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09:45 am: In Which I Am Interviewed By Professor Crazy

Professor Crazy, a very kind and gracious gentleman, interviewed me at BSC, a website that reviews books, movies, etc. It was a really delightful interview, because he asked the kinds of questions I always wish people would ask, questions about the story, the writing process, etc.

If anyone is interested, it is here.

 

Also, for weird technical reasons, I am reposting the beginning of yesterday’s Wright’s Writing Corner: Relentlessly Cheerful. To make up for the trouble, I added one extra line.

Theophrastus Prospero firing the Staff of Devastation

 

To quote Mephisto (sung to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers)

Gates of Hell can never

Against Prosperos prevail;

 we have Theophrastus,

and that cannot fail.

This week is a short one, and I do not have time to do justice to the next installment of Good vs. Evil, which is on writing about villains. So that will be next week. This week, I thought I would write a bit about being a writer.

One of the side effects of being a published writer is that one has achieved something others desire. People come up and express envy that I have reached the Horeb Heights of Authordom, while they are still farther down the slope, perhaps slogging through the marshes of revisions, or mired in the Swamps of Publishing Uncertainty. I laugh and express the desire that they will soon join me. Usually, they are satisfied.

Occasionally, however, the person merely expresses more envy. Then, I pull out the big guns. I explain how I came to be where I am. I tell them about the 17 years it took from the time I began my book until it came out; about the eight years I waited, once I had finished it; about going to conventions, year after year after year, and having to face, bookless, friends whose novels had already been published. How, for so long, I walked through the Valley of the Shadow of Never Being Published. That kind of thing.

About this time, most people realize that I did not get up to the published heights by catapult. Nor did I win some kind of get-published-quick lottery. Usually, that is sufficient to assure them that all is still right with the world.

Once in a while, however, this is not enough. The person’s envy is palpable. Perhaps, they say they have been trying to get published for even longer. At this point, I try to say something helpful or encouraging. Probably, I merely say something dumb. If they seem receptive, I say something about God.

But, sometimes, I wish I could say to them was I am really thinking. If I could, it would go something like this:

 “Are you relentless?

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Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon.

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From:jjbrannon
Date:October 18th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)

Gave good interview

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Well done!

I don't believe too much of the novels were revealed, just enough to tantalize.

I expect the third installment to improve the condition of the kids, considering there's not much where else to go but up. :>)

Are you and John attending Philcon?


JJB
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 19th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Gave good interview

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Thanks. Yes. Things do improve...by the end. ;-)

Alas, we will not make it to Philcon this year, much as I love Philcon. Maybe next year...I hope!
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From:cdenmier
Date:October 20th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)

Good Post

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Your reflection is very good. Thank you for the words of encouragement that it gives...encouragement not as "self-esteem" but as "motivation to do the right thing."

I'm not even close to this level of relentlessness. I probably won't ever be. But I want to be closer than I currently am. I am happier when I am closer.

What you say about writing is like anything, but particularly like the Christian call to holiness. A Christian is called to give, as I've heard it said, nothing less than everything to God. The whole heart, the whole self...all one's energies. Few heed this advise though (my hand goes up). Nevertheless, it is the sure path to sainthood.

In that same vein, being passionate and "all in" for writing is the only way to be sure that you will get there.
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