National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Terms of Engagement:
Seems New Weird is the latest term in the endless redefinition of/positional scramble for genres and sub-genres.
Unfortunately, there is no way I can appropriate the phrase for my writing, though I wonder if I could manage mileage with Old Weird. No? I thought not.
Wry Quote: From Redlines and Deadlines:
I’m not talking about publishing, which requires celestial alignment. Alliance with dark powers is a nice edge, too.
Having no particularly close connection with either set of Powers, am having one of those days when all I can think of is all the despairing reasons why an agent/editor would NOT be interested in my prose. Totting up the negatives. Like, I'm Canadian, to begin with.
Annoyed and Harumph:
Really annoyed when someone states with absolute conviction that there is no such thing as emerald green eyes -- when I have met a woman with emerald green eyes and know my sense of colour definition is perfectly adequate.
Emerald eyes may be more common in romantic fiction than in real life but they do occur, and without benefit of contact lens. So there.
And for the record I went to high school with a girl who had eyes of true gold. So there again.
One one hand we hear that publishers are producing shorter books and that booksellers like that; on the other, we read of agents dismissing MSS on word count alone. Yet one has the impression that many agents -- as well as editors -- request revisions.
Of course, I'm ignorant and easily confused, but what about the effect of revision on total words? Revisions can substantially change word count -- up or down. With me it has always been up, so I have an axe to grind -- and can't see a practical difference between 73 and 75 thousand words (or whatever) at the onset.
Does the industry as a whole expect bloat?
Am I boring you?