Monthly Archives: September 2010

A quick one about language…

…from the Washington Post:

Goodbye, cruel words: English. It’s dead to me.

I worry about it sometimes, not being an English mother tongue. But then articles like this one come up, and I confess: I feel better 🙂 However, give me an Italian newspaper, and I will rant about the language in it just the same.

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Quotes: The Manual of Detection, and comments

Just finished reading “The Manual of Detection”, by Jedediah Berry.

Quote: “The diagram was a fairytale, written by a forgetful old man with wild white hair, and it whirled like a record on a phonograph.”

The story has a well thought-out, solid structure, the chapters’ of the book mirroring the chapters of the Manual in the book (yay metafiction), and a vivid juxtaposition of the circus as a metaphore of chaos and dreamland vs. order and ‘detection’, yin and yang needing each other for everyone’s safe living. Beautiful, imaginative dialogue and use of black umbrellas here and there. But it failed me completely on the characters:(  in as much as they are functional, I didn’t feel any symphaty or empathy, for any of them. They fit nicely in the plot they serve, they have motivation…but I wanted to fall for them, and didn’t, not even a little crush 😦

Absolutely a book to read, anyway.

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Link and word count

Another somewhat boring update with little fascinating content, but numbers. And although quantity quality does not make, yet without quantity there’s no refining, perfectioning, and yes, let’s say it, brutal editing 🙂

Apart from one day (yesterday), the ‘write first’ rule is still working beautifully. I can feel the tentacles of procrastination slipping into the nook and crannies, though. I will beat them away and drown them in coffee!

Finished one short story (letting it stew before editing).

Started a new one, 1200ish words of sci-fi erotica (don’t ask:)

Submitted a short story! See Panic Bouncing Commencing.

Back brain busy pondering a collaborative literary essay and more plotting of the Master story.I don’t think my plotting follows sensible plotting ways, but as long as it works at the end, all it’s good. Fingers crossed.

I have a couple of quotes from books I’m reading which I will post asap.

Oh, and this author-made  booktrailer to said author’s story caught my attention:

I think it’s fascinating, both the way in which the CC and copyrights disclaimers are almost as long as the trailer proper, and just the way in which the research for the book’s background is visually brought forward. I started thinking of what I could do visually in a similar way for my Master story* and the answer in my head made me see …a number of things.

*I just realised I keep calling it Master story, but it has nothing to do with BDSM, Master and Slave, or some such (not yet anyway!) It’s just my way to refer to it.

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How the brain hurts…

..but in such a good way.

Lots of ideas thundering for attention. Considering a submission.

Time flies. Wheter you’re having fun or not.  At some point I will get round to make more meaningful posts than wordcounts, I promise.

Wordcount on short story: 1.982. Almost there.

Wordcount on Master story: 1.619 (edited ferociously, saved bits for later).

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Totally uninteresting entry 🙂

Getting up early AND writing first thing, cup of coffee on one side: seems to be working.  Everything else, after.

Wordcount on short story (after editing): 1305

Wordcount on M story: 2341

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Back to Normal *fingers crossed*

I’m reading The Book of Lost Books, by Stuart Kelly. It’s totally delightful.

An interesting link from the website BookForum, a review of Lewis Hyde’s Common As Air, here. I haven’t read this book (or Hyde’s previous one, The Gift), but apparently there are interesting issues about copyright and creativity.

In other words, 621 new words today (short story, with title).  Thoughts developing more and more about the Master story, and some adjusting of ideas/plot. Recurring to mythology, after all, is allowed. I’d love to keep the scope of story sort of intimate, but it may not be possible.

Getting up early maybe really works?

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