meirwen_1988: (table tag)
Having a dialogue about replica glassware with Elizabeth Chadwick, one of my top five historical fiction authors. *bliss*

You may now resume your day.

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Jul. 29th, 2011 10:59 am
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I've opened an account on Dreamwidth A) to backup LJ and B) to allow myself to post when LJ goes down. I'll be crossposting everything once everything is set up, so you don't need to follow in both places. But I know some people have jumped ship/are reading there more than here, so if that defines you, my account there is meirwen_1988.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.
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..., but as Ivanova would say, I'm in the middle of 15 things, all of them annoying. Still, I've got time to at least throw the short form of my thoughts about this out for you to take a swing at.

Recently, in another forum, I mentioned that an author who is writing a series of books had announced that the next volume would be out in July. Actually, his publishers, in two countries, announced it, with a firm date.

One friend said, "I'll believe it when I actually hold it in my hand."
Another said he refused to buy it, in order to "hit [name withheld] in the pocketbook."

Look, I'm as anxious to read the next installment as the next person. I'm a little frustrated myself with the plot lines that seem to be turning into something as complicated as a dendrite web. And I really hate that my favorite character got killed off in the first half of the first book. And the Wheel of Time experience has made me a bit gun-shy, too.

But that said, where does the reader get to demand anything of the writers? In what way do the writers "owe" us anything? Even if they say "I'm working on it and I expect to be done by July 2009" in what way does that obligate them to give it to us? It's not like they're on salary. We pay them when there is an actual product to purchase. I'm baffled by the notion that readers should make the writer suffer by "hitting them in the pocketbook." They aren't tech writers, applying a specific skill set to a narrowly defined task (having done some commercial writing, that seems a fair description) with a deadline. This is a creative enterprise. They are gestating, creating, building...and even if it takes for-bloody-ever, we have absolutely no place being tantrum-y children about it because we didn't get our ice cream when we wanted it.

To quote Dennis Miller, "That's just my opinion. I could be wrong."
meirwen_1988: (Bored)
So, I did the "You write like" meme.

I submitted 4 samples. Like everyone else I got a "Dan Brown." I think it defaults to that if you write short paragraphs with lots of action verbs.

But for the others I got:


I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




and


I write like
Lewis Carroll

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




and


I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




I think I'll quit while I'm ahead.
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I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but I've ended up reading this blog. The author is funny. Crazy about horses. Smart. And a gorgeous blond, but I've decided not to hate her for that.

More importantly, the woman is clearly insane, or a saint, because she's been married to Denis Leary for a very long time. Yes, that Denis Leary, the cigarette smoking, rapid-fire-talking, actor, comedian, writer, Irish lunatic Denis Leary.

This isn't one of her better posts, but it is, perhaps, a really clear explanation of how she manages to keep up with him. Cause in her own way, she's as big a nutcase as he is!
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So, I follow a knitting lj.
A knitter posted a photo of an FO she was thrilled about (finished object).
The background caught my attention.
I wondered where it was.
I thought, "I'll go to her journal profile and see where it is."
Okay, point the first--yes, I was right: not America.

But then, I found this on her blog.

Really.
How cool is that??

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