Friday, May 24, 2013

String beans

Happy Friday, everyone!

I feel strange because I've been doing a lot of writing-related intensive thinking and yet I don't have much to say about it.

First, I've been thinking about my career. In 2011, I transitioned from laboratory research to science writing, and I have been very happy in my job. At the same time, I need to figure out where I go now. I've been looking into the possibility of more schooling to study journalism or communications ($20K to $45K - yikes), and I've been thinking more deeply about what my long term objectives are.

I've been working on CyberLama. I continue to write it in 3rd person, and currently everything is happening in chronological order. I'm not sure if I will keep it that way, but it sure was a pain to move everything around. I won't be happy if I decide to rearrange it all again, but this is the writing life!


What's Peanut eating? A cotton ball. Didn't swallow.




March 21, 2009

Dear Diana,

I have tried my best to be a good friend to you, and I assure you that this is still my primary motivation. The more you tell me about this experiment that you are participating in, the more I worry for you. What this doctor is trying to accomplish is the stuff of fairy tales and curses. It is the punishment for those who ask for too much. It is like Frankenstein or Dracula—the classic horrors that we can only tolerate because we know that they are not real. No one can imagine what this sort of existence will be like. You will be forced to experience life on a completely different magnitude with more sadness and more anger than a typical person would experience. Life as you know it will be on a different scale. I do not mean to seem pessimistic, but I am also not one to lie and say that life is always full of peace and joy. What we experience is what we can endure, no more, no less. I beg you to rethink this decision. 

O.

20 comments:

  1. The letter is good; there's no real argument against Pagani in the version I read. All the excerpts you've posted of the revision make it seem as if this version is a lot more human, or maybe more closely personal. Better, is what I mean. The emotions seem more raw.

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  2. Thank you, Mr. B! This letter is a bit rough, but it's early on in the book and it was the first postable passage I could find. O is for Olivier, Diana's co-worker when she was in France. He plays a bigger role in this new draft.

    I'm over halfway through GHMA! It's very different from your past work and very interesting!

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  3. GHMA is not an adventure novel! It's much more the sort of thing I always thought I'd write. Mona in the Desert is very different from GHMA and from everything I wrote before it. I have no idea what the detective novel I'm now writing will be like. It will be different from the first Patience Quince novel in a lot of ways.

    I hope to see some version of Cybermala soon. Someday. Someday soon.

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  4. Somewhere along the line I had actually blurred together Go Home, Miss America and Mona in the Desert, and in my head your book was about a pageant contestant walking around Joshua Tree in a patriotic bikini with a state banner hanging around her.

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  5. I've toyed with the idea of writing books based on your titles so that we'd both have the same books titles with different insides. If only I could keep up!

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  6. Happy you're still working on Cyberlama! I need to start GHMA. I've been deep into revisions on Out of Tune but will need a break soon.

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    1. Hi! You were right about Cole. I read the book again after 12 weeks of letting it sit there and yeah, he's a bit of a bastard, hah. He really ISN'T ... it's just how I was presenting him. So I read a book that picked apart As Good as It Gets and how such an unlikeable character comes across as likeable and that's when I realized what I was doing wrong with Cole. I'm on my 2nd read-through now and my eyeballs are bleeding, but with each read-through, I'm improving the characters and the story more and more. It'll get there.

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    2. Oh, and I realized it's NOT a romance (duh), so I'm altering the end as well so it's not so sickeningly sappy and romantic and we actually get closure on what the book is about instead of making it seem like getting the guy will fix all her problems (puke).

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    3. He's just so bossy and patronizing in the first chapters. He treats Mags like a child and that annoyed me. It's fine if that's what you want to do, but it makes Mags look like an idiot. Which is also fine if that's what you want to do, but I don't think that's what you want to do.

      Drunken Mags is a great bit. That whole sequence of scenes is wonderful. I like the dynamics of the parents' marital troubles, too. I know: SPOILERS. Don't read this, Davin!

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    4. Yeah, that's what I've been changing because that's not what I wanted to do. It was also most problematic in those first chapters, yes.

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  7. My next book will be about raising chickens. The one after that will be about a bakery. I'm not sure what I'll call these novels. Hmm, let me think.

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  8. Michelle, I've been reading Out Of Tune as well! Scott's book gets my bus time, which is a lot of time. Your book gets my home time when I'm not too grumpy to stare at my computer. :)

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    1. Yay! Thanks for reading! So, uh, how far are you? Because I'm doing revisions ...

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    2. Michelle, I just looked. I'm in the beginning/middle of Chapter 6. Should I wait?

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    3. Well, it's up to you. Do you hate Cole? You probably do. Chapter 6 isn't very far. I can send you the revised version I have now. That'll be way better than what you've got.

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    4. Sure, send me the new version. I'm trying not to make up my mind on any of the characters yet. It's too early to judge. :)

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    5. You're one of those readers every author wishes for, you know that, right?

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    6. Ha ha. Should I mentioned that I've thrown two books across the room before? I'm not always good at holding my judgement.

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