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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Notes, Fragmenta

Today: 3000 words.

Not enough, but it’s the start of something so that’s okay. These things build momentum. Stories are storms of action + emotion, there are lulls where you can layer in all the exposition and setting details, let the Readers catch a glimpse of their surroundings, and then there are the rising winds of foreshadowing + threat, the explosion of emotional beats, immediate character catharsis – and then the winds change.

Especially so with proprietorial work, there is a delivery of experience that has to be met. Avoid formulaism. Always try to include a shock, an unexpected call-out, a new direction. But writing work is still work, I have my numbers that I have to hit by the end of the day if the contract is going to pay.

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Finished Mr. King’s Revival which is of course, excellent. I read King as much for enjoyment as I do writerly education. It’s like a masterclass in voice and character.

But however, on the recommendation of Orbital Operations (Dr. Ellis’s newsletter) am now working through Lavie Tidhar’s Central Station which is just joyous–when I refixed my head to the books parameters. All novels are like that, I think. They are (should be?) their own little ecology, and you have to learn how to read it. Only at the start right now, but a few of Mr. Tidhar’s elements really chime with me: 1. His willingness to mess with the rules of genre writing. Kinda magical realist imagery in a SpecFic world. 2. The fact that his future Israel-Palestine is like now but turned up. That Cory Doctorow quote, when he was once asked about what he thought the future would become: “like this..but MORE. More good stuff, more bad stuff…” (more genetic engineering, more prejudice, more AI, more poverty, more inequality, more interesting ways to be free [my own words]).

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Final Space is actually really good. Fight me.

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Documentaries:

Watched hardly any this month. I’m always looking for more online documentaries, and I think that I have finally exhausted Films for Action. TopDocs, and Youtube. Sometimes, I really wish that Youtube would change their filters preferences:

[] Short

[] Long

[] Upload Date

[] Not batshit crazy

[] Not thinly-veiled NeoCon/Oil Dollar/PsyOp propaganda (delete where appropriate)

Freedom Riders from Top Documentary Films/available elsewhere/ was beautiful and inspiring though. Quaker Action. An insight into the movement that catalyzed the Civil Rights movement in the US?

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My wife has just reliably informed me that she has just made bioplastic out of bananas. I am painfully aware that come the Climate Change Apocalypse/Revenge of the Space-Lizards I will not be the one doing the surviving:

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And this doculog for future alien anthropologists is over for today. Be kind to each other.

 

 

Solnit’s Ax

…hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency…

You row forward looking back, and telling this history is a part of helping people navigate the future. We need a litany, a rosary, a sutra, a mantra, a war chant of our victories. The past is set in daylight, and it can become a torch we can carry into the night…

Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities 2016

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