dichotomy

Still copy-editing.

It’s been two months or so since I looked at the book. Some bits, I find myself seeing with fresh eyes. Oh. Huh. Those two paragraphs really don’t need to be there. Or, that dialogue echoes a nursery rhyme you really don’t want in your readers’ heads. Fix it.

Others? Are familiar beasts I’ve been battling with since the first time I committed them to the screen. And so I wrestle with them yet again, trying to find that one word that still eludes me — the right word — or how to make that paragraph flow the way it needs to.

Mostly I’m fighting with Tiresias. God damn. How many times have I chipped away at this stupid scene, trying to make the punch land right?

Note to self: don’t put a crazed seer in a story EVER AGAIN. They are uncooperative bastards.

0 Responses to “dichotomy”

  1. tezmilleroz

    Tiresias? Took me awhile to figure out where I remembered that name from… Kelley Armstrong’s Haunted. Though it might have been spelt differently. Oh well, I couldn’t pronounce it then, and I can’t pronounce it now – I’m just not good with angel names πŸ˜‰ Enlighten me, Wise One!

    Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

    • tezmilleroz

      Actually, scrap that – I think I know Tiresias from Oedipus Rex. Sorry, my shoddy brain must’ve been thinking of Tiresiel or something from Haunted. My apologies.

      Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

      • kniedzw

        Yep. The name is a very explicit reference to Greek mythology. He kinda showed up all over the place; Sophocles didn’t have a lock on him.

      • Marie Brennan

        Hey, you gave me the hilarious mental image of this guy as an angel, so it’s all good. <g>

        Mine isn’t the real Tiresias, though. Just a guy nicknamed after him.

  2. unforth

    Hey, vaguely apropos of nothing, how did the Baby Got Back contest go?

    And good luck with the edit. I’m fond of crazed seers, meself, but I don’t envy having to write one…I rather look forward to reading about one, though. πŸ™‚

    • Marie Brennan

      Alas, while I got a lot of people saying they wished they had the artistic talent for it, I did not really get any entries. I may try again some time in the future . . . .

  3. moonandserpent

    Note to self: don’t put a crazed seer in a story EVER AGAIN.

    I figured you’ve been friends with Darja long enough to know that one πŸ™‚

    • Marie Brennan

      Except he needed to be that character. No way around it.

      • mirror_dimly

        In one line you managed to encapsulate so much of my experience of competing in the National Novel Writing Month writing these last few years. First one character shows up, they draw in a few friends and enemies and I (as ‘author’) am left playing catch-up often with that sinking feeling of “Oh now, what did you do _this_ time?” Why is it that the most interesting characters are the _hardest_ to get to cooperate and go exactly where you want them to?

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