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Seeing another Twilight search/replace fic get a seven figure deal from a big name U.S. publishing house suddenly just made me feel proud of what I've written and of my own novel (City of the Hand)


Because I haven't made a lot of money off of it. Medical bills still loom, as does rent and all the other costs of living - but hey. Every tiny little bit is a gift a wonderful gift and I treasure it. I'm not complaining, because it's still more than zero, and it's still something.

It's still work I did that people out there loved enough to say "here's some money, precious money, that you can have because of this tale you told me". It's basically just a text file. It doesn't even have cover art, though I'd love to have something to show what the main character looks like.

It sure isn't the perfect book. Maybe the plot slows in the middle or the characters read flat or there's a load of cliches or the antagonist comes off as shallow and unbelievable or the ending's predictable.

Maybe all those things.

But I didn't search and fucking replace the names of anyone else's characters. I didn't window dress someone else's story and say that I did this great thing. I had influences, I had things I drew on, authors who inspired me with their works, certainly. Nothing is ever 100% original. I'm sure you can see bits and pieces of them in there, but I didn't play Ken-and-Barbie with their characters and repackage them to sell to the world.

I did my best. I reached for new things (or new-to-me things) and I put it out there for others to have. For free, even. Because I don't think there should be a sign on literature that says "you must be this wealthy to ride the ride".

I probably won't make seven figures (or hell, three). Probably won't get suddenly famous for this. Or the next book or short story. I'm okay with that. I'm not owed fame and riches just because I showed up, privileged as hell in a society that skews the field in my favor in so many ways.

I just know that I'm proud to say that I didn't have to rename any damn thing in my novel because it was already copyrighted to someone else's name.
megwrites: A moon rising above a darkened landscape in front of a starry night sky. (moonrise)
So, I had a thought while I was singing a cat themed version of "Can't Buy Me Love" to my cat, as you do.

Maybe one of my problems with writing lately isn't so much "oh god, is my work important enough to be worth writing at all", but that I've got some deeper things to think about.

Actually, let me rewind. Before the part where I belted out a Beatles tune at one of my pets, my mental health took an uptick. Cut for talk of my mental health and meds and brain stuff and depression/anxiety and brief mention of suicidal ideation. )


All this contemplation has lead me to ask some questions and think of some things.

First, is that I think my writing is stymied by the conflict between wanting to really pour myself into my writing, to really own it and turn it into my writing and the belief that I and my experiences and who I am are not worthy of being in a story much less a story that other people will ever see. That's a mix of depression, I think, and good old fashioned self consciousness.

Second, I think I haven't answered some fundamental questions. One being, "Why do I love what I love? Why am I drawn to write certain things?"

For example: I love paranormal romance stories about sexy angels and their tempestuous, somewhat unhealthy relationships with supernaturally powered women? But why do I love it. Why do I love it enough to want to write my own story of that sort? What is about angels, the supernatural, strong women who kick ass that I love? Or vampires or aliens or whatever?

I mean, what is it that I think is so damn cool, so fucking awesome that I'd want someone to sit down and enjoy said type of novel?

Or for that matter, the speculative genre as a whole. Why fantasy fiction or any kind of SF/F? Also, romance, what do I really love about it? What is about telepathy that I like as a feature of some stories or the "stoic, seemingly heartless and cold person falls in love with someone their complete opposite who brings them out of their shell" trope in romance?

I'm still working on that bit, but it seems to me that maybe there's a lot to be mined there. Not just for my own fun, sport, and edification - but also as part of my writing.

I mean (for example) - if I just really fucking love space ships because I think anything that goes "pffwooooomfffffffff" in a big fiery ball and then goes into outer space is just the bee's knees, then focusing on the big fireballs and the power and wonderment of that much fuel and combustibility being harnessed to launch a multi-ton piece of aeronautics into the black abyss of space without blowing the shit out of everything in a ten mile radius is something I should focus on. Because it's what I'm excited about it. It's something that can be a theme in my work, something that I can bring to the table that maybe I see or think about in a way that's new or surprising to others.

So that's my thought for today. And my excuse for an update. May it serve you well and in good health.

