Saturday Summation – 16 March 2013

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…

 

Writing Stuff

Two very different authors (and probably more) had news this week that they were going to publish books about writing. One of them made me think, “um, what?” and the other probably has some relevant experience as both an author and a former literary agent. I think it’s an interesting phenomenon that happens with writers that as soon as we have success we must prove it to everyone by showing how to do it. Does this happen in other professions?

I got a kick out of Ben Yagoda’s post on grammatical errors that aren’t really errors. While I don’t particular like his excuse of “it was just made up” that he gives for a couple of them, I think they are worthwhile reminders. I have long since discovered that we can’t always avoid ending a sentence with a preposition without making the sentence unnecessarily awkward, but I’m not sure I’m onboard with his indifference to the expression, “I could care less.”

Jane Lebak on the QueryTracker blog talks about how sometimes, “going through the motions” can lead to real results. It’s another take on “write something every day” and pushing through, in spite of believing you are simply at a writing “break”.

Finally, I read an extremely compelling piece about the presence of rape scenes (and rape scenarios) in fiction from author Sophia McDougall where she examines what is authentic and what is realistic. It’s a very long piece, but if you have the time, I urge you to read it. She offers strong examples and relevant data (as well as finally showing one other person who will join me in not reading any more in the A Song of Ice and Fire [Game of Thrones] series). It is cross-posted here (NewStatesmen) and on her own blog.

 

Song of the Week

I dragged my husband along to a Tyrone Wells concert last night and props to Wells for a good show, but in truth, I didn’t buy the tickets to see him – I bought them to see one of his opening acts, Brendan James. Not being backed by a full band, his act paled in comparison, but I love this guy’s piano work (which really did manage to fill the room more when he dug down into it) and his lyrics. Here is one of his new songs he performed last night (though  this is not last night’s actual performance) and will be on an upcoming album – “Windblown”

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4 Responses to Saturday Summation – 16 March 2013

  1. It does happen in other professions. It’s why “consultants” exist.

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    • ProfeJMarie (Janet Rundquist) says:

      Ah! I suppose that’s true. I’ll try not to let it bother me. 😛 Or maybe I’ll just join the ranks when I become a wild publishing success because it’s the thing to do.

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  2. swnetrzak says:

    Thanks for the link to Sophia’s article. Really a very interesting read. I, too, was quite struck by the scene in Skyfall. Very unexpected, and I have to say I love the way Bond dealt with it. It was true to both characters…it was just a little sad that because they were two male characters, it causes such a ruckus.

    Also, you know I enjoyed the grammar rules article! 🙂 I’m working through my ending sentences with a preposition issue… It’s tough!

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    • ProfeJMarie (Janet Rundquist) says:

      Well, I’ll admit to being sensitive to ending with a preposition, too and look upon it as a good revision exercise to create a tighter sentence. In dialogue, however, is where I loosen up the most in order to keep conversation authentic.

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