Static Movement

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Jumping Through Hoops

Last week on my day off I picked up a copy of E.E. Knight's book, Way of The Wolf. Overall, I am enjoying it. It's not normal for me to read authors that are published in the ''big press''. Why? well mainly because I just don't find anything that interests me any more. A lot of the same ideas are rehashed/repackaged. Seems like everyone out there and their brother is writing a clone of Anita Blake/Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Or the atypical ''ancient evil awoken in a small town."

The ''big press'' fantasy books aren't any better.

Of course, there are some exceptions, but it seems like I have to ''dig'' through the BS a lot more these days.

The same reason why I mainly watch independent movies, or B-movies more these days.

But, like I said there are exceptions and EE Knight's book is one of them. No, its not the greatest book I've ever read, but it is entertaining.

Yet, I can't help but notice something. Here's a guy that signed a major book deal, and ended up published four more books in the series - I believe he's gotta deal to write 3 or 4 more. And as I read through it I can't help but notice some mistakes that I've been led to believe are the cardinal sins of writing. Or at least ones editors like to get online and rant and rave about.
The one that sticks out in my mind the most is the fact that he'd have sentences that started with the first name of a character, and then the next sentence would start with the same name.
Also, instead of using ''he'' the author would insist on using the prorper noun, even though you'd be able to easily follow the writing without it.

I realize editing is a subjective thing, and that each editor is different, but it just surprises and rather disgusts me when I see things like this. Yes, the author has talent and has good things in his writing, but I really don't get how editors can whine about one thing and then publish something that violates these ''sacred'' rules.

I've seen it in the small press too, quite often.

Yes, no one's writing is perfect, but why harp about something if you aren't going to follow up on it?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

My computer crashed...

My computer quit this morning. This means that I can't get into Static Movement at all so we are going to be stuck with the August Issue until I can get another computer and the stuff to do the site with.

To everyone who was accepted for the September issue (and there were/are a lot since I was doing a tribute to 911) we will publish as soon as I can get back.

Well, this is really stupid of me since I knew it was a matter of time before it quit, but I lost all of my writing, every single bit of it so let this be a lesson to you...copy your files, email them to yourself, anything but don't risk losing it all like I have!

See you soon, I hope!

PS...staff, please keep the blog going...


Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Back Seat Writers?

So, this morning I had MSNBC on, and was half paying attention to it while checking up on my email and such. When they finally took a break from the Mel Gibson report (Don't you know that its the most important story in the world!) they had a brief report on JK Rowling and whether or not Harry Potter was going to die. Apparently, Stephen King and John Irving met with JK and are attempting to persuade her not to kill off Harry.

Now I'm not a fan of JK Rowling, I've never read her books or seen the movies. I simply have no interest in them. But I do respect her as a writer. But I can understand what it is like to be a fan of a series and/or fictional characters as a spectator. I think the readers have the right to be upset over the idea of Harry possibly dieing, and they even have the right to send letters, pettitions, and etc to the author about this matter within reason.

However, I do have an issue with King an Irving trying persuade her to not kill off the character. It comes off as highly inappropiate and unproffesional. Like standing over her shoulder while she writes and say, 'Tsk, Tsk...take that part out." As if they know better then her in regards to how she should handle her own creation. An editor doesn't even have that right at this point. Considering she's already finished the manuscript, and she has a brain in her head its highly unlikely that she'll change anything just because of these back seat writers' attempts.
I just found it highly messed up for two established writers to do something like this to another writer. Unheard of really and rather pathetic. If it was me I probably would have laughed in their face and told them in colorful language to leave me alone. I give JK props for having more class then that. LOL

I don't know, and don't care if Harry is gonna die, but that's not the point. The point is writers should have enough respect to not try and do what King and Irving did. I wonder how they would feel if someone did that to either of them.

~ KvN
Everyone seems to be enjoying the August issue of Static Movement. I went over to Ragged Edge Publishing - the Ezine and it's looking very cool too! My column The Fountain Pen
is back up too, go see!

John D. Stanton's photograph is well received on the intro page of Static, and I thank John for it, very nice. Lee Kuruganti did the inside (I still say it's a cover) and Paul Campbell will be doing the September cover, with Kevin James Hurtack doing October. I think it will be interesting to see what these talented guys come up with for the issues. Lee will be illustrating a story or poem somewhere along the way. We are freeing her up to work on a project she's involved in right now.

Happy reading and of course, writing!