Posts tagged with "undertow" - Faerye Net 2008-12-08T20:46:54+00:00 Felicity Shoulders Little bit o' news 2008-12-08T20:46:54+00:00 2008-12-09T10:26:06+00:00 <p>Sorry I&#8217;ve been a bad blogger of late, folks. I&#8217;ll whip something up soon.</p> <p>At any rate, I wanted to share my little bit of news: check out this list of this quarter&#8217;s <a href="" target="links"> Honorable Mentions in the Writers of the Future Contest</a>. Oh, okay, it&#8217;s a long list, I won&#8217;t make you search. I&#8217;m on there.</p> <p>I was finally convinced to try sending to WotF for the first time this quarter &#8212; I&#8217;m still eligible because I&#8217;ve only had one pro sale. When I decided to start entering, there were only a few days left before the deadline, so I sent in a fabulist short story from my <a href="" target="links">thesis</a> even though I wasn&#8217;t sure it was a great fit for the contest. But it got an Honorable Mention, so I think that constitutes &#8216;encouragement&#8217;. I feel encouraged, at any rate!</p> Affectation and authenticity (not an Austen novel) 2007-03-12T16:01:34+00:00 2008-06-08T12:14:05+00:00 <p>Today I am engaged, one way or another, in writing. Unfortunately, in the world outside Faerye Net, I cannot simply create a bizarre world and genre &#8211; Dickensian urban dark fantasy, shall we say? &#8211; and expect the reader to like it or leave. Out in the world, it is the reader &#8211; editor, professor, etc. &#8211; who tells me to leave! This puts me in the position of having to please my audience to a far greater degree than I must here. At the same time, my best work can only come from being true to myself, and who wants to be false?</p> <p>That brings us to today&#8217;s difficulty; rephrasing on the fly. My current project is written from the point of view of a little girl circa 1910. Usually I would use this hundred year gap not only to insulate myself from the demands of realism, but to partially justify my habitual vocabulary and verbal style.<p> <p>However, today I find myself scratching out &#8216;likewise&#8217;, &#8216;pinnacle&#8217;, uncertainly wavering between &#8216;octopuses&#8217; and &#8216;octopodes&#8217;. I tell myself that a little girl would not speak that way, regardless of era. I tell myself that by modulating my verbal eccentricity in these few respects, I draw in the reader and win her trust for more plot-crucial, global oddities. I ask myself, is that true, or are you merely trying to please your professor? I tell myself, I am striving for an unbroken impression of authenticity! <em>Authenticity?</em> I hoot, you <em>do</em> actually speak that way! It&#8217;s not as if it&#8217;s affected for your writing. Ah, says the pragmatic Felicity, but is the way you actually speak affected?</p> <p>Sigh. I am so confused.</p>