August 3rd, 2006

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

Swings and roundabouts...

Mailbag, 3 August 2006:

- my authors' copies of the SPanish and Catalan editions of "Jin Shei". ALl right, Catalan (and this is the first time I've tripped over the language, ever) looks SERIOUSLY weird - like Spanish with a bad case of French spelling. There are distinct similarities to SPanish, but they're lulling - and just as you thought you had a grip on it, it eels out of your mind and goes *somewhere else* and you're thinking, holy cow, WHERE did this word come from?... Catalan is the first of what I call my Weird Language Collection, languages with which I've had absolutely nothing to do before (the other two are Turkish and Lithuanian) and it's been a trip looking at that familiar book and going "Whuh?" on every line. I have no clue, of course, as to what the translation's like - I'll just have to trust the translator. But I'm tickled to bits. Catalan. Go FIGURE.

- a rejection note from Weird Tales, inviting me to send them other stuff but that the current offering had been "too much of a downer" for them. [blink] Okay. I've got to find something bright and cheerful to send back to Weird Tales.

I"m about a third of the way through the revisions on the novel, and today was a bit of a washout because I had errands that had to be done - mailing some stuff, rdeck had a doctors' appointment, stuff like that. TOmorrow, back to the grindstone. I think I can manage another five or six chapters tomorrow. The thing won't go out on Friday as I had hoped, but the agent will have it in her office on Monday. Good enough.
Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

Just because it bears repeating...

...and a friend (as well as a wonderful writer) said it on her blog:

Are there times when you should give up on a particular work? Probably, if you are still learning your trade. The novice wood carver who ruins his piece of wood has to throw it away, after all.

But for someone with a proven track record to say they have writer's block is a different thing altogether. It's the job of a professional to work until you get it right. A professional should have the tools to do that, to take the synopsis and rework it into something different if the first approach didn't come out right. To take that flat, lifeless chapter and turn it sentence by sentence into something that sings.

Writing is more than just a brilliant idea. It's work, just like any other job.

Writer's block? I have no time to think about it.

Lots of other neato stuff there too. Go look.