|Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 11:33 am: |
If you want to avoid being bitch-slapped by the meerkat...
Never, but ever, say or post within my sight that writing a novel is -so- much more difficult than writing short fiction. Especially MOST especially if you're basing that opinion on how many words you're writing per form.
Ugliness will follow. Soon, and possibly with the backhand of a pro tennis player.
I suspect that this is akin to the "Mac vs Windows" debate. In other words, people hold very strong opinions on either side and rarely agree. It's probably best to just hold your tongue when someone basically says "oh, that's so easy" about something you just spent a portion of your life and soul sweating over. But I'm Pissed now.
If you equate work's "difficulty level" to how long it takes you, then yeah,I suppose a novel is more difficult. I, personally, don't equate it that way. At all.
A short story is not a miniature novel, or even a shorter novella. It's a short story. Different structure, different styles, different requirements. A very different mindset. Not everyone can do both. Hell, very few people, statistically speaking, can even do _one_!
They're both damn difficult, a novel to sustain over a long period of time, with internal symmetry and tension. A short story, to craft in a short period of time so that every single word is effective, every sentence evocative, and your intent is communicated to the reader both smoothly and swiftly, without skimping on dialogue, character development, or world-building. There's no safety net, no second chance.
Yeah, there are short stories that don't do that. There are novels that fail miserably too. But in point of fact, it's more common to fail in a short story than it is in a novel, because you have fewer places to hide.
And once you've pissed me off enough to go into this rant, never ever ever come back with Miss Thang attitude. Because then I will bitch slap you into tomorrow. Maybe even next year.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - 04:35 pm: |
and, courtesy of the Esteemed Idiot from Texas...
Lord knows, there's stuff out there that turns my stomach, and I'm all and more for keeping it of-age and consenting and whatnot. But there's a huge range of "pornography" -- smutfic, hard-core porn, child pornography, sexy soft-focus photos, how-to sexual position guides, Red Shoe Diaries, Mapplethorpe... and I suspect The Prez isn't really capable of making any distinction among them. Certainly not in a pre-election year.
Folks, I feel like it's my given duty as a card-holding Troublemaker and general non-Republican to go read some smut. Hell, maybe I'll even write some!
Come on, let's all do it! Pick up a smutrag. Read Fanny Hill. Order some Spice TV pay-per-view!
"Old books can be indecent books,
Though recent books are bolder.
For filth, I'm glad to say,
Is in the mind of the beholder.
When correctly viewed,
Everything is lewd.
I could tell you things about Peter Pan
And the Wizard of Oz - there's a dirty old man!"
(thank you, Tom Lehrer)
Disgusted of Brighton
|Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 12:52 am: |
FILTH! IT'S ALL FILTH, I TELL YOU!!! Sorry, just had to get that out of my system. Ah, that's better.
Governments do seem to do this from time to time, and what happens over here, at least, is that the tabloids get hold of it and start stirring up the more unthinking segment of the population with a series of fulminating columns, usually opposite the topless young lady on page 3.
Last time this happened, the focus of which concerned released sex offenders, an Angry Mob (tm) went round to a local pediatrician's house and trashed it, since your average Angry Mob isn't very good at spelling, either.
>Come on, let's all do it! Pick up a smutrag. Read Fanny Hill. Order some Spice TV pay-per-view!
Well, you already know about my lap-dancing class...
|Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 03:56 am: |
Yeah, curious, isn't it, how elected officials get this uncontrollable urge to dictate sexual morality to consenting adults. And even more curious that such prurience is a vote winner. And don't even get me started on the way popular culture slaps an 18 cert on any movie with exposed genitalia, but lets your average Resident Evil/Black Hawk Down gorefest slide with a 15. Rant, rant!!!
Laura - with you all the way on the short story thing - it's a very different discipline from novel writing, a highly skilled craft and one I'm crap at. For which reason, I tend to leave it alone and admire those who can do it at a distance.
I think what novel writing (FIRST novel writing at any rate) takes that ss-writing probably doesn't is the long term emotional toughness to believe in the value of what you're writing over a period of quite possibly years, with very little external indication that you're right to hold that belief. Night after night, you go back to your screen and wonder if you're not wasting time that could be better spent having a life. From my very limited experience, you don't get that with shorts.
|Posted on Monday, April 19, 2004 - 09:28 am: |
Submitted without comment (none's really needed)
Air Marshal Leaves Gun in Airport Restroom
Mon Apr 12, 2004 10:35 AM ET
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal air marshal accidentally left her gun in a restroom beyond the security checkpoints at Cleveland Hopkins
International Airport, officials say.
The weapon was discovered by a passenger who alerted an airline employee.
The marshal remained on the job after Thursday's incident when she visited an airport restroom and inadvertently left her gun behind, Dave Adams,
spokesman for the Federal Air Marshal Service in Washington, said Saturday.
The restroom was beyond security checkpoints, airport spokeswoman Pat Smith said. So the risk was that someone could have discovered the gun and
taken it on a flight.
"Right now we're still doing the investigation," Adams said. "It will determine what disciplinary action will be appropriate."
He declined to identify the marshal for security reasons, but said her work in the past had been "outstanding."
The United States deploys armed air marshals disguised as passengers on thousands of flights each week as part of security measures implemented
after the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked airliner attacks that killed about 3,000 people.
Smith said the incident occurred about 4 p.m. on Thursday when the air marshal went to the restroom. While washing her hands, she placed her gun on a shelf, but forgot to take it with her when she left the room.
Soon afterward, a passenger found the gun and informed an airline employee, who removed it and told police. The gun later was returned to
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|Posted on Monday, April 19, 2004 - 10:20 am: |
Oh . . .
Dear . . .
|Posted on Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 06:48 pm: |
*expletive delted* Giants front office. "Not going to overpay," my ass.
If this kid isn't a hall of famer, someone needs to get hung up by their near-and-dears and horsewhipped.
(this rant brought to you by Draft Day, and the stupid-ass idiots in the Big Blue Organization)