September 18th, 2003

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SFWA Update

Via Write Hemisphere (thanks, tanaise): SFWA raises qualifying pay rate to US$ 00.05/word.

Veeery interesting. That means a whole bunch of previously "pro" publications (Strange Horizons, H.P. Lovecraft's, Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate, Weird Tales etc.) are about to become high-paying semipros, unless they raise their rates as of January first.

Leaving the acceptable SFWA pro markets as: SciFiction, Analog, ASF, F&SF, Chizine, Argosy (assuming it stays in print for a year) and a very few others.

Although this rate hike does lower the word length of an story deemed acceptable as a SFWA credit to 1000 words, to reach that $50.00 cutoff.

It will be interesting to see where this goes. I assume it's intended to drive up the rates offered by magazines. Very interesting to be on the outside of this one, looking in.
  • Current Music
    Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London
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Fabulous Reality (writing stuff)

More on inpositioning:

Ansel Adams got all those incredibly detailed, realistic, take-you-there photographs by staging them.

Waiting until the light was just right, arranging his camera angle and controlling aperture, speed, film, reflections, moving things that messed with the composition--

--which is why his photographs seem so much more real than a snapshot that actually may reflect the 'reality' of a moment much more closely.

This is the telling detail thing. It's also the fabulous reality thing. And the fictional dream thing. And the grounding thing.

That's all it is: different techniques for filtering reality to make it super-real, so that it can succeed as fiction. Because there's just too much fluff in reality for it to work as a story, overall.

Or at least, that's how it seems to work to me.
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I was just reminded ofa few of my favourite poems.

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Dylan Thomas, "Fern Hill"

Tu Fu, The Ballad of the Army Wagons

Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"

William Blake, "The Tyger"

There's a lot more, of course. I could do this for hours. But I close with a thought.

Stars, I have seen them fall
But when they drop and die
No star is lost at all
From all the star-sown sky.
The toil of all that be
Helps not the primal fault
It rains into the sea,
And still the sea is salt.

-A.E.Housman
  • Current Music
    Leonard Cohen - Anthem