TL;DR: Mental health is getting better. It's important to think about why you write stuff and also to sing to cats. But especially the bit about the cats. No great writer ever succeeded without first singing a beloved popular rock song to a cat. Though I might not advise singing "Mrs. Robinson" to a lion or anything. They're universally known to hate folk-rock. It's Queen or nothing for the mighty king of the beasts. THIS IS A COMPLETELY TRUE FACT. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP AT ALL.
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Since I'm feeling in a fairly good mood, I thought I'd open the floor to any comments, questions, remarks, or any random thing you wanted to let me know. Feel free to vent, tell me about something that's going on in your life, let me know what's important to you. Feel like I've missed something or want to get my attention about something, now's the chance!

As a bonus, anonymous is turned on and IP logging is turned off. So feel free to let me know what you think. Anything at all. I'll pretty much respond to anything except really obviously trolling and hating. Actually, I might respond to those with mocking and a visit from Smooshy (the ban hammer of rage).

Okay, IP logging is still on, but everyone's got amnesty.
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1. I'm trying out the Pheonix client for Dreamwidth, so let me know if anything about this entry has turned out wonky or otherwise not as it should be.

2. My husband put the finished draft of my novel into .mobi format and loaded it on our shared Kindle. It was like it was a really real book. I'm tempted to now to just give it away and let people throw money into some kind of tip jar because, eeeee! It looked really nicely formatted and like a real book and everything.

3. I'm still figuring out how to organize that inclusive SF/F writer's group/writer's support and critique comm thing type dealie place majigger. Right now I'm thinking of drawing up a basic statement of beliefs and goals and letting people see if they like it.

A rough list of what the basic statement's tenents would be. I welcome and encourage feedback. Seriously. Talk to me, DW-verse! )

4. I am now consumed by the need to start researching ALL THE FLOWERS AND PLANTS because there's a story somewhere in my head. Not sure where it is, and it's not ready to come out yet, but like a seed opening underground, I know something is going to pop up soon with some sunshine, some rain, and some time.

5. I mentioned this on Twitter and Tumblr, but it's that season again. My birthday is in April and when I get my inevitable gift cards/birthday money, I'm gonna need book recs. My criteria (copied from Tumblr) are:

- Really awesome SF/F or urban fantasy/paranormal romance by authors of color and/or about protagonists of color. The less fail-y the better. God, but I need some good speculative literature right now.

- Steampunk that doesn’t fail.

- Ditto the above for authors who are queer, trans, have a disability, etc.

- Any awesome history books about non-European, non-White people centric history.

- Any books about journaling, drawing, or painting that have been helpful, especially for beginners who don’t have a lot of nifty tools at their disposal.

- Hot, steamy, queeralicious romance, erotica, etc. Will try out heterosexual pairings or situations where it breaks through norms and tropes or otherwise is something besides the same old, same old. Kink is a plus.

- Any good social sciences/culture books about topics relevant to my interests.

- Any good pop science books, particularly on physics, astronomy, astrophysics, biology, or chemistry. ETA: Botany and other natural sciences are good, too.

- Any other books that seem like they’d be right up my alley.

6. This is my dog on Youtube. This is her tail of adventure, action, and whirlwind passion. She is absurd in every possible way and extremely sweet and inordinately fond of citrus and eating cloth. I just wanted to brag about her because she's really cute and sleeping next to me. Yes, she is named after the book/movie but only because she was named "Cora" at the animal control place we adopted her from and we didn't like that. I wanted to name her Sharptooth.

7. I'm on Goodreads. Go add me so I won't be lonely? *sad woe face*.

New layout!

Jan. 5th, 2012 11:12 am
megwrites: A pair of brown glasses on a worn wooden table with a shadowed white wall in the background. (glasses)
Let me know if anything looks weird in the browser you're using or if something is not accessible anymore or things like that. I sorta designed this layout (well, sorta). I mostly just tinkered and chopped away at the basic CSS for Tabula Rasa until it did what I wanted it to do.

You'll need to turn off all your modules except the navigation, unless you want to modify that as well. It may look funky if you don't.

And yes, you can borrow it if you like. And feel free to modify anything and everything. Credit would be super nice.

So, here it is. I call it "Flutterby" and it works with Tabula Rasa:

It looks like this (click for bigger view):

ETA: The problem with the navigation module has been fixed! Sorry for that!

