Thursday, March 30, 2006

And Now for Something Completely Self-Aggrandizing

I've added a link to The Writer's Blog. This is a project started by Charlie, his wife and Amy.

First of all, a word about Charlie. I don't know how this Glasgowian (Glasgowite?) found my blog but I'm sure glad he did. Through him I've met a whole new slew of bloggy friends. He claims that one of his chief characteristics is that he attracts "nutters". I don't think he's referring to people in Blogtopia, they all seem pretty groovy to me. But he does have a decided ability to create community. I don't know if you'd call it a coven or a collective or if he's just the Pied Piper and we're all little Hamelin children, following his music into some weird valley of writers but whatever it is, it's pretty cool.

Now for the blog itself. It's a sort of writing experiment wherein individuals are invited to contribute a few paragraphs to an on-going story. The story itself is not in any way determined. Each contribution gives rise to the next one and it's just sort of emerging into a literary thing. So far, so good.

Charlie emailed me earlier this week, inviting me to participate. I hestitate because, as I have stated often and emphatically, I don't do fiction. Some people have a gift for writing in many and various genre and I bow down before them. I'm best with this expository, essay-like stuff. It's what I'm comfortable with and trust me, I'm doing the world a favor by sticking to it. I have a Word folder titled "Really Bad Fiction" if you don't believe me. But one must never get too comfortable, must one? So when he blew his pipe I came along.

The process was torture. I spent hours working on 3 paragraphs. Then I spent yesterday morning completely rewriting 1 of them before sending it off. I've never been so relieved to finish something in my life. And ok, it doesn't actually suck. Within the context of the fine work of the other writers it's just dandy. It was a good exercise and I was glad I pushed myself to be a little discombobulated, if for no other reason than it made me appreciate even more how much fun this other sort of writing is for me.

Contributors get the reward of recommending someone else to participate. (They are hoping to have something like 50 writers involved before it's over). I suggested JP because a) I owe him so much for his bloggy support, technical and otherwise, b) I think he's brilliant and 3) I knew that he had written fiction. Now I also know that he's a bastard because I recommended him yesterday, his post is already up and I bet he wrote it while he was brushing his teeth.

Anyway, go check it out.



Anonymous Anonymous opined...

I wish.

Charlie found me minutes after your suggestion, I though about it all night and spent probably 2 hours on what is less than 3 paragraphs.

All I can say is, thank God I didn't go where I originally thought to go. It would've taken the story extremely out of context.

And I had completely forgotten about your aversion to writing fiction until this post, especially after reading your wordsmith entry and then stressing about how to maintain that level of quality. You and I will not be playing poker anytime soon, Miss Bluffy Bluffalot.

March 30, 2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger charlie opined...

Well, as a neutral (ha!) observer, I gotta say the whole exercise is blowing socks off left, right and centre (can one have a centre sock? don't answer that!) with the quality of the writing. And I'm with everybody else in thinking that self-deprecation has its place in this life, but not as far as Lorraine's fiction writing abilities are concerned. More please Lorraine!

And, shhhhhhhhhhhh, if it goes really really well right up to and including the end (I get to do the last para!!! Oh yes I do!), we might even put it in a new literary journal a certain blogger form Alabama is due to start shortly. But shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Toot toot :o)


March 30, 2006 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Earnest opined...

I have an idea for he last sentance
"To die, alone, in the rain."

March 30, 2006 2:39 PM  
Blogger Iwanski opined...

That is really great.

There's a certain realism you capture.

You're quite a writer. And in good company with that bunch.

March 30, 2006 3:15 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Iwanski, Thanks. Although I'm afraid you've fallen for one of the oldest tricks in the book: When in doubt, have someone order a martini.

March 30, 2006 3:37 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Crap. Blogger's being weird again. I am not repeating myself. Myself.

March 30, 2006 3:39 PM  
Blogger Display Name opined...

Lorraine!? You are fast joining the ranks of my top ten favorite people ever. Damn your eyes! (said with affection and judge a smidge of jealosy)

March 31, 2006 9:07 AM  
Blogger Display Name opined...

I meant 'just' a smidge of jealosy. Freudian slippage anyone?

March 31, 2006 9:08 AM  

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