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March 2017



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the band is awful and so are the tunes

There's a good deal of amusement value to be had in the fact that I'm going back through this story and putting in pronouns, which means I have to decide what gender everybody is. I love the no-pronouns stuntwriting trick, as readers of the Jacob's Ladder books will no doubt know, but it's actually distracting in the context of this story. I'll save it for when it's thematically useful, rather than just a great flashy stunt.

(One of the signs of maturity in a writer is choosing not to do something just because you can, I fear. Or possibly, like most allegedly mature wisdom, it's a sign of being too tired.)

Meanwhile, I have about 2,000 words for today, and I think my plan for now until Friday is to churn away at this thing and get as much done as I can. Grim determination may suffice where inspiration fails.

In other news, art for the Drabblecast release of "Boojum" on the artist's feed here.


Grim determination may suffice where inspiration fails.

Adding to my quote list... :P

btw, Kindle!

Thanks to Kindle, I am now caught up on the majority of your novel work. Not so much on the one offs in the journals, but YES! I am thrilled to own so many books by you and not have to find a place to keep them. Even purchased for Kindle the ones I'd owned in tree form.

Re: btw, Kindle!


The Kindle may be helping pay my rent pretty soon...
Since I know you are on the guest list for Eurocon, it may interest you to know that two of Sweden's neighbouring countries, Finland and Estonia) speak a language that does not have articles or gender pronouns. That's the only easy thing about their languages. The rest is one long headache.

Grim determination may suffice where inspiration fails. - works for me!
Goodness. But how do you write without them? A friend of mine once switched all the pronouns once she'd finished a piece as an exercise in watching her own gender assumptions, and that was fascinating. But no pronouns at all... Do you just put X where one should go?
If you get a chance to read DUST, see if you can spot which character doesn't have any. *g*

You phrase your sentences so you don't need them.
I can manage that for a short story, but for a whole novel... Is awed.