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Zero Hour cutting room floor

I'm doing a lot of throwing away of writing lately. What a pain...though I guess there's nothing to be done if that's what it takes to get to the part that does feel right, the part that you do keep.

This clip felt self-contained, so I'll post it here.


Hurrying entailed a lot more running, and then a frantic flinging of branches and a cautious relocation of a stinking pile of remains that Will speculated may once have been either a pit bull or a coyote. “I suppose we could tell them there was more debris—but no, I think Abraham would see through it.”


“How could he, if we’d cleared it?”


“Idiom. I know you think you invented the lie, but Abe and I figured out the process when we were about twelve—and of course there’s also the misdirection, the exaggeration and the upsell. I’ve got the training center to thank for that information.”


“I wish I would’ve been routed to sales. It sounds fascinating.”


“There’s plenty of time now to learn everything about everything.” Will flung a branch off the tracks in a striking display of accuracy and finesse. “You’ll be a dangerous C754 once we finish filing off that fresh-from-the-POD innocence.” He planted his hands on his hips and cocked his head. “Although I’ll miss it.”


Innocence? Ernest mentally scanned a few synonyms. Blamelessness. Harmlessness. Purity. “No one can be both innocent and dirty.”


Will turned and knocked some brush away that probably wouldn’t have even impeded the magnetic propulsion. He had an odd smile on his face, understated and a bit crooked, nothing Ernest remembered from the expression chart. Ernest chose not to ask about it. Will had too many ways to answer him without actually leaving him any the wiser.




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Jan. 4th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Oh, the beauty of computers and Word - no waste of paper and ink, no basket filling with crumpled pieces of rejected prose. All nicely covered up, and in a day or two you forget how much you "unwrote". Maybe. If we're lucky.

Jan. 4th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
I've never thought of it in terms of the cliche author of movies/TV with a wastebasket full of crumpled balls of paper! I would have been drowning in paper after writing Elixir; that story was a bitch.

I wonder if writers on computer write differently than paper writers/typers...if we're more apt to just put anything down with the knowledge we can back up, rearrange, delete. That seems like a better way to go, a sketchier, more impulsive way! I like it!
Jan. 4th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
Just wanted to drop in and thank you for the Vic & Jacob Christmas short. I loved it (Vic did do a very cool thing for Jacob!) - very satisfying and peaceful. Thank God for a couple of more PsyCops. If you'd ended your series in the same year that Josh ended his and Syd McGinley ended hers, I'd be bereft!
Jan. 4th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
Your comment really resonated with me, so Stroke of Midnight was practically tailor-made for you!

Syd and Josh just write faster than me, I think.
Jan. 4th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
If you mean Syd's Dr. Fell series, that hasn't ended. There are a few stories set in Dr. Fell's world which focus on Tommy and which came out recently. There should be at least one more Dr. Fell and Dave story, too, from what I understand. "Petsitting" was meant to be a little standalone story, but the series just grew and grew.

It's nice to see the little snippets of what Vic and Jacob have been up to. You get the feeling that they're going along living their lives in between the books.

There are some cool other stories you'll likely see this year. Jordan's "Sleepwalker" is a neat little mystery. I really liked the protagonists in that one.
Jan. 5th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
Yes, of course. And I loved reading more about Tommy. He turned out to be one of my favorite characters. But, it seems to me that Syd tied things up (ahem) pretty neatly in Dolorosa. I don't think she'll abandon the Dr. Fell verse completely, but I think for all intents and purposes, the arc is completed.

And oh yes, JCP, is among my "automatic buys" - I'll scarf up anything that she writes!
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