So, let me know if there are any problems and I hope people will like this layout!
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1. I just want to say a big "bless you" to all those authors who put up sample chapters on their sites, and actually start with the first part when they do this. I've come across several authors who want to pull an excerpt from, say, chapter 20 or chapter 10 or some such and I'm like, "THIS DOES NOT HELP ME". The thing is, to understand your book, I need to read it in order. Thus, I need to start from page one. And while chapter 20 may be a page turner, if the first 19 chapters are boring as hell, I'm not going to invest. Which is why I like to start at the beginning. To make sure that your book is giving me a reason to want to read on.

2. I have a really, really evil trouble starting post in my head after seeing some news around the writersphere about a couple of paranormal romance series being discontinued for bad sales according to their authors.

But one in particular really made me want to say some inordinately snarky things. It's not that I relish a fellow writer not meeting with success when they work hard and put their hearts on the line, it's that when said writer pens a book that basically says from front to back, "Sorry, people like YOU aren't good enough to be in this book. People like YOU are too ugly for a Sexy Tiems Paranormal Romance Like This, come back when you're beautiful", I'm not sad to see it leave the shelves. And I feel just a little bit vindicated to know it failed.

The thing is? I'm used to mainstream romance and paranormal romance hating me by exclusion. I'm used to being told I'm not pretty enough because I've got covers and covers and covers of books about skinny heterosexual white chicks staring at me to let me know what is pretty enough. And I've sort of learned to deal and find the hidden gems and live with eternal optimism and not expect too much.

But this book didn't just settle for exclusion, it went right on to face slapping. This one book actually made me leave not just the romance bookshelves (and abandon all the other books I was going to preview and consider buying) but the bookstore. It was during this winter when I was going through a lot of bad mental stuff and there I am, looking for something exciting and fun to read because damn but I needed some relief and *bam*. Hit in the face with the things that have, at times, my made life completely miserable. Things I have to push back against on the daily or cave in to self-harm.

For the moment, I'll table that post because I'm not looking to get into internet drama over it, but one day I may make the post about how writers need to think twice (and thrice) before they decide ignoring big parts of their potential audience is the way to go - because as recent news would seem to bear out, that bigotry isn't working out so well for some people.

3. It being poetry month and me not wanting to post any of my own poems right now, I'll post my favorite Pablo Neruda poem:

Sonnet XI
by Pablo Neruda

I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.

I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.
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1. Dear Hollywood, How's that Bigotry Working Out for You? from the ever awesome, ever righteous, ever asskicking N.K. Jemisin. I kind of want to quote the entire thing, but since that would be redundant and a little sketchy, I'll excerpt the sweet justice for you:

But I have a question. How's that whole bigotry thing working out for you? Financially, I mean.

'Cause, y'know, from where I'm sitting, it doesn't look like this strategy has been especially effective lately. Last year, one of your biggest flops was a beloved children’s TV show that in its original form was chock full of brown people — which you whitewashed. People are still making fun of the monstrosity that resulted. This weekend past, your “female empowerment action fantasy” got the crap beaten out of it by a wimpy kid, in part because it wasn’t empowering at all, and was actually pretty damn misogynistic. Wow, not even your usual demographic, the straight white guys you’re trying so hard to appeal to, liked that one. And I’m already seeing storm warnings on the horizon re a few new projects coming down the pipe.

I can't nod my head enough to show how much I agree with this, with the entire post. How much I want to point to it every time people want to come to me with the argument that whitewashing or manwashing or any other kind of [insert thing]-washing is just good business sense, that well, it's not that moviemakers don't want POC and women (or women of color) or PWD or GLBT folks on screen (or those characters that are all of the above), it's that audiences just prefer white, straight, cis, thin, conventionally attractive folks, that's all. It's just business.

And for that matter, I want to ask the same of the U.S. book industry, especially the genres I read. I want to ask if those stacks and stacks of nearly identical books is really netting them the big bucks (and judging by the recent state of both publishers, presses, and brick'n mortar bookstores in this country, I'm thinking the answer is "Not really"). Is the "let's not scare the nice privileged folks with scary brown queer disabled fat women-type people" policy doing all that they'd hope, are the profit margins getting that much bigger and better?

I've had this fight/discussion/endless go-round before, with people who have worked in the business who try to justify why they need a cover to have a white face when it's not about a white person, or why it's totally okay for an anthology that's 50% women authors to have only men's names on the cover, or why they can't let a gay romance in a YA anthology even when the author has conformed to all the other standards for sexual content.

