Tuesday, January 3, 2017

On writing reviews

Dear Peter,

Sorry I wasn't more articulate or indepth, etc., in that book review as it was a "repeat" performance. Then, because you asked me to write a review,  I felt compelled to read the entire collection. Catholic guilt.... LOL.

I slogged over the other stories. I even fell asleep in the middle of a few of them. Then I had mixed feelings about the collection itself. Your story was, by far, the best in the collection. Such a powerful voice. And spare prose. Kudus!

I lost the original note I sent you, and l can never seem to reconstruct lost writing. None of that BS: "well, the next post will be better because you had practice." There is no practice. There is only writing. Each attempt at writing is its own progeny.

In my book, lost writing is lost writing. Whatever that drive is (no matter how mundane), it's always a one-off experience. I'm just along for the ride, holding on for dear life as the writer's voice charges along like a rhino on the randan. That's why I have to grab the "voice" when it comes....full steam ahead.

Here's the odd thing: I like good fantasy writing, but there's so much BAD stuff out there, I avoid it like the plague. I adamantly refuse to take a chance on most new fantasy writers. I'm freakin' bored to death.

If you must know, I once took umbrage with Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea Trilogies—the moment of discovery that Na' was Napa—flooded just pissed me off, a cheap bank shot. I never forgave her. Ridiculous, I know.

So I punished that book by using it as a mousepad for ten years. I've got a bad Irish sci-fi book in mousepad hell at present. I probably should do a catch and release with it. Let it go.

Luckily I can't turn bad ebooks into mousepads, otherwise I'd have to get another room to write in.

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