fiction than fantasy, or preferring things that are aimed closer to their own demographic.

Path is also, strangely, both lighter and darker, whereas Wizards currently occupies a more grungy middle ground whose manic energy is a lot closer to my own sleep deprived internal monologue. Does this mean I’m channelling my own voice better? Or is it just a result of writing a world that is closer to the one we live in than Path’s pseudo-Renaissance fantasy?

Or is it because they read Path last year and Wizards in the last few weeks? Or that Wizards is unfinished, so I left them on the edge of their seats…

Or it could be that I’m reading way too much into their comments. Could be that.

Paul S: I was encouraging. Maybe enabling.
Me: I was at pouting and you were all, would you like a straight razor?

Either way, I’m pretty sure this is in not a productive line of thought.


* Joss Whedon once said, in the commentary of the Buffy season two episode ‘Innocence’  that he thinks in the end good storytelling all comes down to two things: emotional resonance and rocket launchers. Path doesn’t have any rocket launchers. Neither does Wizards, actually, but you’d be forgiven for making the mistake.

Image of Nick Fury holding a rocket launcher with the caption, 'Party of Five, a brilliant show, and often made me cry uncontrollably, suffered ultimately from a lack of rocket launchers.'