While this topic will be mostly about writing, it may cover a wide variety of other subjects. Writing doesn't occur in a vacuum, it's related to everything we experience, and so a topic about writing can be about anything and everything.
Divers from oil companies have found remains of a 'drowned world' with a population of tens of thousands - which linked Britain to the continent and might once have been the 'real heartland' of Europe.
Would you pay good money for a book that ends up blank? Would you want your book printed with disappearing ink?
The idea of printing a book with ink that will disappear after two months, thereby setting a deadline for reading, won an award from the Cannes PR Lions. I think they're crazy! Sorry, but I can't imagine anyone buying a book that won't be readable sixty days after it was printed. As a reader, even if I did finish it quickly (and who knows how long it took to get from the printer into my hands), I wouldn't be able to reread it, loan it to a friend, give it to a friend, sell it to a used book store, or donate it to a good cause. It would become an expensive journal, and probably one lacking the journal esthetics I prefer. As a writer?No way! I want my readers to be able to savor my work, to share it, give it as a gift, and even, gasp, to sell it or donate it.
Well-preserved fossil sports long, fine plumage and a bushy tail...
Artists, get to work! Dinosaurs may have sported hair-like feathers (type 1 feathers) similar to the fluff found on baby birds today. So, forget those scaly reptilian creatures you've seen in museum dioramas, school textbooks, and the movies, and picture fluffy dinosaurs.
"Joe Ponepinto recently wrote a post where he asked if writing was becoming something that only people of means did. I highly recommend that post, so much so, that I'm giving you an out. Here's the link to his blog.
If you’re still with me, then I would like to take a slightly different tack on Joe’s question. I want to know if the kind of writing I like to do, something that some might call speculative or fantastical or magical realism, is just for white, rich people. If you’re confused about the labels I’m using, think Twilight Zone. If you’re getting pissy about my question, read on." [ed. to remove a broken link, PDL]
I was really surprised when I read Joe Ponepinto's post that he mentioned writing contests as the primary way a beginning writer would use to break into writing. I see those as something for amateurs and student writers, rather than for people who are serious about getting their work published on a professional level. In fact, I—similarly to most of the writers in my local writing community—look for paying markets, although I will admit that they are getting farther and farther between. I've never paid to submit my work, and the fiction I've had published has been in paying markets. So, my answer to the first half of the question, regarding whether writing fiction is only for the wealthy, is a resounding No. As for the second half, the publisher or editor can't know, unless you tell them or the information is available publicly, your racial, ethnic, or national origin. They might guess, based on specific qualities of writing, but that doesn't mean they'll be right.
Mr. Cabrera, you question whether the "speculative or fantastical or magical realism" you write is only for rich, white folks. Not at all, especially not with respect to the magical realism, which grew out of the writings of authors such as Gabriel García Márquez, whose works use the marvelous to examine the terrible difficulties of those whose lives are made difficult by poverty and injustice. According to Naomi Lindstrom, author of Twentieth-Century Spanish American Fiction, as quoted by Alberto Álvaro Ríos of Arizona State University, one of the key features of magical realism is "an implicit criticism of society, particularly the elite." Additionally, just because a work is speculative or fantastical, doesn't mean that it is lacking when it comes to social consciousness. Your awareness of and sympathy for the difficulties faced by so many almost certainly infuses your stories with elements that would be missing otherwise. Plus, its important to remember that fiction can indirectly give answers to questions readers don't even know they have. I am reminded of The Armless Maiden, edited by Terri Windling, an anthology of mostly fantasy stories addressing child abuse, but even more of an autobiographical essay she included in the book in which she discussed how fairy tales had helped her to endure and overcome a childhood of neglect and abuse. Writing responsibly doesn't mean that everything we write must address some specific moral or ethical issue, nor does it mean that what we write must provide answers to the world's woes. What we need to do is simply to write from our hearts, to present our characters with real dilemmas (no matter how fantastical in nature) that challenge them, and to share their journeys to "happily ever after" or "gee, I guess that really wasn't such a good idea" in ways that encourage our readers to think, wonder, feel, and grow.
A Florida lifeguard was baffled after he was fired for saving a drowning man who was swimming outside the flags.
Here's something to file in your Truth is Stranger than Fiction folder. Or, maybe in the Corporate Stupidity folder.
The claim made by the beach patrol company that "by leaving the designated area Mr Lopez put the firm at risk of being sued" may be true, but I know that if I was drowning within sight and reach of a lifeguard and he just watched from a distance because the rules said he couldn't leave the designated area, I'd be talking to the lawyers.
International Law and Literature: Daredevil and the Right to a Fair and Public Hearing. by Chris Borgen. Courtesy of Christopher Libertino, my favorite film composer (and former college roommate), I want to point out that a ...
I love it! Chris Borgen discusses "the international law ramifications of the actions of the superhero Daredevil in his current story arc."
Last week, Entertainment Weekly ran a story on an emerging trend: gay people in public life who come out in a much more restrained and matter-of-fact way than in the past. In many ways, it's a great development: we're evolved...
Where should people whose professions place them in the public eye draw the line between personal privacy and being socially responsible?
The Third Place theory is new to me. At first, I thought it was going to be about finding a place to write, but it's really about having a place in your life that is neither home, nor work, and it has implications that can be applied to both real life, and the fictional lives of our characters.