August 31st, 2006

question

Around again on the guitar

sksperry posted the thing that comes around occasionally on lj, this time of the form, "ask me up to three questions, then post this in your lj." I did ask Steve three questions, so here we are: ask me up to three questions, if you want to; post it in your lj after, if you want to. I'll be screening comments this time and not identifying the questioner unless it's okay with you.

One of my questions for Steve was, "What are you going to do to celebrate Caligula's birthday?" My calendar lists today as Caligula's birthday, and I just can't decide how to observe the occasion. I don't have a horse or sisters, which really cuts down on the options, and if I tried to have somebody do a statue of me as Zeus, I think people would just laugh.

Probably I will celebrate by sweeping the floor and working on the book. Wheee. Oh, the decadence. Oh, the hedonism.
bletchley

Murdered darlings and wedding advice

Edward's reaction to another character's death was a beautiful and affecting piece of writing, if I do say so myself. Unfortunately (well, not very unfortunately, from some perspectives), that character does not, in fact, die in this version of this book. Oops. So it's a darling that just plain has to be murdered.

Some people have talked about saving those bits, but I don't put them in a "cut bits" file. I just ax 'em. I can't figure what I would want it for. It's a dead end. It doesn't fit. It's not the shape of the story as I understand it now, and if the story shape was to change again, it wouldn't change back. Never once have I cut something from a story of any length and later thought, "Wait, I want that back." It's just not how my brain works, I guess. I can't see my way clear to how it would even work.

Have I mentioned that these characters are not the nicest people in the world? You'd be perfectly safe with them in a dark alley, but broad daylight, uff da.

Also, do you think it's okay to wear black to a wedding, in general? How about patterned stockings -- subtle patterns yes, fishnets no, or some other division of acceptable wedding wear? And boots: sometimes, never, occasionally but not generally, any time you feel like it, what? This is not a wedding wherein I am any kind of important person -- "groom's first kindergarten crush" doesn't usually get listed under "flower girl," so it's not like I'm setting the tone for anyone in particular beyond myself. But being around people from my more distant past makes me a little confused.

One of you asked how I decide what to post and what not to post. Elephino. I just...do, I guess. I've heard this asked about what one puts in a novel and what one doesn't, too, and the simple answer is that the things you put in a novel are the things that go there, and the things you don't put in a novel are the things that do not go there. Aren't you glad I was here to clear these things up?