I brought Act I of the story that I hope will make people dance for me.
Here's what the group had to say...
For the Win
- One reader was drawn to the main character. She "loved her voice."
- Another liked the description of the internet communications between the main character and the supporting character--an alien.
- A few readers liked the opening hook, which let them know what kind of story this was, and more importantly, what kind of story it wasn't.
- One commented on the "pop culture/sci-fi mix" I worked into the story. cf. the film Contact, except for the immediacy of the meeting between human and alien in my story.
- Everyone thought one aspect of the story--which I'll keep secret for now--was a really good device.
- Overall, the story was called "fun" and most of my descriptions "good."
- The main character had a bit of skepticism in her, which she should've shown during her first alien encounter...
- In particular, one piece of evidence I invented for the alien to convince the MC that he was an alien wasn't all that convincing (this is why I hate writing sci-fi ;)).
- One reader had a different opinion of the way I wrote the initial internet communication between the MC and the alien (emails and chats). He saw what I was trying to do stylistically, but wondered why I just didn't write the emails like emails, and the chats like straight up chats.
- My description of the alien, while generally clear--except for the alien's clothes--raised questions as to certain mechanics (especially regarding the aspect of it I need to keep secret right now :)).
- There were some beats missing in the last scene of Act I--readers questioned the way things escalated between the MC and the alien.
There's a first time for everything, huh? :)