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February 2017



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Fforde. Fforde. Fforde. Fforde. Fforde. Fforde. Fforde.

Collectively, we made close to 3.5K on the Unexpected Collaboration today. Along with my 1.2K on SM, I'm going to call it a successful writing day and goof off. I'm not sure yet if I want to play pinball, or read.

I may read another chapter of the Bujold book, I think, since I finished the Fforde. I just like typing Fforde.

I'm trying to retrain myself to read for enjoyment, which is quite the struggle. I think I need to establish two parallel protocols: reading to edit, and reading for enjoyment. Because not only does it slow me down to stop and question choices every couple of lines, but it also makes it damned hard to enjoy a story.

Fforde. Fforde. Fnord. Fforde. Fforde. Fforde. Fforde. Fnord. Fforde. Fforde.


Yes, it's difficult to switch that Internal Editor off, isn't it? First draft, editor off. Second and subsequent drafts, editor on. Reading for critique or study, editor on. Reading for fun, editor off.

I rather like the name Fforde too. I do wonder if it's his real name. Apparently he lives in Wales, so perhaps he's adopted Fforde so it doesn't get pronounced Vord (as it would with Welsh pronunciation of the single F). By the way, that last bit wasn't a serious suggestion. :-)

As a writer, Malcolm Pryce (Aberystwyth Mon Amour and Last Tango in Aberystwyth) is far more skilful. I tend to group Pryce and Fforde together because I found them more or less at the same time and they both write odd stories in an alternate UK with an independent Wales, but otherwise the tone is completely different. With Pryce, I think, "I wish I could write with that skill and confidence", with Fforde I think, "Oooh, I wish I'd thought of that as a story idea."
I'm actually not bad about editing my own stuff: I seem to be past the stage where I couldn't write if I thought about it.

It's that as a 'zine reader I've learned to read every damned word of every damned story. Which makes reading other stuff sometimes rather a chore.....

And there's another name I'll have to add to my to read list. Which is getting ridiculous.

Turning it on an Off

Definitely I tend to try reading for enjoyment, but then there's the issue of you barreling along, reading a book just for fun when you're brought up short by what I call a 'workshoppism' that just throws you into reviewer mode before you know it. When that happens, you can't really help yourself, can you?

I read a novel recently, and all was well until I realised the character stuck in a world without modern ammenities had her clothes torn off her, but was able to continue with her companions with new clothes in the next chapter, without any explanation as to how she got them. After that, needless to say, my reviewer off button stopped working ::grin::


fnorde fforde

fnorde is more fun for me to type. fnore hmm.

I loved yesterday's entry - aooogah! indeed. lol

Re: fnorde fforde

Hey Cath, if you want a livejournal code, drop me an email....