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Reading Silk (part five: THE END)

It is done. Today, we read chapters Twelve, Thirteen, and Fourteen, and the epilogue. I still have to add some to the author's note/acknowledgments and provide an updated biography, but, yeah, mostly it's done. Considering that my deadline on the was April 15th, I'm very pleased. It only took us five days. I will say that reading the book again after all these years has left me in a strange, disquieted mood. Too many memories in there, too many old revelations, too many things that I've managed not to think about for more than a decade. Bits of Birmingham before I moved away to Athens in April '94, bits of Athens afterwards, '94 and '95. Anyway, today the Zokutou page meter looks like this (which is a good thing):

Zokutou word meter
354 / 354

Tomorrow I get a day off before beginning What Comes Next. We may see The Host at Tara. We might go the the zoo. I do not yet know.

My editor at Roc, Liz, has informed me that the mmp of Murder of Angels has been released for an April 8, 2008 release. And, of course, the new Silk mmp will be out in December '07.

And I thought I'd post this again, for anyone who might have missed it: "A Season of Broken Dolls" (Sirenia Digest #15) has been reprinted in the new online version of Subterranean Magazine, and you may read it free. Which, among other things, gives non-subscribers a free opportunity to have a peek at what's going on in the Digest. Do note that the formatting has been altered for Subpress. Originally, Schuler's journal entries were written as single paragraphs, but Bill thought that would probably be a bit overwhelming online, and he's probably right. I've tried to place the graph breaks as unobtrusively as possible. Also, the story was not originally subdivided into two sections. Anyway, I'm excited about this online incarnation of the magazine, and my thanks to Subpress for the reprint. I'd love to hear some thoughts on the piece from non-subscribers and subscribers alike.

I am sooooo tired. We had a short walk, from the parking lot of Candler Park north to Ponce and back again. I found a golf ball. I'm wondering if Eragon is even good enough to bother renting the DVD. I mean, there's Jeremy Irons and John Malcovitch, so it ought to at least make halfway decent eye candy. Then again, maybe I'll just spend the evening on Wikipedia and Final Fantasy XII.


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Mar. 23rd, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting us read "A Season of Broken Dolls." What do you call a story made of journal entries? Journalistic? Semi-epistolary? In any case, I thought it was a nice touch, and neatly conveyed the protagonist's anachronism.

Probably the best aspect of the story for me was the application of your writing style to that setting. So much SF is so colorless--bereft of anything resembling authentic feeling--that it's like seeing the future all over again. At the same time, I didn't think there was any gratuitous tech-porn here either, just a depiction of humans reacting to environments they've created. Talk about people at extremes.

The moment where Schuler meets up with the old man at the bar was authentically haunting. This may be because I just watched Capote and have journalist-subject stuff on the brain, but I felt we got inside her head while she was getting inside his.

I hope this brings more subscribers to Sirenia Digest!
Mar. 23rd, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
A Season of Broken Dolls
Long time reader; first time poster. Rather spooky, all of the discussion about "legitimate literature" and readers identifying with characters and so forth, and then I read the short story written from the POV of a journalist ...

I suppose that one must find some way in which to indentify with a story's characters in order to care about them and continue reading. But then, unless the characters are so thoroughly wooden and one-dimensional that the reader can't find "anything" in them with which to sympathize/empathize, then it probably isn't worth reading for anyone, and why would you bother to finish such a story/novel, much less spend precious time and energy writing a review on Amazon? Like that dude bent out of shape about all the swearing. Why did you continue to read if you were so offended and the story had no intrinsic value? *sigh*

I wouldn't put much stock in Amazon literary reviews -- gadget reviews, perhaps, but not literary reviews. To put it simply, as my teenage nephew would say, those people are tools. For what it is worth, I thoroughly enjoyed Silk, as I have all of your work (some more than others, sure, but that's only natural), and have always found your characters multi-dimensional and quite interesting. I've always found much to identify with in them, in spite of the fact, say, that I'm not a lesbian, a smack addict musician, etc.(as in Silk).

And I loved A Season of Broken Dolls (a masterpiece of subtlety); as a character Schuler hit close to home for me, in fact. And having spent most of my adult life meeting deadlines, I don't say this lightly: many writers goof up their reporter/journalist characters, it seems, IMHO, unless -- of course -- they've done their time in the 4th Estate. Schuler strikes me as spot-on, particularly for her age (but then, you don't have to be a middle-aged journalist to see the world like she does).

Three cheers for SubPress for putting the mag online :)
Mar. 23rd, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
Did you send SD15 out to subscribers yet? Because if so, it never showed up in my email :(
Mar. 23rd, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Did you hear, the cat and dog food that was recalled, in the testings they found rat posion in it. Here is the link to the article, http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/rat-poison-found-in-recalled-pet-food/20070323113009990001

Hoped none of your pets were affected.

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