Time to discuss anything of interest in the writing life.
My first thoughts are about last week’s story mashup. I learned a few things. When more than one writer is writing into the same story, the lack of story discipline is a double-edge sword. Reading it was a bit like reading Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, without a theme. The characters stand out sharply and the story has unexpected energy. But the storyline takes awhile to emerge and the plot is uncertain. Still, I suspect that readers might eventually embue a good mashup story with their own sense of theme.
The unidentified flying objects we’ve been shooting down worries me. Are we poor sci-fi writers about to lose entire stereotypes? Alien life form cliches would vanish if we knew the reality. It could ruin my story about Roy luring aliens to earth with copies of Julie Brown’s song, “Earth Girls are Easy.”
As you can tell, Open Comments Week is pretty open. Use the comments section to discuss anything of interest to you. 😏
Severely beaten as a child by a WWII hero and combat-induced-PTSD stepfather, the author, as a teen, faced the old man down with a shotgun and earned his blessing to join the military at the time Americans were learning about a country called Vietnam. The “lazy, no good son-of-a-bitch” opted out of combat and hard labor by becoming an Air Force medic, stamping out suffering and misery on Freedom’s Frontier at Clark Airbase in S.E. Asia and earning some kind of medal pinned on him personally by then Secretary of the Air Force, Harold Brown, for “Saving lives, etc.”
There followed a summer in Europe ending in the first of happy marriages. Then graduation with University Honors, kids worth dying for and a career in business. Life is good.
Author, The Phoenix Diary, Penguin, 2015.
Founding Member, Writers Co-op.
Co-Editor, The Rabbit Hole anthologies.
Founder, SciFi Lampoon Magazine.
Contributing Editor, A Celebration of Storytelling
Current WIP: Code Blue and Little Deaths, stories from Clark during the Vietnam War.
Recipient of the Psi Young award for Creative Biography.
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