Terry Pratchett wanted his unpublished manuscript partials destroyed, so his daughter did it with a bulldozer.
Good for her.
There’s a reason writers don’t want their unpublished stuff published after death, and it’s the same reason they didn’t want it published during life: it’s bad. Even if it’s an early draft that could have turned into something good, it’s still bad. And no writer wants her or his last publication to be bad, or even mediocre, especially if he or she already knows it’s bad or mediocre. Destroying unpublished manuscripts is a good thing; just ask Harper Lee. Continue reading
I love summer, but enough is enough. Also September is my favorite month. School starts and there are books EVERYWHERE.
So whatcha reading?
I re-watched Morning Glory last night; I love that movie, and I’m trying to understand why it never got any traction in theaters in spite of a sterling cast and a solid concept. My conclusion: Snotty critics who disapprove of the genre (lightweight comedy) and truly bad marketing. I’m annoyed.
Today is Dog Day.Like I’d pick anything else, although today is also Continue reading
Atlas Obscura has a fun post on the manicule, that pointing hand that has been showing up in infinite variety in manuscripts for centuries. And of course I want a stamp of that because I can put it on manuscripts that I’m editing and . . .
Okay, I just want a stamp of a woman’s finger pointing. Which is when I made an annoying discovery:
There’s a reason they call them MANicules. Continue reading
I thought for a moment I’d lost Nita’s Act Two. A quarter of the book. A GOOD quarter of the book. Thank god I found it. That’s my good book Thursday.
You know what to do.
Netflix’s The Defenders dropped on Friday morning, and I considered dropping it Friday night. Why? It’s an eight-episode story, and at the end of the third episode, the four protagonists finally met. Everything up till then? Exposition and back story. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. Continue reading
Today is Break the Monotony Day. Except, I don’t wanna.
There’s a lot to be said for a solid foundation of sameness when there are butterflies in your brain. Find some quiet and get in touch with your butterflies. Continue reading
So thanks to all of you, I have been reading up a storm lately and not watching TV at all. Weird. I’ve been doing series–the Lockwood books were a lot of fun, the Myron Vale books were not–in between looking at my own book with new eyes. The best news, though, is that Michael Sheen and David Tennant are starring in Amazon’s six-episode mini-series of Good Omens. OMG, when that comes out, I’m goin’ back to TV. (Actually, I’ll be back when Legends returns in October, but definitely for Good Omens.)
In the meantime, I’m sitting in front of a fan with a dachshund lying on his back beside me. No parasol, though. So what good book have you read this week?
The fabulous Lois McMaster Bujold is discussing her latest novella, “Penric’s Fox,” with the fabulous Eight Ladies Writing right now. From our Micki:
“Lois McMaster Bujold’s new novella, “Penric’s Fox” came out last Tuesday, and she’s agreed to answer three questions about writing it for the Eight Ladies Writing Blog (August 12, 2017: Michaeline: Lois McMaster Bujold and Three Questions About Writing “Penric’s Fox”). I hope you’ll come over to see what she has to say about process. The new novella is the third in the Penric series, but the fifth she’s completed, which I found fascinating. How does a writer write out of order like that? It’s all about writing what wants to come next.”
You cannot go wrong with Bujold, or with the Eight Ladies, for that matter. Go check it out.