January 11th, 2006

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I might like you better if we slept together.

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via supergee, The Pagan Hierarchy (snrch). Except, realistically, it would be a Klein-bottle-like structure where everybody looks down on everybody else.  Somebody should hypertext and cross-reference that with The Geek Hierarchy.

More proof that the People should not be allowed to "choose."

white_serpent thinks my books really, really stink. And the characters are lousy and insufficiently differentiated, too. (I do feel constrained to correct a misquote of what I said about Worldwired, which wasn't that I didn't like it, but--paraphrasing--that the books that are easier to write are never first in my heart the way the ones that kick my head in are.[Original entry here.])

Somebody from Quebec came up to me at World Fantasy and actually got the Franglish thing, though, so at least one reader figured that out. And made my entire convention in the process.

It's amazing what you think is transparently clever, and isn't.

However, a responder on blogspot calls Worldwired "riveting". So there ya go. Google Alerts will teach you pretty quickly that you can't please 'em all.

In other news, james_nicoll is still possibly the smartest man on the internets: flying through the beam of a pulsar _will_ void the warranty on your ship.
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A Widow for One Year, or: Please, for the love of Mike, don't write what you know.

All of the characters in this John Irving book are novelists who insert themselves and their friends into their novels. One of them has written a novel about a novelist who inserts real experiences into her novels. I'm not far enough into the turtles to discover if she is writing about a novelist....

I suppose it's possible that he's attempting self-parody... or simply achieving it.

The omniscient is pretty good though.
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I am out of post-novel ennui (finally!) and into that stage of recovery that I don't really have a name for. It's characterized by watching a lot of documentaries, reading a lot of books, doing a lot of web-surfing, and having a lot of ooo! shiny! creative moments that are completely unrelated to any desire to actually sit down and make words happen. In the last 24 hours, I have been briefly captivated by the Troll Platform, Tino Wallenda, and a literary collusion involving Kilgore Trout, Willim Ashbless, and Jonathan Herovit.

Well, I've been saying for a while that I should write a circus story. Maybe what I need is to write a story about three fictional writers encountering a family of aerialists on an offshore drilling rig.

Except the circus story is supposed to have a bottle tree in it, because I promised stillsostrange a short story entitled "King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree" one of these days.

Ehn. I'll start writing again eventually. Once I get irritated enough.
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