Essays. Meanderings and mutterings. Lots of photos of our cat. Counting coup on fifty years existence.
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Posted by Zhoen on Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Peekaboo. Is that you?
Heh, I like that one. Cat-like.
Funny how one gets ideas about the people whom one reads on the Internet - based on god knows what (mis-)interpretations and hasty readings.If that is you, then you are much younger than I imagined...Nice photo in any case.
C'est moi. And I am 43. And now, I'm even older. And now, I'm even older...And very touched by all of your praise. But as I get to my mid-November writing, I am finding my quality of writing slid far, far down. This will take some rewriting and draconain editing. Arggghh. Snarl.
Captivating glance !
43 is a good age, and still younger than I imagined you to be :-)Does anyone else have to stop for a moment and calculate "this is 2005 minus 1958, um, I'm 47!" I can never remember from one day to the next how old I am, I always have to work it out."Pi" is worth any amount of rewriting you have to do, it's a cut-but-not-yet-polished diamond or an un-iced cake.
It's a very painterly photo ... like a section from a Renaissance master. I have a confession to make … I haven't read all of Pi yet … I need to start from the beginning -- which I shall do!You know, Jane Smiley's advice in "13 Ways of Looking at the Novel" is to just keep writing -- and don't even worry about editing through your first read-through of the work -- so hold off on those draconian measures just yet!
Oh, that is the only way I managed to lay down 50,000 words in a month. It was all about word count, nothing more than spelling correction. NOW comes the editing. But this is just my own self edit, I earnestly want some real editor to get hold of it. Which simply ain't gonna happen. Not publishable. Still, I'm vastly enriched going through the process. My esteem for my most beloved authors soars.
I am only halfway through reading what you have here, but I agree with all the others who said in their comments that this is riveting -- so I hope you'll keep working on it. Indeed, like someone else already said, you have an ear for dialogue -- and by that I mean that you compress it like poetry in order to bring out its fullest force for moving the story forward, for getting a deeper look into character, too!Well, anyway ... I must tear myself away from reading for the moment, since I have to help make dinner.
i like the photo ... :-)
Speaking as a reader, I think Pi is eminently publishable. What makes you think it's not? (feel free to e-mail me if the answer itself is unpublishable: udgewink at yahoo dot de)
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