Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…
Do you know why so many people love Jane Austen? Because she wrote commercial fiction. What’s that you say? Your English teacher or professor called it literature? Well yes that is because, as Elizabeth Edmonton in The Guardian says, time and posterity made it that way, not because it actually fits the mold of what we call literary fiction. Read on in her post because it’s always kind of nice to have someone supporting commercial fiction and our right to fully enjoy it and not feel inferior about liking it better than literary fiction. (More of my own thoughts about literary fiction here.)
There was a big hubbub over a rape scene in the TV version of Game of Thrones this week. Basically, those who decried it opposed both the supposed change in the scene from page to screen and also the nature of including yet another incident of violence against women in this series. Sonia Soraiya presents an interesting analysis of this change. One of the things she does is give the print scene to help us determine if rape really was part of Martin’s book. When I read it, I wondered if the show had made that much of a leap. I’m certainly not a fan of the series in general (my original review plus check out Sami Lee’s comment on Chuck Wendig’s related post as it helps me feel validated about not liking it), and this sort of scenario only amplifies my feelings about it.
I happened upon a new blog this week (new to me) when reading a post about writing emotion. It’s a pretty interesting look at the psychology behind how and what we remember with emotion and how to apply it to our characters and story. I enjoyed this more academic angle – and the kind of thing that drives a lot of my own emotional scenes.
This made me laugh this week: a Chrome extension that will change any instance of “literally” in a web document to “figuratively”. If the prolific misuse of “literally” drives you batty, then this might be just the thing to help lighten things up for you.
Given my anxiety about my writing and being in the hard waiting game of being on submission, this kind of post from Writer Unboxed is timely. How do we deal with failure? And is the real difference in that we don’t call it failure, but just the lesson and building block to move on to the next thing?
Song of the Week:
I’ve looked for distractions for myself this week, but one thing that has helped has been to delve into the playlist of the novel that is the one that will hopefully be published in the near future. It’s helping me celebrate all the joy that the manuscript has given me and motivating me to keep plugging away on the newest one. Here is one of the songs from that playlist – “Our Song” by Matchbox Twenty