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.

 

 

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