Time for a big space battle – Progress Report – 8/4/13

Another busy week – My Au Pair’s parent’s are in town, all the way from Germany, and we have been showing them around. This also means no childcare for the next two weeks so writng time is taking a bit of a hit. Fear not, the goal of 1,000 words a day is still being met, even on the days when I really, really, really don’t want to.

Word Count for the week: 9,443 words. Bit of a struggle this week. Distractions galore, including quite a bit of work on episode 3 of the Commander’s Log podcast. Recorded a conversation with a guest Commander and I’ll be editing that then adding some polish and I expect to release the episode late this week or early next week.

Total Word Count: 84,493.  The protagonist has seen the light, and made the right decision at the second plot point. But his life hangs in the balance. . .

 

84,493 / 105,000 (80.5%)

 

Quote du jour:
“Look I know this may sound a bit cliched, but I can explain everything.”
The Agent smiled. “Of course you can, and you will. In a Facece detention centre.”

Commander’s Log Podcast

The cover art for the Commander's Log podcast

The cover art for the Commander’s Log podcast

As I mentioned above I’ve been working on the third episode. It’s going to be quite a bit longer than the other episodes, but if I’ve done my job right you’ll be entertained all the way through. I may live on the opposite side of the world to most Elite fans but if you would like to have a chat on the Commander’s Log please get in touch and we can organise something. I’d especially love to hear from any antepodean fans. Where are you all hiding? Sneak out of the woodwork and come say hello. It’s time we balance out the ‘northern’ views of Lave Radio with some southern reporting 🙂

Writers Forum

A pretty quiet week this one. The conversation on swearing and profanities continues. Seriously, why is swearing in fiction such a big deal? Everyone has their own opinions of course. Some of the opinions are:

  • Swear words evolve with time so you can’t use the F-word etc in the 34th Century
  • Actually some swear words come from antiquity and if they have survived this long they’ll survive another millenia
  • Swear words usually have connotation and a sound quality that is derived from the experiences of the user and their culture. A space based culture should be reflected in its (crude) language
  • A writers responsibility is to maintain narrative flow, to keep the illusion of reality alive, keep the reader turning the pages. As soon as someone has to stop to think ‘what does this swearword actually mean?’ because it is so strange and unknown, then you have jolted them out of the story and lost them as a reader. maintaining the illusion of reality trumps other language concerns
  • Everyone understands that language as a whole evolves and the words used in a story in the 34th century would be as strange to us as Shakespeare’s ‘old’ english. We can’t write the whole book like that so why would we single out the swear words?

These are all valid opinions, but they don’t really work for me. My opinion is that as an Author you have to do what is right for you. Sure, you can dress it up by saying ‘well my character needs to be authentic so needs to swear like this and that’ but deep down there is a subconcious bias. You want to do it your way and you should. You should do what is natural for you and not make it artificial. That is when trouble begins. Maybe you will lose some people because they don’t think the F-word is appropriate. Maybe you’ll lose some because you didn’t use make up new swear words.

You are never going to please everyone. The best thing to do is make your whole novel as good as it can be and to do that you need to stay true to what you, as an Author, need out of this book. Whatever is true for you is what you should do. Honesty will make the story more true for you and the reader and that is worth more than anything else.

What do you all think? Maybe I don’t have a strong feel for it and everyone else has a different opinion.

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Sorry for the short update this week. Too much going on at the moment.

Thanks,

John

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