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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

  My failed attempts at fiction

Tom Trumpinskijust finished writing his first book, which takes its title from The Hellbound Train. I'm sending a lot of empathy, joy and jealousy his way. One thing that he wrote that really struck home: writing makes you insufferable, and yet you need stability and support while you are wandering around inside your mind - and on another planet.

I've been there while writing, too - I try to reassure people that the real me will be back soon - when I remember - weeks later - that maybe I was being a bastard....

Tom also penned some good tips while his ordeal was still fresh in his mind.

He actually *read* Steven King's book "On writing". I didn't. I thought the audiobook was much better. I could listen to it while NOT writing, in the car, or on the beach, mixed in with some prog-rock. To this day I still hear King's voice and the Moody Blues at the same time, in a combination much like that of Stephen Hawking and Juno Reactor on "Transmissions".

These days I can toss off a decent 1000-1200 word essay in half a day. 3000 words takes me a month. 9,000 words takes me somewhere between a year and forever. It's frustrating as hell, and that doesn't even count my sorry attempts at fiction like the below:

After the anniversary...

The next morning she got up early and made tea for herself, and coffee for me. I woke with the breath of her kiss on my forehead, and the taste of a biscuit in my mouth. Her smile illuminated the whole world.

As the real sun rose, we sat in chairs by the window.

A prism dangled against the light - it was a figure, a Michaelangelo figure, five pointed, arms and legs spread, stretched out, reaching in to the room, and at the same time, trying to fly, like Daedalus.

The light illuminated dust motes in the air and glimmered, here and there, against the carpet.

Later on, we went for a walk. There was still a slight winter chill in the air, but the spring flowers were blooming, and we walked hand in hand down to... well, nowhere really, we just walked, and laughed, and chatted, and the day passed like thousands of days before them, and ultimately, became night.



There's nowhere to go from there. It's all cliches from there on out.

The Casablanca version:

The pathological serial murderer version:Or the poisoner: The ghost story:The hard techno-pR0n version:And let's not forget the zombie story!



I kind of like the last one, actually.

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Comments:
Sh*t! So *that's* the problem?

I drive alot, I'm always 'writing ' the story when I drive. I don'
t even know what the story is. It's (according to Harlan) 'speculative fiction', and that's about all I know.

But sometimes I gasp when I think of what I told someone on the phone, when I was speculating in a fictional way, and they thought I was actually thinking like it.

that folks put up with me anyway, is amazing, considering.

So, I guess what I really need to do, is write it, and give it up for folks to read, rather than try to have conversations as if I was one of my characters then. Better all around for all involved.

I never even thought about it before.

Thanks kindly.


BTW,
Seems Hans has copped after all.
Oh well.
 
I think that's why writers congeal in groups. It is more possible to separate the method actor from the method if that's what you are expecting when you get together.

Having that conversation in that mindset allows you to develop the character more, so don't give it up, just try to channel it for opportune times.

If - one day - you are acting like a zombie killer because that's what you are writing about - it's really hard to get your girlfriend to make coffee for you unless she understands your mindset....

BRAINS! I WANT MY COFFEE WITH BRAINS!

Yes, dear.

YOUR BRAINS!

That's nice, dear.

IN A CUP MADE FROM YOUR SKULL, WITH YOUR BROWN HAIR STILL DANGLING IN IT!.

Very good, dear. Do you want the almond cream... A biscotti, perhaps?

MMMM. CRUNCHY SKULL BITS...

Biscotti it is. Want sex after you are done this chapter?
 
After writing the prior comment, I realized just how self centered it was...

But I'll get back inside her her head after I finish writing this scene....
 
Zombie pron.
I'm telling you, you're a natural.
 
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