it's just a loose connection

Posted on Posted in journal, pre-crash, writing life

Six months later, I can't tell what I wrote on a good or bad day. What seems to be true is the juices are always there. We lose our connection to them.

Michael Cunningham

That would be the quote which met me when I logged in to the site. Synchronicity is a very strange thing, and we are extremely good at recognising patterns and clues… And there's a common saying about looking a gift horse in the mouth. (And a rather less common one along the lines of examining things too deeply. Unless you're me, in which case it's quite commonly levelled at you. Er, me. Right.)

I'm beginning to think I can't revise the first novel and write the second novel at the same time. (Any who feel like piping up with I told you so, thank you, duly noted.) It's two different mind sets, both in terms of the stories themselves and also in terms of one requiring first draft head and the other requiring extensive editing head. They're not mixing well. What happened to all the time? It's a good thing Doctor Who wasn't a writer; he'd've wasted all his centuries of natural life getting all those novels written, and imagine the string of disasters that wouldn't've been averted then. Yes, I realise I'm making no sense.

For some who are making more sense lately, here, have some links:

  • Sandra McDonald talks about self-referentiality in the sff genre:

    I often have the feeling that we in sf/f are speaking to ourselves, to each other, but not to the mainstream. Which is where most of my friends and family live.

  • LanguageHat joins the campaign to rename the passive voice. I must say I like hyptic.
  • Ursula Vernon reflects on the fact that no art is wasted:

    Good projects strip the bad ones for nutrients. Old projects break down gently into useful bits that you dump on the roots of new projects.

    Even the bad art has its uses. Maybe especially the bad art. After all, it's the nastiest gunk that makes the best fertilizer.

  • And, in case you don't read Paperback Writer, she's issued an ebook challenge:

    write and publish a new short story, novellette, novella, or novel of your own in e-book form* and post it for download on your weblog, web site, or any host site on October 31, 2006.

    When Halloween arrives I will post a list of links here on PBW to the e-books of everyone who completes the challenge. I will also pick twenty e-books at random from all those who participate in the challenge and give the authors a private critique of their work via e-mail (so if you ever wanted me to read something of yours, this would be a definite shot.)

    Just keep in mind that, if you decide to participate, you're giving away your first rights to the piece.