Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Book Reviews: From political histories to bad comics, to bad comics of political histories. And the occasional rant about fiction and writing.

Reading after midnight

Jerry Stratton, November 5, 2011

Nothing keens my writing axe more than knowing I’m about to read it out loud to a bunch of other writers. That one of them is Mark Clements definitely helps. And it is especially true when I’m doing something odd like tDoPB. Which I’m keeping a bit of a secret right now because I’m still not sure I’m going to be able to pull it off.

That’s why I did the temporary podcast of FlameWar. Not too many people listened to it, but those who did mattered. It made me paranoidally aware of every error. I even got some feedback, although that wasn’t the purpose.

Reading with an impending reading in mind makes a huge difference.

Even when the reading is at 2 am. Mark Clements runs a late-night read-and-critique that’s possibly the best read-and-critique I’ve taken part in. The other sessions are all limited by time; this one is not: we go until we have nothing left to say and then Mark wraps it up and we move to the next reading.

A couple of quotes from today’s sessions:

Warren Lewis:

My resume says I lecture frequently. Unfortunately I usually do it at home alone in the bathtub.

An attentive poet does with words what snipers do with bullets… but there’s less paperwork involved.

Raymond Feist:

I love books. I stopped tearing the pages out of books when I was two. I stopped eating them when I was three.

“Is it closer to walk? No, it’s never closer to walk.”

In response to La Jolla Writers Conference, 2011: Score one for Apple’s non-removable batteries. I have an awesome Olympus Pen in my bag… and the battery is sitting in the charger back in my apartment. Which means I’m using the lesser camera in my iPad. So I’m not sure you can see the rain in this photograph that’s keeping the lawn free of lounging authors.

  1. LJWC wrap-up ->