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Just to give myself a rough idea of how far along I am in the first draft of editing the raw translation of this book:

9967 / 38139 (26.13%)


It's not a particularly long book. :) More of a novelette or a novella, in fact. The target wordcount there is the number of words in the raw translation, and the number of words written is the number of words in the sections I've gotten through so far. (I have actually removed about 1000 words from the raw translation, some of which are the translator's notes to me, but quite a lot of which are extraneous.)

edit to remind myself of the URL where I got this meter code: http://honorless.net/progressbar.htm
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(No TDKR spoilers here!) So we watched TDKR this pst weekend, and while it's got a lot of problems (we spent the drive back asking each other "But how did they do [X]?" and "Shouldn't [Y] be completely different?" and "What was up with [Z]?"), I gotta say that the movie's portrayal of Bane hit me right in the narrative kink, partially for reasons that are MOVIE-DESTROYING SPOILERS that I can't talk about in the sort of post I want to make. (but which, if you remember me discussing the subject in the past, you might be able to suss out. :D)*

So: what characteristics of characters hit you right in the narrative kink? Even if the rest of the story is falling apart around them and the plot makes no sense whatsoever, what makes you fixate on a character and keep reading/watching/listening just for more of them?



* Well, fine, rot-13** for MOVIE-DESTROYING SPOILER: Jryy, svar: lbh unir gur qhb bs gur ovt oehvfre (JUB VF NEGVPHYNGR NAQ ERNFBANOYL VAGRYYVTRAG!) naq gur jrr vaabprag (ng yrnfg va gur cnfg!). Rira gubhtu bar bs gur JGS?! jr jrer gnyxvat nobhg ba gur qevir ubzr jnf JNVG, URE QNQ UNGRQ NAQ RKVYRQ UVZ OHG UR JNF FGVYY UNCCL GB SHYSVY URE QNQ'F CYNA ORPNHFR VG JNF JUNG FUR JNAGRQ?! Nygubhtu V unir gb nqzvg gung V ernyyl yvxr gur erirefny bs jung zbivrf hfhnyl qb, va gung vg'f hfhnyyl gur jbzna jub'f fb qribgrq gb n zna gung fur'f jvyyvat gb fnpevsvpr nalguvat naq rirelguvat sbe uvf tbnyf.

** Back in 5th grade a friend and I wrote notes to each other in a similar code, just moving the letters one over instead of 13. I got so I could read (and write!) 90% of what we wrote without the work of deciphering.

AKICILJ/DW

Jun. 29th, 2012 01:01 pm
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So! I need a name for a campus organization devoted to watching/discussing movies/films. A film society, as it were. Difficulty level: it cannot be "Film Society" or something really close to that.

Context below and another question )
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Retronaut posts vintage photos of smiling Victorians. Part 2. (Although to be pedantic, many of these are smiling Edwardians.)

And to change the subject...you know, I'm not sure I could be one of those id writers, the kind that regurgitates the contents of their id onto the paper and sometimes ends up selling millions *coughAnneBishopcough*. Every so often I have dreams that I wake up from going "Man, that would make a good book," and as I wake up more I realize that I'd probably be embarassed to write that up and have people going "You wrote that? You wrote that?" And they're not anywhere near as ridonkulous as others *coughAnneBishopcough*.

Case in point, last night's dream... )
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Perhaps apropos to my previous post, I just ran across a comment by hapax on the Slacktiverse, to a post about the book Twilight. In part:
I really don't think Meyer's writing is shallow at all. I would instead call it exceptionally "porous"; it is, as many people have pointed out, so lightly sketched that it is very easy for the reader to project their own fantasies, desires, and concerns (or, with some of her critics, their own anxieties and wounds).

Which is why I also can enjoy the TWILIGHT books, even re-reading them with a critical eye, much more than the HUNGER GAMES books. Whatever else Collins' writing may be, it is concrete -- detailed, grounded, comprehensive, in a way that makes it look like solid granite compared to the wispy latticework that is Meyer's style.

