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Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Writing Links!

The Times has a neato essay about Michel de Montaigne as the first blogger. I've never read Montaigne, but I've heard many times I should. Maybe I will now.

This story comes via Alan Stewart Carl, who suggested it as a must-read. I agree. The Collagist pretty consistently publishes great work like this, so if you aren't checking it out every month, you're missing out.

Not really writing news, but awesome nonetheless. The Military ranks of the British Invasion (via Gerry Canavan).

Obligatory DFW Link: The First Sentence of DFW's posthumous novel, The Pale King, set for release next month. New DFW!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Fever Dreams of the Postmodern Mind

I found this post from The Retroist (and accompanying video) to be very interesting not only for the subject matter but also for what it says about our TV-saturated culture. It's terrifying to me that whole groups of people can have the same half-submerged memory of trauma that never existed except as a television fantasy. Everyday we are inundated with millions of images of sex and violence and bizarre juxtapositions that tantalize and demonize and horrify, and then when we wake up the whole churning mess starts again, leaving us wondering if what happened the day before really happened at all or if we dreamed the nightmare up. The turning over of images and ideas in the cultural landscape is like a compost heap, old images break down and disappear and become part of the morass of memories and nightmares, even as new images are tossed on the pile and shuffled in.

I wonder how many things I remember that never happened. I wonder how many nightmares of Hollywood writers became my nightmares. And I wonder how many of them are now yours, like a copy of a copy of a copy of a picture of the chupacabra. I wonder what all this amounts to, or if, like the roar of a stadium full of cheering fanatics, the endless stream of garbage is good only for cheering the players on the field as they punt the ball over and over and over again.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Fiction over at Dog Eat Crow Magazine

I just posted a new flash piece by the enigma that is Ron Koppelberger. This is the third piece I've published by him and I still don't understand a word he writes. But it's gorgeous stuff, and as long as he keeps sending me these beautiful amuse bouches of craziness I'll keep publishing 'em.

Enjoy it here.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Part One is Done!

So, after all my rambling about how difficult it would be to finish the last chapter of Part One because of all the info I had to stuff into the chapter without things getting overwrought and lame, I managed to sit down in one night and rattle the whole thing off. I'm satisfied with it. With first drafts all I'm hoping for is to get the ideas down on paper. I can fiddle with execution later on. Part One is now done and Part Two can begin.

Now that it's done, I need to adjust my figures a little. Part One ended up clocking in at around 70K words, so that means the final book could be closer to 190K-210K words. That is slightly less intimidating.

The next section is a lot more chaotic. The characters will now start to dance with each other a little. It'll be interesting to see how they like each other.