Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Odds and ends

What a lousy weekend. Don Knotts, Darren McGavin and Octavia Butler died. They were all good at their respective crafts and each was important to me in some way. Unfortunately, I've not read much Butler, although I have at least two of her books on my shelves. I guess it's about time I corrected that oversight. (And if you're interested in Butler, be sure to check out the Bat Segundo Show interview.)

In my writing life, I've actually gotten a little bit done. I've pieced together all the parts of my current short story. It doesn't add up to a first draft. There are holes in the narrative, there are parts that I wrote at least three times and there are plenty of parts that just don't work. The worst thing is that the ending is not earned, either for the character interaction or the supernatural aspect. I need to add foreshadowing and character work. So writing and revisions continue.

This may be the most true truest post on writing ever.

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That Girl Who Writes Stuff said...

Actually, It is the truest post on writing ever.

I had six scientists, a monkey, four philosophers and my mailman verify it.

Truest post on writing ever.

(Like ever, if you ask the Valley Girl next door.)

Brian said...

Yeah, I know. Joe Clifford Faust clued me into it at his blog. I'm a bad copy editor, bad.

writerfella said...

My Gosh! Estelle passed away? Octavia Estelle Butler and I are fellow Clarionites, from the 1972 & 1973 Univ/Wash era. She was the nicest, gentlest, most soft-spoken woman I ever had met to that time. What could have happened? I shall endeavor to find out. Her SF stories about Black characters were superb, the novels as well. She loved my story where only the Native Americans will survive a worldwide flu pandemic, "Fifth And Last Horseman," telling me that the first draft needed no changes at all. And if I changed anything, she would break both my arms!
Damn, damn, damn...
All Best