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it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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[21:58] matociquala: I think I may have figured out what this book is about.
[21:58] matociquala: Now I just have to finish it, so I can try to rewrite it so it doesn't suck.
[21:58] katallen: ::eyes Bear:: great
[21:59] matociquala: Sigh. At least I think it's mostly putting things in
[21:59] matociquala: I dunno about this voice thing.
[21:59] matociquala: *pokes book*
[21:59] matociquala: Half my readers seem very happy with how mannered it is, and the narrative voice.
[22:00] matociquala: And then kelliem, leahbobet, and stillsostrange are complaining that the characters don't have distinct narrative voices.
[22:00] katallen: ::nods::
[22:00] matociquala: And I'm like, um, no, they're not supposed to.
[22:00] matociquala: *sigh*
[22:01] katallen: it's a change
[22:01] matociquala: Well, they have distinct voices in dialogue, but not in narrative.
[22:01] matociquala: If you know what I mean.
[22:01] katallen: yes
[22:02] katallen: I'm in the not seeing a problem camp
[22:02] katallen: but in the scaring myself vein of today
[22:02] matociquala: I dunno. Something about this book makes it seem like it would be a parlor trick.
[22:02] katallen: ::nods::
[22:02] matociquala: I can do funny voices.
[22:03] katallen: it's a different book
[22:03] katallen: I was thinking today that Middlemost has this humour people like
[22:03] katallen: but... that's not going to be every book
[22:03] matociquala: Or possibly I'm just self-justifying because I am lazy and don't want to do that much work. *g*
[22:04] katallen: maybe
[22:04] katallen: ::grins:: you get to decide that
[22:04] katallen: ::pats::
[22:05] matociquala: *sighs*
[22:05] katallen: I think it makes sense though
[22:06] katallen: it's a kind of SF political thriller
[22:06] matociquala: I wonder if I've let my readers get lazy with the using of the funny voices. *g*
[22:06] matociquala: Do most books have funny voices? I kind of don't think so.
[22:06] matociquala: maybe I need hand puppets....
[22:06] katallen: heh
[22:07] cpolk: I don't think you need funny voices.
[22:07] cpolk: in dialogue, they are going to talk more like each other than they are going to talk like the amazons.
[22:07] cpolk: so there!
[22:07] katallen: there may be a balance to be had ::shrugs::
[22:07] cpolk: *hugs the cute spies*
[22:07] matociquala: What I really want is to have the character's philosophical and perceptual differences stand out.
[22:07] matociquala: And not the funny voices.
[22:08] matociquala: And I mean, every review of the Jenny books has been like "Oh! And she does funny voices!"
[22:08] matociquala: Yeah yeah, watch what the other hand is doing.
[22:08] matociquala: :-P
[22:08] katallen: ::eyes Bear::
[22:08] katallen: eeep
[22:08] katallen: ::grins::
[22:09] matociquala: Huh.
[22:09] matociquala: I just thought of something I could do that would be tricksy, and literary, and oh so much work.
[22:09] matociquala: but it would be fun.
[22:09] katallen: what?
[22:09] cpolk: what?
[22:10] matociquala: Well, technically speaking, they're not *speaking* English.
[22:10] matociquala: They're speaking patois, and I'm translating.
[22:10] cpolk: that is true.
[22:10] matociquala: And Vincent should have more of an upper-class accent that Michelangelo.
[22:11] matociquala: It would be neat to have them sound different when they're apart, and more similar when they're together.
[22:11] matociquala: have them habituating to each other's speech.
[22:11] matociquala: But then I'd have to figure out what to do with Lesa.
[22:11] matociquala: And you *know* the readers wouldn't get it.
[22:11] katallen: nope, not a hope ::grins::
[22:11] katallen: Would Lesa be required as a control?
[22:12] matociquala: She'd have to have a different accent entirely.
[22:12] matociquala: I've given them all three different perceptual sets...
[22:12] katallen: ::nods::
[22:12] matociquala: And that's not enough for people.
[22:13] matociquala: Hrm.
[22:13] katallen: but in being whatever she is unchanging...
[22:13] matociquala: *nod*
[22:13] katallen: ::grins::
[22:13] katallen: it's insanity
[22:14] matociquala: It really is.
[22:14] matociquala: Fuckit, it'll be fun.
[22:14] matociquala: And critics can bitch about how I can't keep their voices straight
[22:14] katallen: ::grins::
[22:14] katallen: they will
[22:18] matociquala: I mean, what the hell, I have to print the whole thing off and go over it, right? It won't be that much more work to give them funny voices.
[22:18] matociquala: (Do it again! With funnier voices!)
[22:18] matociquala: *lies to self*
[22:18] katallen: do it if it amuses
[22:18] katallen: hell, I'm making this entire book eat itself
[22:19] matociquala: heee
[22:19] matociquala: It can't be a worse rewrite than B&I
[22:19] matociquala: I don't even know what's in that book anymore.
[22:19] matociquala: I can't remember.
[22:23] matociquala: I think I've stopped hating the book and have achieved cordial loathing.
[22:24] jmeadows: meep
[22:24] katallen: yay cordial loathing!
[22:25] cpolk: whoo progress!
[22:25] katallen: mine is waving shinies at me
[22:25] cpolk: (hey, didn't she hate B&I at some point?)
[22:25] katallen: if I can keep up the supply of twinkling for a bit I may just get out of it alive
[22:25] katallen: (she loathed it)
[22:26] katallen: I think it's sad but true that we all have strange cycles
[22:26] katallen: the highs and lows change variance... but we're all doomed
[22:26] jmeadows: *doomed*
[22:27] matociquala: I really loathe B&I.
[22:27] cpolk: I'm gonna sing the DOOM song!
[22:27] matociquala: I still loathe it. *g*
[22:27] matociquala: that book is dead to me.
[22:27] katallen: ::pats::
[22:27] matociquala: Sing!
[22:27] katallen: Bataan Death March
[22:27] jmeadows: *stares at Bear*
[22:27] matociquala: Hee. Middlemost is twinklyandshiny.
[22:28] cpolk:: Doom doom dooma doomy doom

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