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like a worm on a hook, like a knight from some old-fashioned book--

You know, this dratted book has an awful lot of stuff in it. Now I understand why it wanted omni. If I was trying to do this in 3pl, I'd be here all week.


Progress notes for 9 April 2005

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 2027
Total Words: 29.261
Pages: 134
Reason for stopping: sleeeeeeeeep.
Mammalian Assistance: Marowe, clingy
Stimulants: seltzer
Exercise: walking & gothercise
Mail: nomail
Tyop du jour: Just grown wood with peeling varnish
Darling du jour: He licked his lips, and let her catch him doing it.
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Ed Sanders, Tales of Beatnik Glory; Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver
Interesting research tidbit of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: about six pages of longhand notes on Carnival. Thus I get to use the new Carnival icon. And now, I sleep.


That's exactly what I meant, actually. I'm discovering, as I get into this monster, that I can condense a hell of a lot on omni in ways I can't, in 3pl. I'm not sure how to explain it, but somehow, the ability to do a straight tell helps me simultaneously do a bit of incluing and character development that would have to be a bit more subtle in 3PL.

It's kind of like the ability to suggest a silhouette with one strong line, and let the eye do the rest, if that makes any sense.
I've written everything in 3pl so far, and find it rough at times. Never tried omni.
I've written some short stories in omni, and there are passages of 3p objective in HAMMERED. But this is the first time I've tried to do anything like this at novel length.

One way it's helpful is that, suddenly, everybody--and everything!--is potentially a POV character. I can show a sex scene from the POV of the house it's taking place in, if I want. It latches together nicely with inpositioning, actually--dovetails, kind of--in that the traick I learned back in 2003 of just showing very immersively what the character is doing without pausing to explain any of it blends very flexibly with an all-knowing narrative voice.

The downside is, I have to think very hard about everything I'm writing, and manage the transitions, and understand the reasons for it, rather than allowing a character's voice to submerge and carry me.
heh. *g*

I think it may actually be fun to write. But we'll seee how it goes....
Oh yeah about transitions being teh bugger in omni. That's even harder than choosing POVs, for me.

I like the idea of a sex scene from the house's (or at least room's) POV. I may want to steal that for a project in distant mind.

The image makes a lot of sense. Most of my story-poem-thingies are written in omni, and the compression of narrator and compression of verse compound each other in interesting ways, so that some of them are very dense tales indeed. In terms of writing effort, a 500-line poem takes as much as a novella, though in story-scope it's more like a novelette, all in roughly 3500 words.


I write pretty dense to begin with, and I'm always interested in new ways to pack more story into a given space.

This is pretty cool. *g*
*nod* I found myself sliding into it constantly while writing the test pages on this particular book, and after fighting it for a while decided to just let the damned book have its way. So far, I'm liking the effect.

It's very tiring to write, though. All ponder and no flow.
vigorous dancing to gothy and/or industrial type music. Or, sometimes, eurotrash, but we don't talk about that. *g*
*g* Nothing at all, as long as you wash your hands afterwards....
My preference always goes to independent bookstores, where possible.

And thank you for the support. *g*

Some Euro groups are major faves. Air? St Etienne?

Chemical Brothers? Stereolab?

iTunes is, I confess, giving me more opportunity to try new music.
none of the above, for me. *g*
I should clarify--of the above, the only ones I've heard of are Air and the Chemical brothers.

No, this is real, cannonical Eurotrash. Bad '80's drum machine bands.
Just so long as you don't dance to it while wearing sandals with socks.