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Dec. 28th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Thanks, will spend the day munching on this and some of my Christmas chocolate :)
Good way to spend a day me thinks
Dec. 28th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Yay! Chocolate and Vic. I tried something new this year, hard Christmas candy instead of chocolate, since I tend to eat any/all chocolate in one or two sittings. It seems to work well for spacing it out and just having a piece or two. Though of course it's not chocolate.
Dec. 28th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
I have no need for buying sweets for a looong time, I usually get about 2 kg of various chocolates from clients for Christmas, this one was no different :/
Dec. 28th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Oh! That's a lot of chocolate. Still, I could plow through it in a week.
Dec. 29th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
For some reason I wanted a comfort read and PsyCop came to mind. Yeah, I know. It's probably not something usually associated with 'comfort'. *grins*

Still, every time I reread this series I fall in love with Vic all over again and manage to find something new :)

Thank you for writing so well and creating believable, "real" characters!
Dec. 30th, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
Aw! That's so sweet of you to say. I've been trying to think about where plausibility comes from and it's too nebulous for me to put my finger on. I was reading something that *didn't* ring true and trying to figure out why.

I know I've been really focusing on thinking "and because of that" as I plot, rather than having a bunch of cool but unconnected stuff happen. But there's probably something more than cause and effect involved.
Dec. 30th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
I was reading something that *didn't* ring true and trying to figure out why.

All too often I see things in fiction that *didn't* ring true, especially in the m/m genre. To be generous I'd say it was at least in the 80% of all books I read, probably more. Whenever I run across this type of thing it shocks me out of the story and colors the way I see the rest of the book/series, which makes me sad.

Maybe that's why I see PsyCop as a comfort read: I can read through without being shocked out of the story and just lose myself in a different world. The comfort comes from not so much the subject matter but the way it's written -- if that makes any sense.

You've been writing things that make you feel thankful in your posts this month. I'm extremely thankful for the hard work you put into your writing. The hours of research you must do in order to get it right instead of trying to bullshit your way through and hope your reader doesn't notice the inconsistencies and accuracy. These things *are* noticed -- and much appreciated -- by this reader at least.

In my opinion, plausibility comes from the author. How well read are you? What life experiences have you had? What rings true to you? What sounds like it's a farfetched whopper that you can't believe? The more the author pays attention to the plausibility of the characters' actions, or the situation, and takes steps to address it so it makes sense and is rooted in fact, the more it'll show on the written page.

There are times when I'm reading that I know it's a young writer just by their outlook on things that transfer into the story via their characters' reactions. When I run across a story like that (but I like the storyline otherwise), I'm curious about how they'll grow and develop their writing skills as they experience life, and how much their writing will improve because of it ;)

Sorry. Rambling this morning. More coffee is needed before I start to make sense. Now where did I put that IV drip to the coffee maker...?
Dec. 30th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this wonderfully thought out response. I've noticed that life-experience thing in visual art as well. I wonder sometimes how art school professors can handle all the angsty self-portraiture without rolling their eyes. (Speaking from the experience of someone who's done dozens of angsty self-portraits.)

Age and life experience aside, I also notice a lot of inauthentic work coming from authors my age or older, and I think it's usually inauthentic because it's purely derivative. Instead of observing the world and writing, the authors are reading other people's work and writing based on their observation of the fiction...and usually the stuff they're deriving their ideas from isn't much good to begin with, so the more removed it gets, it keeps feeling more and more hollow.

I just posted something about how to measure the success of a story...I hope you'll post something there. I've been thinking in circles about it for a few days and decided I need some fresh perspective on the dilemma.
Dec. 30th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
...the authors are reading other people's work and writing based on their observation of the fiction...

This, I find to be all too common in fanfiction writing, which is why I just can't read those any more. One person will write something that's inaccurate but sounds cool. Another will take it and use it too. And then, after a while, it becomes "true" and used by nearly everyone in that fandom. Much like the self lubricating uke in yaoi manga. Ugh.

And yes, when I find authors who should know better and should be more experienced with life writing something that's so inauthentic... that, to me, just smacks of laziness. Too lazy to research when the information is easily obtained. Too lazy to look around to *see* what's really out there and observe without their own emotional past and baggage coloring their views...

When I recommended your PsyCops series to a friend recently, she loved the first book even though she hates things written in first person. Your writing was *that* good. She had to stop with Criss Cross, though, because the faces in the water freaked her out too much. Too real, she said, to some of her own experiences. XD But she did ask me to rec some of your other stories because she really did enjoy your writing style and good writing is so hard to come by.
Dec. 30th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Cripes! You know it's bad when seeing dead faces in the water reads as "real!"

I don't know that I'd personally call imitative writing lazy (just because that word is too loaded for me--but I know what you mean). I think learning to write is like learning to drive, where at first every little thing like what your hand is doing and what your foot is doing and where all the controls are seem impossible to keep in mind all at the same time. Someone focused on "is my sentence correct" or "how do I develop my voice" is probably not thinking, "do my details feel authentic?"

It feels like I can dig a little deeper with each thing I write as other things become more second nature. I don't struggle with point of view like I would have ten years ago, for instance, so that's one less thing to make "driving my car" feel scary.

Thank you so much for answering that other question, too! xoxo
Dec. 30th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know that I'd personally call imitative writing lazy (just because that word is too loaded for me--but I know what you mean).

Ack! Sorry, I should've qualified my statement better rather than leaving it open like that. See why I don't write fiction? My communication skills leave much to be desired... Mainly clear and concise writing to be specific. >_<;

When I wrote the above statement, I should've qualified it to the... you know what? I think I'll just stop right here while my foot is firmly in my mouth and not try to cram it in a little more. Hopefully, that'll keep my fingers from spewing out more stuff that I can't find the words to adequately express. XD
Dec. 30th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
I hope it didn't come across that I was chastising you or anything! Just that "lazy" has too loaded of a place in my personal lexicon for me to presume it about anybody else without knowing them and their intentions really, really well!

Back when I worked at a silkscreen printer, a customer once gave us this specific shade of green in which to print their logo. (It's called a Pantone color and it comes with a formula of how many parts black, blue, yellow, etc. would make it.) And I had a really lazy printer who looked at the Pantone book, said, "Oh, green," and grabbed a random green off the shelf to print the shirts.

Now, that's lazy! They gave you a specific number! Match it!

I imagine there are some writers with that printer's "good enough" mentality but I would never presume it without seeing it in action. It's more comforting for me to think they are just juggling too many balls and the authenticity ball fell and rolled away.

Edited at 2011-12-30 09:28 pm (UTC)
Dec. 30th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
No, you didn't come off as chastising or anything even remotely connected to that! If anything, I probably came off as too judgmental and critical, which wasn't my intent at all.

Long story short I just got the cast off my right wrist after having it on longer than normal to get it to heal properly. It's still rather tender so I took a Vicodin and... the brain is not playing well with the thought processes. That's about the first clue I have to... "take your hands off the keyboard and back away sloooowly."

Jan. 3rd, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Gah, I go away for two weeks and miss so much! I didn't realize this was redone as well. I love your covers and look forward to seeing the new ones.
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