And yet, I see a book industry in the U.S. that is not doing all that well. I see a book industry where prices keep getting hiked, where bookstores are closing, where authors are testifying about their diminishing returns and the rise of illegal/unpaid e-book downloading.

And I really want to ask the same question: Is it working out for you the way you'd hoped?

2. Semi-related: HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations (link via @tinytempest on Twitter).

I think K. Tempest said it very aptly on Twitter: "this kind of thing is exactly why people pirate eBooks...and I can't say I blame them.".

As both a reader (and lover of libraries) and a writer this makes me give HarperCollins some serious side-eye.
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In case you've noticed (or cared to), I know the postings here have slowed to a veritable crawl and even elsewhere they've slowed in the last couple of months. I'm going to try from here forward to get things going a bit more. Not that I think my wee little DW/LJ is of any major concern to anyone, but I do know it can be a bit of a pain in the butt having someone on your f-list who doesn't post anything or comment a lot.

The reasons for the slow down were that this winter was one of the most difficult I've ever been through, especially mentally. The reasons why, skip if you're not super interested in my mental health or anything like that. Trigger warnings for discussion of depression and anxiety. )

So now that you've all been informed of that, which I know you're all richer for having read, the basic idea is that I hope to start posting more. And to get on that giant backlog of book reviews I have and all the other things.

But here in my part of the world, spring is springing (or trying valiantly to, since it's in the 30's here in NYC) and I'm trying to spring with it. If there's anything I've missed since December or didn't comment on that you wanted me to or anything else, let me know.
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1. The SFWA 2010 Nebula awards nominees have been announced over here. Oh my god. So many worthy people this year. I won't lie, the past few years I have been all, "Oh, Nebula Awards, I am disappoint". But this year? It's on. In the Best Novel category both Nnedi Okorafor and N.K. Jemisin. I am so torn. Can't they both win in a tie of awesomeness? Also, many congrats to Shweta Narayan as well on being nominated for the novella category.

2. Three Days of Fey has begun over on [personal profile] shveta_writes starting with Karen Lord who wrote Redemption in Indigo (which I have got to get a copy of now that I've read this interview) and the other two interviewees will be Karen Healey and Karen Mahoney.

3. A slightly older (in internet time) link - from [personal profile] thingswithwings on "how to defend against accusations of hating queers" about how subtext isn't enough, and how such things as J.K. Rowling proclaiming Dumbledore is gay without bothering to write anything in the books that says he's gay doesn't do a damn thing to bring more (and better) representation of queer folks in fiction. I think it's worth a read or a re-read, because it's something that I think that a lot of authors and readers, especially those who are not queer, may not get.

3b. My brain seems to feel like the above link is related to this post about separating authors from from their work by [personal profile] tablesaw, especially when it comes to divorcing readers from the reading as it is put in the post.

I think my brain may consider these two things related because for an author to say, outside of their writing, that a character is queer without actually writing it is to basically say that a reader who looks at that book and doesn't see a queer character (because it's not actually written in the damn book) is being told that what the author intended or later thought of is more important than what they actually read - which is a lack of representation of people like them.

3c. All of this is much better explored by [personal profile] kaigou in this entry grist for one's own mill which deals with authorial intention, fanfiction, entitlement, and reader vs. author. Also some thoughts on the discussions about illegal e-book downloading and filesharing that were going on a few weeks back, which I'm going to continue to hold my tongue on and do more reading about lest I should unwittingly remove my pants and wave my pale, lardulous buttocks at the internet at large.

4. [personal profile] kaneko wants to know your writing tips and tricks and I need all of y'all who are awesome writers on my f-list (and there are about a metric ton of you) to go over there and share so I can copy your homework and then try to figure out how you did it.

5. [community profile] con_or_bust is open and bidding is going on until March 6th. You should definitely go over there and check it out. Like a lot of folks, Wiscon isn't precisely the most perfect con in my opinion, but it's a feminist science fiction convention and as a feminist (albeit a caucasian one), I believe that feminism and feminist spaces ought to be as radically inclusive of ALL WOMEN as possible. And that definitely means doing what we can to make sure that not just white affluent folks get to go.

