Monday, May 18, 2015

I have to Pay $5.00 for my Library Card

Due to the fact I technically live outside the city limits, I have to pay $5.00 annually for my library card. This policy was instated only a year or two back in this area.

Does anyone else have to do this? Is this a policy at your local library?

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Writing Numbers

I have seen this in at least one book (published in 1958) as well as at least a couple pages published by none other than the Smithsonian: The writing-out of numerals over the number 10. For example, seventy-five or nineteen.

When starting a sentence with a numeral, you write-out the number. You also spell-out numbers one through nine; after that (10, 11, and on up), you write the numeral itself. So, "seventy-five" should be "75" - unless it is at the beginning of the sentence. For example, "Seventy-five times now, I have seen otherwise respectable writers and curators fuck this up."

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Prompt

Discuss something you loved and took with you everywhere you could as a child. This may have been a doll, a truck - any toy or object. Why was it so important to you? Why did you quit carrying it? Do you know what happened to it? When was the last time you saw it?

Share your work in the comments.

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Genre Writing is More Difficult

Reading a recent interview with Kazuo Ishiguro regarding the persistent snobbery toward genre writing, I had to share that working within a specific genre is far more difficult than any other type of writing.

I have a lot of ideas that span several genres. It isn't so much that I am unable to focus them but that I do not care to. I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel nor be original, the ideas simply spring from a combination of elements that interest me spanning several genres. I tend to resist the urge to classify them because genre writing is very difficult to do well.

You have to tread the tropes and motifs of the field without falling into cliche and without coloring too far outside the lines. At a certain level, technology is indistinguishable from magic. Recent archaeological discoveries prove that ancient humanity was far more technologically advanced than once believed, and for far longer. To these ends, one could mix and match elements from several genres without worrying too much about explaining how or why they exist. But to do so is kind of "cheating."

Being forced to slant the story into a specific genre, to the exclusion of others, is a far more difficult task. The most minor of missteps can entirely disrupt the readers' suspension of disbelief and while they expect certain motifs and themes to be respected, they are keenly aware when the author lazily relies on cliche to move his story along. You have to stay within the box while finding an original way to define said box.

I agree with Ishiguro that this kind of snobbery needs to end and challenge the most vociferous genre opponent to give it a shot before dismissing it.

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Books

I landed a couple of good anthologies from a Goodwill store and thought I'd share them. One of them may have been purchased at a dollar store but altogether, they cost me about $5.00.

The first is The Twilight and Other Zones: The Dark Worlds of Richard Matheson. Matheson wrote Duel, which was Steven Spielberg's directorial debut, as well as I am Legend. Having read and enjoyed both, I'm interested to learn more about the author and his process. I also understand that a few of the entries may contain new stories based on Matheson's work, so it looks to be a good read.

The other is Isaac Asimov Presents The Golden Years of Science Fiction. It contains 28 stories and novellas, as chosen by Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg. This book was only $2.99 at Goodwill. I saw several books I wouldn't have minded owning but not at those prices. This particular anthology is worth the admission, I hope.

I bought a couple of technical books, as well, but I just wanted to share my new additions. I'm proud of my personal library!

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015