Friday, January 22, 2010

Brought to You by the Letter D


Passing Parade

Doris Lee (1905-1983)

oil on canvas.


Delight and Divination:

In spite of miles of shelving and many bookcases, in my house books tend to collect together in shifting, polyamorous piles -- on the stairs, beside the recliner, on the bed, the dining room table...

While waiting impatiently yesterday for the kettle to boil for another desperately needed infusion of caffine, I flipped open the top book from the kitchen pile to a page at random.

Eurekaeurekaeureka!

All day I had fiddled and fumed over a passage in my MS in a futile attempt to clarify my protagonist's peculiar visual acuity regarding specters and spirits.

And there it was. Da-shealladh.

Not the fore-telling second sight of future events as most translations of the Gaelic apply the phrase, but, literally, two-sighted, the double vision of one who perceives the real world and the paranormal world at the same time.

Different and Diverse:

Lynn Viehl's post (Wednesday, January 2oth) at Paperback Writer discussed the condition known as Blog Block and suggests cures for it.

I have earned a lot about writing and publishing just tooling through Lynn's witty and informative archives.

Danger and Disturbance:

It just got harder to find an agent.

In a couple of posts this week agent Rachelle Gardner discusses potential changes in agenting agreements as a result of the lower advances offered by publishers and the inevitable impact on agent's commissions and agent's aquisition of new clients.
There's Diverting and Then There's Diverticulosis:

Discovered Gordon Jerome's blog. It's...interesting.

He avers, among other things, that polite bloggers are butt-kissers and agent bloggers are assholes.

26 comments:

writtenwyrdd said...

It's so great to find the exactly perfect word, isn't it?

"Polite bloggers are assholes" I don't think this applies to you or any other person who maintains a nice or polite persona. I think an individual's blog shows how that person generally acts anywhere else. After you hang out there for a while, you get to know them a little bit, at least. Besides, the jerks are generally the ones who look like idiots.

catvibe said...

Loved reading Jerome! Made my morning!

Bernita said...

Written, I hope he's referring only to those posters who agree with and praise everything an agent says.

Cat, when I have time, I plan to read his blog more thoroughly. At first sight he appears to have a nasty chip.

raine said...

Thanks for sharing the new word, Bernita. The concept is interesting, like being torn between two dimensions. Whoa.
As for the rest? It's Friday. I refused to add any bad news to an already full platter. I'll read them over the weekend, lol.

Whirlochre said...

Oh I love that moment, especially when it involves finally vocalising something that's been on the tip of your tongue for a while (eg "please can you let me out of the cave, grandpa, I want to go see a talkie...")

Bernita said...

Raine, you might need a stiff drink when you do!

The way was made straight, Whirl.

BernardL said...

That was a thought provoking take on the agent world by Mr. Jerome. I believe if agents could pull something like what he warns about off, e-book publishing would expand exponentially. Agents are as independent as writers. It would be tough to make the up front commission an industry standard with so many agencies in competition against each other.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Let me preface this by saying that I agree, I think Jerome has a chip. Not by his choice of topic, but how he goes about expressing it.

I think the industry is changing for the better for writers as far as opportunity goes. That also benefits the readers. But like the middle-class squeeze in a bad economy, the middleman (agents) are taking a lot of punches.

I rarely read ANY comments on agent blogs any more. The toadying makes me ill. I love Nathan as much as the next girl, and I've met Janet in person - absolutely lovely woman, as are most of the dozens of agents and editors I've met. But I can't stomach suck-ups.

Natasha Fondren said...

Well, that's an interesting blog. Um, you know, really, if you have a blog dissing publishing professionals, you're just not gonna get far in the business, unless you can quite literally write a kick-ass, blow-all-the-competition-out-of-the-water book. And even then, it's gonna be hard.

Natasha Fondren said...

(Not your blog, I mean the last blog you linked to.)

Lana Gramlich said...

Doesn't everything only get more expensive and difficult over time? It sure has in my lifetime, anyway. <:(

Bernita said...

A lot of interesting points raised on both blogs, Bernard.

You're right, Betsy.He could have discussed the topic without going all ad hominen. The sucking up can be rather blatant at times, though I'll excuse some as newbies who have just arrived and are probably sincere in their gratitude.
I agree emphatically about Janet
and Nathan seems like a thoroughly decent sort.
I can't think of any agent who has done more towards writer education than Janet.

He does seem a bit burning his boats and suicidal, Natasha.

Bernita said...

No argument from me, Lana...specially regarding complication.
I still prefer my hand-crank meat grinder to my electric food processor!

laughingwolf said...

great word, bernita!

will check your links when i find time...

Bernita said...

LW, the greatest thing was opening that book to the page with exactly the word/concept I needed.
Almost enough to make one superstitious.
I plan to check those links in detail when I have more time too!

Charles Gramlich said...

I've never had much luck with agents anyway. Guess my stuff appeals mostly to small press and small subsections of readers.

Gabriele C. said...

Money flows towards the writer -. anything else is scam. Period.

Well, that Jerome guy is as annoying as the A Konrath (or however it's spelled) blogger who was hyped by several of my writer friends. Chips and patronising put me off, sorry.

Bernita said...

It seems a growing number of writers are questioning whether they in fact need an agent, Charles.
There's flux in the matrix and disturbances in the force.

Gabriele, saw today that Konrath just signed a six figure deal.

Gabriele C. said...

That's nice for him, but he still comes across as patronising jerk to me. :) But that attitude doesn't seem to hurt his career; or maybe I'm just particularly picky about patronising tones. :)

SzélsőFa said...

one can imagine what an exciting moment that must have been to you. will we get to read some excerpts from that wip, please, sometimes, perhaps?
the whole concept sounds really interesting.

Bernita said...

His style is a bit abrasive, Gabriele, perhaps because he writes about hard-boiled detectives - or maybe vice versa!

Thank you, SzelsoFa. I did put up a few early bits of Malignity - before my long absence.

stacy said...

The whole Jerome thing made me slightly nauseous. Probably because I had an uncle just like him, and that kind of pessimism and paranoia runs HIGH in my extended family. It's taken me years to to train myself to think differently.

Bernita said...

I know what you mean, Stacy. People who operate continuously on "yellow alert" toward the rest of the world.

laughingwolf said...

just serendipity... not stooperstishuns, bernita ;) lol

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Well, that was enough to make you stop reading blogs completely. What a nasty taste was left by the squabbling in the comments. I don't think I will be going back to Gordon's blog. Life is tough enough without that negativity.

Bernita said...

LW, I'll take it no matter what it's called!

Suzanne, he does seem to do a lot of breathing heavy and kneading his knees....