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A rainy, chilly day here in Providence. I recall when I was a child, and I loved this sort of day, especially later in the autumn. I don't know when or how I lost that love. It wasn't intentional. I don't know why these days crush me now. But here is the final day of September.

Yesterday, well, I don't really know how many words I wrote. As I reworked sections of Chapter Three of Fay Grimmer, I would make a mark every time a wrote a NEW word (but not every time a word was erased, which hardly seems fair). I stopped just after 500, but I'd be surprised if I wrote even a thousand. On the other hand (said the bilaterally symmetrical organism), I was able to salvage 3,843 words. So, I'm just going to throw caution to the four and say I wrote 4,343 words yesterday. Even though it's a lie, as salvation is not creation. Regardless, all that matters is that I am almost halfway through. This book may have as few as six or seven chapters.

Oh, and Spooky and I sort of outlined the first few chapters a few days back, when the whole thing went to hell (again). I don't know what they teach the kids at Clarion and other writing sweatshops, but when I make outlines, when I plot before the fact, it looks like this (usually one card per chapter):



Yup. And that's mine and Spooky's handwriting.

Also, a marvelous final season premiere to the final season of Fringe. Spooky saw a critic somewhere refer (positively) to it as fourteen-hour feature film. If you're not watching the show, you need to know what you're missing. Well, unless you're one of those people who believes that Geoff Ryman actually is a better writer than were, say, Philip K. Dick or Frank Herbert.* If that's the case, Fringe might not be the show for you.

And now, fuck you Sunday.

I Can't Have It All,
Aunt Beast

* I don't give a shit if SF is fucking predictive. Whether or not it foolishly believes it can or should be predictive. I don't care if Fringe is patently absurd. I want good stories that make me go "wow," that amaze me, and fill me with wonder. And I'm not afraid of using a little lysergic acid diethylamide to get them. It's not science, kittens. It's science fiction. Why would I willingly waste my time reading anything that calls itself mundane?

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elven_wolf
Sep. 30th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
So I clicked on the 'mundane' link.

... believable use of technology and science as it exists at the time the story is written.

I think we refer to this genre as 'fiction'. They keep saying 'science fiction'. I don't think it means what they think it means.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 30th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)

I think we refer to this genre as 'fiction'. They keep saying 'science fiction'. I don't think it means what they think it means.

Nope. Fear of failure, and a false sense of duty.
witchchild
Sep. 30th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Got in from my errands a short time ago and it was still dry out. When I saw your words of rain and looked out the window, I had it too. Well done on everything
greygirlbeast
Sep. 30th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)

I woke to the rain.
ulffriend
Sep. 30th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
I've got Fringe DVRed and waiting until I have the time to really enjoying watching it. I'm so thankful (and not a little shocked) that the TV decision-makers gave it the room for its full arc...if only someone had been willing to do the same for Firefly...
pisceanblue
Sep. 30th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the declaration of subversion in "fuck continuity"(whichever one of you wrote it). And I agree with your footnote, too much of SF these days has gone prissly up its own ass chasing the illusion of realism when all that matters in any genre are those aspects which make a story great. And if you can't deliver in regards to those things then you have failed as a storyteller, however strict your science may be.

Edited at 2012-09-30 09:01 pm (UTC)
rivervox
Sep. 30th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Looper
I just want to recommend that you see Looper. It's wonderful speculative fiction with brains & heart.
aarongp
Sep. 30th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Regardless, all that matters is that I am almost halfway through.

Does this mean that the Black Gate is at least in sight?



Edited at 2012-09-30 09:08 pm (UTC)
sovay
Oct. 1st, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
I don't know what they teach the kids at Clarion and other writing sweatshops, but when I make outlines, when I plot before the fact, it looks like this (usually one card per chapter)

I like that photo simply as a work of art.

I really, really need to see Fringe.
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girfan
Oct. 1st, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Fringe! We are watching seasons 1-3 on DVD to refresh our memories and hope we get the new series this week (last season, the UK got it within the same week of the US showing).
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