Oi. There is a reason why truepenny is my writing partner. Partially, it's because she's willing to put up with me. (As previously noted, I am Difficult.) But another reason is because we have very different working and thinking styles--she's linear as hell, and I'm about as inductive as it's possible to be and still string together a coherent sentence--and so we complement each other. I tell her when she's so on the nose it hurts, and she tells me when my strings of broken dialogue make about as much sense as Pink Floyd lyrics.
truepenny: Meanwhile, I've started [book title redacted for frank discussion of author's craft], and [author redacted] just makes me want to weep with envy.
matociquala: Does sie now? I've only read sie short fiction, and found most of it heavy-handed, but that book is on my to-read pile.
truepenny: I haven't read anything else of sie's, so I can't say how this stacks up, but I really like what sie's doing so far.
Also, I have discovered that what I find heavy-handed, others find opaque. :-P
truepenny: This probably goes with the nonlinear thing. Since what you find clear as day tends to leave me going, do what now?
matociquala: Quite possibly.
I am not having any of the problems with Vellum that others seem to.
OTOH, I also grok myth pretty well, and it tends to contradict and overrun itself in many places.
truepenny: I suspect you just don't need much connective tissue between bits of story.
matociquala: God knows, it's the hardest thing for me to learn to do. That and, yanno, 'splaining stuff.
I wonder if it's because I started reading grownup books so young. And not understanding them. But then later on I would get more of them. If that makes any sense?
truepenny: Well, I think it makes a difference in how *patient* a reader is with not understanding things.
But I also think your brain just works differently.
matociquala: I am willing to believe it. I never realized it was going to be such a handicap. *g*
truepenny: I don't think it is one. It's the rest of us that are dumb.
matociquala: Hmm. I'm not sure about that. Because to me it often feels as if there are things I am straining to put into words, or silences, or patterns of images, or something... that are not amenable to that.
It may be a matter of verbal vs. nonverbal patterns.
Weird, because I'm totally verbal. But there's this stuff in my head that only goes in between the words.
truepenny: Yeah, but you're also really kinesthetic.
matociquala: Well, yeah but there aren't....
...words for that.
And this is why some of my stuff makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE to some people. And feels wonderfully grounded and real to others, and nobody can figure out why there's a difference.
Because all the emotional tells are kinetic.
Can I blog this?
Okay, I'm going to go play some Zuma and quit spamming livejournal now.