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State of change

“It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one.” — Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher, essayist, statesman http://www.quoteworld.org/ Updates on the state of things can be found at: girliejones‘s blog: I guess though I’d be really interested in what …

If you’re not part of the solution …

Shane Jiraiya Cummings has some energetic solutions over at his blog (where lj feed? I can’t cope with no lj feed!): The solution to all this debate is to act. And more action from benpayne: That said, I’m not intending to copy those magazines, nor am I looking for material …

No things left unsaid

Over at the discussion on editing, girliejones said: Our site is a good step but I wonder if we are properly reviewing the editing? In some places we are. But in what cases is a bad story the fault of the editor and not the writer? Prompting a thoughtful response …

What really matters

boingboing rounds up noodly links for the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Also, benpayne gives us a fairly reasonable to-do list. benpeek says something about audience. canoblivious is pleased we’re talking scene. azhure has a poll. And probably more besides. What an engaging week! Also: it is difficult to type around the …

Mopping up

Whew! I’m surprised & delighted by the amount of debate that spun out of the mention of punkrocker1991‘s editorial. Very cool! Russ, I suspect you really could do with some functioning forums over at Ticonderoga Online. I like that people are willing to engage on this, & that the intelligent …

Plethoria Mediocrita?

Over at Ticonderoga Online, punkrocker1991 muses in his editorial about the state of modern SF writing in Oz. “Yes, we’re publishing more, but is our writing getting better? I’m not convinced.” Healthier, he says, but not stronger. (Also, he mentions my name. I wish he wouldn’t do that, it makes …

Yikes, Jung.

From quotez: “The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering.” -Carl Jung Not sure I’d stretch it to ‘all’ mental illness (though, y’know, out of me & Jung, pick the famous psychologist type. So … ), but I’d pay this one. Avoidance is a mental …

Writers talk shop

docbrite makes some nice comments about writing rules here and here. I particularly like: “In light of all the recent discussion about “self-indulgence” in fiction writing, I have decided I believe self-indulgent writing is generally of a higher quality, more enjoyable to read, and likelier to touch a chord in …

Meta-texts, thanks

Tonight Keifer Sutherland spoke to me. He told me that terrorism was serious, that muslims ‘stood beside us’ in opposition to terrorism. That they, too, were good people who loved their families. Unlike in the following episode of 24, he said. Or similar. I paraphrase. A few things struck me. …

Same, same, different, same…

The other week I saw Destiny’s Child interviewed (in the days when Destiny’s Child still existed, of course) & Beyonce Knowles was talking about how the band worked to do something different with its music. ‘It’s not just pop music,’ she said, or words to that effect. Except, of course, …

Twisted

The Lester Dent thing got some notice recently, & slithytove noted: 1) it mentions character almost not at all; 2) it emphasizes plot twists, which I rarely hear talked about. Interesting. Because plot, I thought, was more important to genre writers than mainstream writers. I mean, just anecdotally. Just going …

Ashbery to Ashbery

You are John Ashbery. People love your work buthave no idea why, really. You are respected byall kinds of scholars and poets. Even artistslike you. Which Famous Modern American Poet Are You Quizilla, etc. Ashbery’s works are characterized by a free-flowing, often disjunctive syntax, extensive linguistic play, often infused with …

Lines in the sand. Or, in the dirt.

When is it self-indulgence & when would you call it courage? When do you go from uncompromising to obscurantist, from individual to irrelevant, from subverting the dominant paradigm, to wilfully antagonistic? I saw ‘Yes’ the other night at the Syd Film Festival, a film written/directed by Sally Potter starring Joan …

Genre #1: The Cocktail

“Whether it’s a sign of the declining quality of film or illustration in general, these days most movie posters just don’t inspire the same artistic awe.” [big snip] “Today, a lot of posters are put together on computers, but back in the day when posters were completely handmade, illustrators worked …

‘We laughed!’ we cried.

Hello, hello, I have discovered my Peek’s Five Questions up over at benpeek‘s blog, along with a bunch of other interviews with a bunch of other people. I’m liking the way this is teasing out the individual thoughts of a complex system often simplistically referred to as ‘the scene’. Definitely …

Peek Question Time

benpeek is asking Five Questions, & here are the answers to mine. Over on his journal, all week, is interview week. I am not over there, I am here, because I don’t have anything to pimp at the moment. I am just home, writing & watching TV. You should check …

Question Time

Question: What are you if you fail to be a hack writer? Also: As an artist, are you required to live at the extreme edge of your art? That is, if you love heavy metal, & like to play heavy metal every Tuesday night at your local bar, are you …

Writing and Irritants

This one rambles. At the Swancon panel on ‘staying creative’, Charles de Lint admitted he’d wanted to be a musician. The times weren’t right for the music he liked to play, however, so he went into writing. (You’ve heard of writing, right? Crazy little fallback gig that it is … …

Writing & swimming & singing & more

“When Anthony feels his own reason to stay, it is like swimming. And it is the rhythm of the swimming itself, not how far it takes him, that gives him certainty.” — Charlotte Wood, The Submerged Cathedral OK, not, ostensibly, a quote about writing, but it works that way for …