December 3rd, 2005

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The magic of butt-in-chair.

via katallen, J. K. Rowling conspiracy theorists--an article including the remarkable line:

" "Is it possible that a person can write six thick books that are translated into 55 languages and sell more than 250 million copies in less than 10 years? "

Sure. You just spend a little less time drinking Heineken and a little more behind the keyboard. You don't actually think she does the translations herself, do you?

Nobody tell this young woman about Edward de Vere.

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Progress notes for 3 December 2005:

Undertow

New Words: Screw it, I'm taking the weekend off. The CEM of Blood and Iron gets here Monday, and I have to write flap copy for The Chains that you Refuse as well. (Would it be tacky to take the CEM of B&I to edit in the line party for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe? Since we'll be getting there at 9 pm anyway...)

And I'm pretty much stuck until I figure out a clever way for this escape to work. (Rolling the toilet paper through the bars is not going to cover it.)

Total Words: five thousand and change, and holding.
Pages: 25
Reason for stopping: brain hazy, try again later. I think I'm still dealing with post-novel burnout, because all I really want to do is go play with Michelangelo and Vincent, and of course I don't have my edit letter for Carnival yet.
Mammalian Assistance: giant dawg loff
Stimulants: chai
Exercise: does vacuuming count? how about vacuuming cats?
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Mean things: I ignored my characters wholeheartedly.
Books in Progress: The Adams-Jefferson Letters; Park Honan; Shakespeare: A Life (contrast Shakespeare: The Biography. Already, I like this one better, and that's just from the title page.)
Books read: Nick Tosches, The Devil and Sonny Liston
Spam name du jour: Work T. Ignominy, Misfired B. Crankiest.
Other writing-related work: critiqued a short story for truepenny
Interesting tidbits: via angevin2, the Tomb of Edward the Confessor. Who recieves a very brief mention in Blood and Iron, along the way to killing Harold. *g*

leahbobet offers ("Dear Publisher:") a letter from a bookseller, of things that would be nice.

4) It is not for me to say who gets into hardcover and who does not, but I've noticed a tendency that for those authors one traditionally reads:
a) on the beach
b) in the bath
c) after a hard day when their brain's fried
d) if they've been dumped and chocolate isn't doing it

...90% of our customers are waiting for the mass-market edition anyways.

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More on this week's SF vs. Fantasy kerfuffle:

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Hal Duncan

I think it's fair to say that there are two seemingly incompatible aesthetics in the field, both products of the Enlightenment and each associated with one side or the other in its most specialised form -- the Rationalism associated with Hard SF and the Romanticism associated with High Fantasy. Both of these fictional forms have been segregated out from the field in general. They are, I would argue, valid "genres" in a way that SF and Fantasy are not. And the aesthetics they align themselves with are old enough and strong enough that I think the field of SF/F can't help but be affected by that centuries-old rift. Their argument carries on into our work and it's effect is powerful enough that we often have to make a choice -- or have the choice made for us -- as to which side we're on....

...The Rationalism of Wells is counter-pointed by the Romanticism of Verne. In the Gernsback-Campbell era when the term Science Fiction was born, those two aesthetics were already in deep collaboration. Romantic adventures fleshed with Rationalist science. Rationalist science extrapolated into Romantic adventures. Hell, from Frankenstein onwards this has been a field where the dynamic power of the fiction resides in the interaction of those aesthetics. Is Frankenstein Science Fiction? Fantasy? Horror? Or is it, like Bradbury's "The Veldt", all of the above?


For the record, I'm with Hal. Except he said it much better than I did.

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