A Totally Puerile Fanboy Topic
Honestly, I do not understand you people sometimes.
Practical discussions of the craft, trade, and business of writing.
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"She rolled her eyes from the weight of the load and planted her hands on her hips, which were wrapped in a wildly colored bolt of cloth depicting cellular phones. The cloth was a pagne celebrating the arrival of Nokia to our stretch of West Africa two weeks ago, and many women in Séguéla were wearing them, were tying their infants snugly onto their backs with them. Coups and guinea worm and female circumcision and HIV and mass graves in Abidjan full of the Muslim north's political youth, and the women had turned traditional dances all night around bonfires to celebrate the arrival of the cell phone. This was what West Africa was about: priorities."They say your first novel is always an autobiography, which is why my first novel remains safely buried, but also explains why D'Souza, a former Peace Corps volunteer who spent three years living in West Africa, has written a novel about an employee of a fictitious international aid organization who lives in West Africa. For me this is probably a "library" book, not a "buy" book, as the extended description on D'Souza's site suggest that it starts out promising and then goes wandering off into romantic potboiler territory, but then again that may merely be Harcourt's marketing copy.
U.S. yacht said attacked by pirates off Yemen
ROME (Reuters) - A U.S.-flagged yacht with three people aboard was attacked by pirates wielding rocket launchers off the coast of Yemen, the Italian Coastguard said on Sunday after an Italian freight ship reported a distress call.
"Around 9.45 a.m. (0745 GMT) an Italian container ship, the Jolly Platino called to say it had heard an SOS message from an American sailing vessel, the Tir Na Nog," an official from the Rome headquarters of the Coastguard told Reuters.
The Italians informed U.S. authorities in the region of the incident which happened some 25 miles off the Yemen coast. The official said two U.S. and one Dutch military vessel in the area had been told of the attack but he did not know how any rescue attempts were progressing.
Commander Jeff Breslau, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain, said: "Coalition forces are investigating the incident." He gave no further details.
What I want to know is why there's rarely ever good rock music in futuristic dystopias. It's always jazz, classical or electronic boing boing music. Are we to believe an f'ed up world won't have some kick arse metal?I think music is one of those areas, like religion or food, where most SF writers only know enough about it to embarass themselves. Either they assume things in the future will remain pretty much frozen as they are now, in which case we get the Executive Officer of the Enterprise playing Dixieland jazz on a trombone (a trombone?! Why not a sackbutt or a krummhorn while he's at it?), or else they still haven't recovered from the 1960s and feel obliged to write lines like, "Ars Narklefuss was the swingingest qwonzitar player on the whole South Coast froodinhop scene." Or else, worse, they really haven't recovered from the 1960s, and write stories that are thinly disguised paeans to Jim Morrison and Grace Slick.
Simple - optimism isn't as interesting as Doomsday. Even Christianity, which is pretty optimistic (Heaven, et al), has a doomsday for the world.
Not only that, but war sells. The History Channel doesn't show war flicks 24x7 because people find war to be dull. It's because people find war to be absolutely fascinating.
Peace is nice, but it's boring. How long would your book be if all you had to say that everything was idyllic, there was no fighting, and the problems of economics were completely solved?
The "complete-destruction" qualifier really limits it for me. You've mentioned the only two I can think of in Hitchhiker's and On the Beach. Hitchhiker's wins that hands down. I read Shute as a requirement in high school. I think I was depressed for a week afterwards.
Now if you're talking "almost-complete-destruction" then Lucifer's Hammer wins...
What do you consider a good daily clip for words written per day, assuming all is going well, and you have uninterrupted writing time?
And hours per day, too.
I'm not talking a Stephen King pace here, or Thomas Harris either, for that matter. Just a good, comfortable pace.
I just calculated that if you wrote 555 words a day, for six months straight, you'd have 100,000 words. That does not sound like 'reasonable pace' to me, but what do I know?