And in more selfish terms: oh my god, the shiny things there available. If you've got some cash to spend, there's some serious goodness here to be had. My personal favorite thing? A Copy of Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories plus gorgeous artwork by Shweta Narayan.

ETA: HTML fixed. I swear you mess up one fucking thing...*grumble grumble*
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Writing to the sounds of Jackhammer Symphony #1 in C-Flat outside the window. On the plus side, it drowns out the Crying Baby Quartet downstairs quite nicely.

Yes, kids, this is the glamour of New York City. You too can move here and listen to a bunch of sweaty guys from Brooklyn in orange vests using metal machines to tear up concrete outside your apartment window on a day when it's too warm to close the windows while you're trying to write.

I now understand why people give me hilarious looks when I mention that I moved here from Florida.

That is all. As you were.
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While perusing the f-list, I came to realize something, something that made me boggle for a moment.

You people are some of the hardest working folks alive. To the outside world, writing doesn't look like heavy lifting from the outside, but it is. I know it is.

The boggling comes in when I realize what else is going on in your lives WHILE you're writing.

The things you've done are amazing, especially when I consider the wordcounts and progress y'all make, given that I know lots of you have one or two (or three!) other jobs/careers/professions, children and/or small animals, serious health conditions or loved ones with serious health conditions, financial turmoils, marital woes, ongoing higher education, and lots of other things you just have to/want to get done.

Some of you have at one time or another had all of the above or at least some combination of several of the things I listed (and a few I didn't).

And even better? You don't just churn out the word counts, you churn out the good stuff.

So, don't ever let anyone call you lazy or say you have it "sooooo easy". Because I'd like to see those same people go through all the things you've gone through and may be going through right now and manage to come up with an award winning novel or short story or poem.

I'd like to see people come up with a decent paragraph after they have the days some of you guys have had. Or hell, the *years*, even.

It makes me feel supremely challenged to take the good fortune I have in my life and make something really spectacular of it. I better. Otherwise I'm going to end up looking like Cletus the Slack Jawed Yokel compared with you all.
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Profile info has been updated to reflect the impending loss of job, the death of Nippy the Cornsnake (she passed two days ago), new writing playlist, impending domestic partnership, and new commenting policy.

That is all.
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I think there are a lot more "series" in fiction, especially in genre fiction like mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, etc - and my perception is that it's actually increasing over time. I could be wrong, and someone could come to me with statistics that show that the amount of series is the same or even less than it used to be 20 or 30 years ago.

I also think that there are more trilogies than there used to be (this could be a perception).

The place I notice it most, though, is in YA and children's books. Even in my own childhood, I remember how there was a seemingly never ending selection of Goosebumps and Babysitter's Club (I loved both equally, thanks) and other things. It seemed like all books inherently bred more books in the same universe.

I wonder if the same was true for my mother and my grandmother.

And if indeed there is an increase in series, I wonder if this is due to television, if we're shaping our fiction to fit minds that have been molded since early, early childhood by television formats. We think of the world in series, in terms of ongoing adventures because that's how we're being shaped.

But that made me think about old serialized formats of novels, especially those that got printed in newspapers in the 19th century.

I always wonder if that would work again.
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If you're reading a book and suddenly the idea of fairies or vampires scare you, you can close the book and be assured that no matter how real the writer made you feel that those things were, it's fantasy. It cannot crossover into reality.

If you're reading a book and suddenly the idea of death scares you. There's nothing you can do. Death is perhaps the only reality.

It's strange that there is nothing else consistent among all human beings except death. We have broken just about every other rule at least once, but not death.

What does it say about the universe that the only consistent, uniting feature of everything is that eventually, it ceases to exist?
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Yesterday I was, as I am often want to do, in Barnes & Noble because it's exactly two buildings down from where I work and I do get a lunch hour and lo, I am a *gigantic nerd*.

So I find myself in the SF&F, as I am also often want to do. And I'm doing what I like to call "grazing". I go, find a book that looks shiny, pick it up, give it a whirl for a chapter or two, see if anything gives me the jollies.

And I noticed, while I was browsing along, that there are a hell of a lot of novels that are about people having to save their kingdoms and they all sort of read the same. It's like a "saving the kingdom" subgenre. There's always a fight between two complicated factions with funny names who's histories and intrigues are kind of overdeveloped, and it's always a kingdom.

