I have a problem figuring out my audience for stories that I write. It makes a huge difference for me--and if I don't have an audience in mind, I tend to write stories for myself. Most of the time, this is a bad thing. Most people aren't fascinated by the same things I am, and most people like a little organization, a little plot.

"The Name of the Feather" is the first story that I've written for myself that looks like it might--just might--be readable. We'll see what Lee says later today.

If I didn't have him as a first reader, I don't know what I'd do. Disappear into my navel, I guess.