Unfortunately, that means when a crack appears -- illogical worldbuilding, an unappealing character, even a niggling inconsistency -- it is much more difficult to ignore or handwave away. It grates on me constantly, to the point that I couldn't even finish the trilogy.
(Unfortunately I can't link directly to the comment - the date/time looks like it ought to, but doesn't. :/ It's Mar 26, 2011 at 09:11 PM.)

That may be part of the Lackey appeal, at least to me. I whine and rail abut the flaws I see, but they don't stop me reading.
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And now for the other thing I've been mulling over in my mind since the quick posts while reading Mercedes Lackey a few days back, and a lot more about the writing than the other one was.

Lackey does do some things very well: inchoate teenage angst, for one thing. That feeling you are all alone in a hostile world that doesn't understand you or recognize you as an individual of worth and feeling ... and then the experience of becoming special, a chosen one, who falls into a group of accepting, welcoming individuals who reassure you and spur you on to do great things. And she's got the trick of tapping directly into the id when she's really trying to do so. *coughVanyelcough*

What she does not do very well, however, is conflict.1

(Keep in mind that I'm mostly referring to the Valdemar books, here, as I'm more familiar with those, although I haven't read them all. And I don't think I've read any of her co-written books, either. At least not published since 1995 or so.)

Her first series were, I think, edited more closely than the later ones, and her tendency to amiably wander down the lanes of daily minutia while ignoring any need for an outside threat reined in.2 But that leads into another thing she does fairly well, which is one of the reasons I periodically pick her books up.3
Read more... )
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I've mentioned him before, but in case you totally forgot*, Fred Clark at Slacktivist is a Christian blogger who is going, very slowly, through the apocalyptic Tribulation Force novels and pointing out just exactly how bad they are: bad theology, bad writing.

Today's entry is most excellent: he rips apart a scene where the main character** and his maybe-almost-possibly girlfriend are walking through an airport and stop to buy a cookie from a bored teenager, to whom the main character is rude.

What makes this so good is that you have to remember that this book supposedly takes place after the Rapture, when all the saved and the innocent have been bodily taken to heaven. Which includes all the children. The way the books are written, nobody is affected by this emotionally. Nobody.*** But really: if a huge chunk of the world's population vanishes and nobody knows why, are you really going to get a bored teenager working at a cookie kiosk?

So Clark writes his own segments from the viewpoint of the cookie-kiosk owner and the "bored" teenager that works there. And ... I'd read that book.





* You don't actually remember everything I say here? SAY IT AIN'T SO!

** I can't call him a hero. That would require him to actually do something.

*** None of the sinners and unbelievers have a clue what happened, either. Because we're apparently too stupid to know anything about religion. Cue the link going around today to the article about the study that shows atheists know more about religion than Christians. (I got 14 out of 15 correct.)****

**** There's a 10-question version here you might be able to get into if the other one is slashdotted.

Writers!

Aug. 25th, 2010 10:07 pm
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Writers who use special software for your writing other than, say, Word: what do you use (that is compatible with Windows)? I was casting about for something that would let me organize notes and things into one file along with the draft, but OF COURSE when I'm not looking for such a thing, people post reviews and mentions all over my f-list, but when I am looking for such a thing, I can find nary a mention. (and Googling gives me lots and lots of people willing to sell me such software, but nothing giving me honest reviews...)
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This will make no sense to you unless you've read this previous snippet from far too long ago.

And probably still won't afterward.

Cut for text )
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Bite-Size Edits, editing via the intartubes.

Basically, someone uploads their text to the site and it gets served out, one sentence at a time randomly (and you can restrict who sees it, apparently), to people who sign up to be editors. the editors can edit the sentence (it seems to post the previous and subsequent sentences before and after the snippet, for context), approve it as is, or edit and add a note. Check the FAQ for their explanation of why and how nobody sees your full text.

WAY TOO ADDICTIVE. I can stop editing any time now! I can!

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