September 12th, 2005

Owl Side

It seems...

...I've been quite bad at posting things about my life here, so that people know what goes with me. Naughty me! (And thanks to my beloved thewronghands for poking me to do so.) I realized, looking back through my most recent 20 entries, that all but 2 of them were private. (Side note: This may well amuse the_lexpert no end, given the rows we used to have about my public entries. [wry grin])

But at any rate, I hereby promise to actually post such things. There may even be another non-linguistic non-venting non-private post later today! (Glory be.)
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Of writings, and Harry Potter 6

So I've just finished reading Harry Potter 6, which I delayed getting until this weekend for reasons financial and work-load-y. What strikes me (besides the plot, which I quite like and think is well-done) is how much I approve of the writing style. There are images, yes, but not many. (The depiction of one of Harry's emotions, for instance, is amusingly visual, if seeming slightly out of place with the tone of the rest of the book for me.) It's written with the decisiveness of a children's book, really, of a fairy tale, of mythology. You get details, yes, but not the flamboyant verbosity of Anne Rice, say. Orson Scott Card has this flavor for me, as well - the fairy tale bone structure, with whatever flesh (science fiction, fantasy, etc.) the author feels like adding for plot.

I've noticed, as well, that whatever author I'm reading at the moment comes out in my Storyteller writings. I wrote a section of chapter thirteen last night, and it had those same, tell-tale fairy tale elements. This contrasts with the section of chapter ten I wrote while reading Anne Rice (the ballroom scene), which has far more fun with imagery than actual plot for a good chunk. I imagine this is why a writer reads other writers' works, of course - to learn what feels good story-writing wise, what moves, and what is off-putting.

Or at least, this is what I tell myself when I procrastinate on my creative writing by reading (or re-reading) a particularly good fantasy/sci-fi novel.
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Things I have coordinated in the last hour


  1. Experimental contacts for my experiment with 2-year olds
  2. The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lunch talk speaker for next week
  3. The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lunch talk lunch for this week
  4. The thank you card and wrap-up arrangements for the Linguistics Colloquium speaker from last week
  5. The travel for the Linguistics Colloquium Speaker for 2 weeks from Friday
  6. The food for the faculty 10-minute madness talks tomorrow
  7. The speakers for the faculty 10-minute madness talks tomorrow
  8. The speaking engagement of a Linguistics Colloquium speaker for the end of next month
  9. The drinks and paperware for the faculty 10-minute madness talks tomorrow
  10. The announcement of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lunch talk for this week
  11. The announcement of the faculty 10-minute madness talks


I am the Queen of Coordination.

And now, off to finish a presentation for a seminar I'm not taking, but that the professor decided I had to do anyway...before I go to another seminar I'm not taking. Because I'm supposed to be working on my thesis research. Eek.
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Thoughts on Creative Writing Foo

So I've gotten a few comments about Storyteller that suggest it's good enough to be published. (Yay, Writer's Ego.) And it'll be a little less than 200 pages double-spaced when it's done, which is reasonable novelette length. But in truth, I'm not sure how sensible such a thing would actually be. Storyteller is a fanfiction that bases itself out of the Peter Pan world. Granted, it stays there for all of a chapter or two, but that's still its foundation. Is it possible to actually publish fanfiction (other than online, of course, at various fanfic sites)? Aren't there copyright or universe-right issues or something?

The only thing that might work would be one of those modern fairy tale anthology sort of things, I suppose, where you get to take an already created universe and play with it. Which is really fanfiction, in its own way.
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Must remember...

...not to sing regyt's and my parody of Fiddler on the Roof when my choir does most of the Fiddler music for the cabaret show this year. Somehow, I don't think the audience will be quite so appreciative as we were of our creative genius.