September 27th, 2006

bear by san

You are a perverse lot.


*dies under an avalanche of music recommendations*




Laura Bush, romance reader

Also, Galleycat collects some quotes on This Year You Write Your Novel.

"The scale of a novel is that of a supercollider/atom smasher. It's daunting. It's supposed to be daunting and difficult. And not only does it have to work—like an atom-smasher—it also has to look pretty. So it has to have an aesthetically pleasing structure and great landscaping and everything. It's the whole deal: a supercollider where you'd want to get married or have a big party, or send a postcard of which to your grandmother."

--Alan DeNiro

Also, quotes our own Jeff VanderMeer saying, "It is an act of endurance. And an act of faith. But not an act of courage." *

Sorry, Jeff, I love you even more than the Evil Monkey does. But if that's what you think? 

You need to write scarier novels, man.

Here. Go do something filthy with this microphone.

*Endurance I'll cop to. But not faith. I haven't got any freaking faith in my books. On the other hand, I decided a long time ago that I'd rather die a glorious public failure than a polite successful coward. Excelsior!



So I had something else intelligent I was going to say about writing, but damned if I can remember what it was in the cold light of morning. It probably wasn't new, anyway; I repeat myself a lot.

If you're joining us in progress, as I see some of you are, and you are here for the masturbatory writing wank, you could start here:

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/tag/writing+craft+wank

and also here:

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/tag/writing+is+like+everything+else

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/tag/the+writer+at+work

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/tag/ten+things

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/tag/footnotes+to+history

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/tag/one+trick+is+all+that+pony+knows

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/tag/grave+robbery+on+the+high+seas

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/tag/the+glamour!

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/tag/b%26%40k+hate

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/tag/industry

And older stuff, not just mine, can be found here:

http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=matociquala&keyword=Writing+technique&filter=all

http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=matociquala&keyword=The+Business+of+Writing&filter=all

http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=matociquala&keyword=The+Club+Scene&filter=all

...and what's the first post title on that last one, but another *(&^%*&(^ Bowie quote?

It's like being chased by Trent Reznor, I tell ya.

All advice is worth what you paid for it, and the older stuff is probably even more wrong than the newer stuff.

Anything you all want I should talk about?


bear by san

open up your filthy heart to me

And because truepenny and I are still talking about the meta aspects of David Bowie's crotch, a glass_cats post on the topic.

(For those of you joining in progress, glass_cats is a community we maintain for (mostly) talking about literature, pop culture, meta, and the intersection of the three. Come on over. It's fun!)