It's never someone trying to save the anarcho-syndicalist commune or the autonomous collective. No, no. It must be a kingdom.

Which made me wonder - maybe the reason we're (by that I mean mostly Americans) having such a problem convincing parts of the world that democracy is this great thing is because we're secretly a little uneasy about it ourselves?

We're awfully fond of kingdoms and empires which are, by their nature, dictatorships and the opposite of democracy. Makes me think of that Willie Nelson song, "Cowboys are secretly, frequently fond of each other", except replace cowboys with "Americans" and "romanticized monarchies".

Socio-political anxieties about the uncomfortable ramifications of true democracy as expressed through fantasy fiction, Y/N?

Ooh, ooh - AND - there's always a map. I just noticed that. There's always a map and I have never seen a map in a book that I actually needed or that was interesting. It's mostly "here are some mountains with romantic names" and "here are some rivers with equally romantic names" and in between is a bunch of pleasantly beige space that's about the color of wheat and parchment and possibly strained pears.
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So I reviewed Laura Anne Gilman's Staying Dead a few days ago and in my review, made a comment that the main character's habit of addressing herself by her last name struck me as, well, unrealistic and smacking of Mary Suedom.

A few people commented immediately that they refer to themselves by their last names when self-addressing.

Which got me asking a lot of questions, questions that I'm still asking. One of those questions is why did that (and several other traits) of the main character strike me as being so utterly and obviously Mary Sue when those are attributes that many people have, in actuality.

Then [ profile] fairmer replied in the comments of the review with this: "It's not the most Mary Sue thing on earth. Probably. But what do I know? I have pretentiously spelled first name and green eyes. I'm practically a walking Mary Sue! :) :) :)"

And I started really trying to examine why I didn't consider it pretentious or annoying of her to have any and all of the qualities that would just put me right off of a main character in a novel. Not to mention that there are many characters who are definitely not Mary Sues who also have the same qualities and they didn't annoy me.

The fact is, I still haven't figured that out. I think it might have something to do with the difference between doing something because it sounds like it would be good and doing something because it actually is good.

When somebody pens a character with traits that I think are deliberately designed to make me think something rather than letting their actions/words create the same impression, then it bothers me.

It's like this dating service commercial I once saw and it has a man and a woman on a date, and the woman with a really clumsy, overly loud, quite dorky gusto tells the man that she's, "Single, sassy, and spicy! Caliente!"

And of course, she came across as the exact opposite. She came across as awkward, unsexy, and frankly, a n00b. With the capital zeros and everything.

I think that's the way it is with a Mary Sue. Mary Sues are the characters that are trying so hard to show you that they're cool or cynical or tough or quirky that they end up showing the opposite.

It's more complicated than that, and Mary Sues are a bit like the famous quote about pornography. I don't know how to define it, but I know it when I see it. That, however, doesn't stop me from wanting to find a definition.
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I love how writers talk about our craft sometimes as though we're not in control. "Oh, my characters are doing this..." or "I'm not sure where this plot's going...". Makes me wonder about the nature of God.

Because in writing, everything does, technically, come from our brains, thus we are technically in complete control.

It hardly ever feels that way, though.

So maybe it's possible to be omniscient, omnipotent and still feel helpless. If so, wow. Our universe as we know it is frelled.

The only thing getting me through my current read is that I have a pencil and I'm circling parts of the book where, had I been editor, I would have handed it back to the writer with a giant, "Is there a reason for this words to exist? I think not. Do it again, and this time act like you're writing a story somebody actually wants to read."

I'd be the bitchiest editor ever, because I can't stand mediocre writing. Seriously. Either be really good or really bad, but don't waste my time with some lukewarm offering that you puked onto paper, spellchecked, and sent in.

I have a theory about the use of description in fiction: Ask of yourself, and of your descriptions at all times: Why the fuck does this matter?

If the thing you're describing is either very necessary or very, very (VERY!) interesting, feel free. Regale me.

But for the love of cheesecake, people, don't waste my time describing furniture, clothes, landscapes, or people that don't matter. Seriously. Unless the guy is wearing a clown suit at a funeral, don't take time out of your pedantic little plot to bore me further.

Meeeeeow. Wow. I am bitchy.

It's a good thing I'm just an intern, Y/N?

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