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13 March 2008 @ 09:28 am
oh, well, what the hell…  

Stolen from half my flist:

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don’t blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don’t blog about, but you’d like to hear about, and I’ll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, favorite type of underwear, etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other.

(…and yes, this is posted after I read Robin Hobbs’ rant, so I am fully aware of the irony of what I’m doing here…)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
Ponythe1pony on March 13th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
Okay, I'll bite. (Robin's-rant-related pun intentional)

You said the other day that if you were someone other than who you are, you'd get a tattoo like the one in the gorgeous phoenix drawing by Gabriele Dell’otto. I'd like to know why the person you are wouldn't do it.
kit: killyouwithmybrainmizkit on March 13th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Hsm. That's a good question.

Partly it's that I'm forever torn on whether I really like tattoos or...not. I like the idea of them. I like the color, I like the idea of painting the body, I like the individualism.

I am not nearly so keen on a physical alteration which is, for all intents and purposes, permanent. If I could get that tattoo in a long-term semi-permanent fashion--something that lasted months or even years, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I might even get it at that *size*, which is terribly dramatic.

Partly it's that if I wanted to have and display body art of that magnitude, I would want to have a truly killer body. I don't think I've got one.

If I did get that particular image, I almost certainly wouldn't get it at that size, or in that location. (Maybe at the small of my back.) But then I think, well, what's the point, then, since I wouldn't even be able to see it? And then, the problem with putting it on actual display is:

I think I'm too conservative. I have plenty of attitude and ambition and things, but when you get right down to it my hair, my dress, my lifestyle, is really pretty boring. I know that tattoos are a much more common form of decoration in the general public now than they were twenty years ago, but I feel that in order for *me* to pull something like that off, I'd have to ... be much cooler than I am. I suppose "I want to be cooler" is something we should all get over at around age fifteen, but I'm not really sure I ever will. :)
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kitmizkit on March 13th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
I...never think that. o.o

Really, I don't. I write things that don't work (see the 5K I cut yesterday), but it's pretty much never "what was I thinking", because what I was thinking was, "This is going to work." And the reasons why it should work are usually still valid. It just turns out they're /wrong/.

One of the problems with me as a writer, and this is actually not just my own ego speaking, but a response from editors and the like, is that I write well enough to disguise the fact that nothing is happening, or well enough to disguise natural problems in plot or structure. When I turned in HOUSE OF CARDS I knew there was something wrong, but I...

Ok, well, two things. One: fixing it was going to be really hard, and I hoped that I was wrong and *it* wasn't really wrong. Two...no, mostly it's just #1.

And my editor came back and said, 'Ok, please look at these 6 things', at which point I *recognized* the problem was the book had no plot. Previous to that I knew there was a problem, but hey, lots of things happened, and it was fun to read even if it was vaguely dissatisfying, and it turned out I was very right. It was really hard to fix. I had to rip it apart and put a plot in. I knew what the plot had to be. I'd known before. It was just that to get it in required rewriting the book entirely, and I'd gone too far and didn't want to do that.

There are bits where sentences don't make sense where I go "what the hell," but that's kind of different, I think. I don't do it with whole sections. Even if it's wrong, I don't go "was I asleep?!"

Hrm. I don't know if that was any help, but there you go. :)
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kitmizkit on March 13th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, well, in that case I just go, "What the hell?" and move on. Except for when it takes me twenty minutes to figure out how to rewrite it to say what I meant, which usually involves trying to figure that out in the first place :)
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kitmizkit on March 13th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
OH RIGHT

Er. I don't keep the samples on hand. There's one in an unpublished book which read something like "He kept a photo of her hanging from his neck on the bedside table," and it took me about fifteen months and repeated "buh?s" from people before I could even *see* the problem with the sentence, much less fix it. I knew that I meant something to the effect of, "The photograph, which he kept on his bedside table, was of her as a child; she had made of him a jungle-gym, and her mother had taken the picture as she wrapped her arms around his neck and dangled there," or something like that.

But that's not what it said. And I had a really really *really* hard time seeing the problem. :) And I think most of my incomprehensible sentences tend to be ones like that. The words get in the way of what I'm trying to say, or something. :)
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Kes Yocumkesmun on March 14th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
That sounds like something from an Anne Rice (writing as A.N. Rocquelare) book.
Brian: Bunny: Yay!logrusboy on March 13th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Good one!
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Big Ferretbigferret on March 13th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
I have to totally agree with you. What works for one person doesn't work for another. To try to think you know how everyone should write is just arrogance and turns me off too.
kitmizkit on March 13th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Tattoo question is answered above. :)
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kitmizkit on March 13th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
I love blogging. I love the community. I love the aggravation and the idiocy and the occasional sublime. I love how it makes me feel connected to the world, especially because I don't get out nearly enough.

I usually find that chat rooms or conversations (in the real world, gasp) are what unstick me from writing problems, but more than once I've sat down to whine about a problem in my blog and realized the fix for it. So even though that aspect's not usually exactly interactive for me, it's of use to me.

I do think it can be a terrible time-waster. But then, if I don't feel like working, I can always find something, whether it's LJ or not, to waste time on. The kitchen has been cleaned many a time because of that. So I was mostly just amused at Robin's vehemence, my own self. :)
Sunfeet: Rachel back benddreamstrifer on March 13th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
I have nothing to add about what I want to see you blog about since... um... I don't know.

But that rant made me giggle. Seriously. No offense to Robin Hobb, but, um, just because people should be writing books doesn't mean they can't keep a blog. Sometimes writing about how frustrating it is to write, or even writing about comic books or bands or movies or whatever is a nice break from the tedium. I speak from experience here. :-)
Sionainnsionainn on March 13th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
a series of three somewhat unrelated questions
1. Do you ever miss living in the States or are you just sublimely happy to be "living your dream" as a writer living in Ireland?

2. How are the furkid(s? Don't remember how many there are now). Any thought of adopting any more?

3. What has Ted been up to these days?

kitmizkit on March 13th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: a series of three somewhat unrelated questions
1. I miss...the idea of the States more than the actual living there. Much of what I do miss is food: root beer, hot dogs, chocolate chips. I had a limited social group in Anchorage, but I miss that. I miss movies opening on opening weekend instead of three weeks or three months later.

I would not say we are sublimely happy, unfortunately; this has been a rocky road and a lot of it hasn't gone the way we've hoped. OTOH, going back to the States wouldn't solve the problems we've encountered, and the very idea of doing so before we've properly taken advantage of living in Europe pisses me off. We've recognized some of the problems we're having; Ted's job has prevented him entirely from having a life, for example, so we're trying to change that. Right now we're totally broke, though, so it's hard.

2. The cats are fine. They still run around like idiots bouncing about and meowing their fool heads off and generally rule the roost, and although I am weak in the face of kittens, we really don't need any more cats. I would like to get another dog sometime, but dogs are pretty high-maintenance, and I don't know that I'm prepared to deal with that again for a while.

3. Ted quit his job and is looking for a new one not in the cooking industry. This is a frustratingly slow process in Ireland, and so he is somewhat frustrated. Other than that, he is good, though, and I must say that completely selfishly, it's wonderful to have him home to cook for me. :)
Jean: Unicorn Hotdoghylianjean on March 19th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Here's a weird one for ya... has anyone ever showed you fan art inspired by your books? How would you feel about such a thing?
kitmizkit on March 19th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
Yes! I've gotten a couple of pieces of fan art! (I need to find them and post them on cemurphy.net.) I think it's awesome!