uh oh, the French are at it again

I've started reading The Plague, by Albert Camus since I liked The Stranger so much, and .... sigh. It's the same problem I had with Madame Bovary and to a lesser extent, Swan's Way. There are no characters, and just descriptions of things happening in a very passive, drawn back way. I don't know if …

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The Stranger, by Albert Camus

I've broken my streak of giving up on French classics! This was a short, and somewhat disturbing read. The story opens with the character, Meursault, stating that his mother has died, though he's not exactly sure when, and then describes her funeral. We soon find that the Meursault does not seem to have any emotional connection to …

my mother is a fish, or, As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

Why have I never read Faulkner before? This was a great story of a terrible family full of selfish people, told in many different voices from at least a dozen points of view. Faulkner claims that he wrote the novel from midnight to 4:00 AM over the course of six weeks and that he did …

is love just imagination?

I was listening to some classical music on my local classical station on the way in to work today, and one song was said to have been composed for a play about a sculpture who fell in love with his statue. After some googling, I think this is Pygmalion, in Greek mythology. This made me wonder …

can’t write? edit!

I've been having some trouble creating lately... so I'll delete instead! It's been nearly a year since I reached the end of my novel, so it's about time I started editing it. So, I started... and I'm wondering if I've really improved that much in the past year, or if I was just blinded by …

Hello world

It's my six year anniversary with this blog. Good golly does time fly. I feel my writing has improved by orders of magnitude in the past six years, but other parts of me feel I've just been treading water. Most of my progress has been internal, and not really evident in the real world. I …

Not writing is depressing

Fingers gotta type words, and mine haven't been. My blog has been stagnating, oops! And I'm wondering if this is having an effect on my current project not moving forward. My gears are rusting perhaps... I find that whenever I go too long without making progress on whatever I'm writing, I get really down. I …