Friday, September 29, 2006
Rainy and muggy
“Vulcan’s Child” by Rachelle Arlin Credo is today’s poem on Circadian.
Will Neptune please turn direct already? This is NOT fun!!!
Worked on some admin stuff in the morning, then read the 4th book (yes, people, I read four entire books in one twenty four hour period and my eyeballs are no longer speaking to me), then worked on the proposal.
Just as I was two paragraphs from the end – CRACK!
Everything in the apartment flashed and most of the apartment went dark. A few things worked in the kitchen, but the rest of the place – including the computer – was out. With my proposal. Which I had composed on the screen, instead of what I usually do, which is longhand first and THEN type it.
Called the super. He came up and we went through the usual – breakers, felt the walls for heat, etc., etc. Checked some of the empty apartments in the section – half of each apartment was out. He went to get an electrician; I went to have a nervous breakdown. I told the super if one of the jackasses on the road crew working outside had cut the wrong wires, I would cut his wires. The jackass’s, not the super’s. The super here is great. The super called the electrician and everything was set to rights in a relatively short amount of time.
All because some idiot is careless with his jackhammer.
Take that any way you wish.
And, thanks to Colin’s tutorials, I actually took a few deep breaths and managed to recover most of the proposal, finish it, and get it out. Without having to whimper or panic and track him down, either. See, Colin? I actually pay ATTENTION when you try to teach me something. I don’t always understand it, but when I do, I can continue using what you’ve taught me. Or, even if I don’t totally understand it, I can follow your instructions and get it to work anyway.
And THEN I opened the great big bottle of wine.
Forgot to mention that, prior to the reading marathon, I finished The Meaning of Night. I enjoyed the book – without liking the protagonist. So often, when someone mentions not liking the protagonist, the author gets all huffy and says the reader is judging the stylistic choice. Well, in Cox’s book, having an unreliable and unlikeable narrator works. Two small things that bothered me: One was that, there are letters within books and letters, and I didn’t feel enough differentiation in the voices. However, that might have been a stylistic choice, since the narrator tells us the contents – I wasn’t always sure. The other was that the protagonist is easily deceived by someone and I found it hard to believe he could be so easily deceive, even though the author’s point was that he wanted to be (I think). In any case, I enjoyed the book. And I learned a lot from it.
Started reading another book, lent to me by a friend. I have to admit that I’m struggling with it. 221 pages into it, and I’m really annoyed with the writer. I’m trying to cut him slack – so far, I feel he’s fallen into every cliché of negative witchcraft stereotyping there is. I tried to cut him slack because, even though it’s technically fantasy, it’s set in an actual historical time period and those demented, paranoid, vile lies were believed. However, I also feel that the writer’s getting off on detailing torture, especially torture of women, and that pisses me off. You can paint a horrifying picture of the abuse these women suffered in a few paragraphs and have it be gripping, frightening, revolting, emotional. But to run a torture sequence for over twenty pages? That’s gratuitous, and you’re enjoying the sadism. And then maybe a page or two of story before the next torture sequence. No, thank you.
Worked on an outline of an action adventure, did some more work on Assumptions of Right, and started playing with a few more stories that need to get out in the next week or so. Some of it is revision on written material; some is playing with new ideas.
I’m avoiding the synopsis, and I can’t get away with that any longer, so I’ll tackle that today. I want to do some work on Real first, and then see what I can do with the synopsis. Came across a possible market for Elusive Prayers, too, so I might have to re-read that and see if I can make a go of it.