Woman, Monster, Mother almost appeared in another publication that Ms. Brozek edited, but ended up at TEoP instead. This doesn’t bother me one whit. 🙂
This is one of those stories where I think I should have a lot more to say about it than I do… but I don’t. In many ways, it’s a landmark story for me. My median story length tends to jump, then plateau, then jump again. This story marks the jump from 3k to 5k. I’d been watching a whole lot of Castle at the time, so that pacing influenced the story. I also layered in some “easter eggs”, mostly with names.
The other thing with this story marks the first time I really transliterated someone from the real world – my dog Taylor, who was written in just after he died – and the emotions from one traumatic event (his death) were totally scraped up and used to describe some of Angelica’s feelings. That felt a little strange to do, but I think it really makes some things work better.