Electric Grandmother

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spark electric grandmother
arc against the night

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Writing a short story review...

Any suggestions?


What a day. Some might say it's a bad day, though for some it's a really good day. It's all about perspective. How one sees things. How one chooses to see things.

I'm going to choose to see this as a good day.

Last night, though I should have been writing a new story, I worked on an old one. I see so many flaws now, and it's a little bit frustrating. At least it means I'm getting better -- well, it probably means that. But the rewriting process? Gah.

Today I've been working on writing a review which means I've been, to a certain extent, dissecting Kelly Link. And now my brain hurts. Just a little bit.

Feeling low on the writing front. I'm having a "What am I thinking?" sort of day. A "Do I actually think this is going to go anywhere?" sort of day. A "Am I just wasting my time?" sort of day.

Maybe this is part of the reason why writers (especially would be writers) are encouraged to read both the masterpieces and the crap. The masterpieces (when they're not depressing a person because the writer knows they'll never that good, that magical) are to give the writing something to reach for, which the crap is to boost the writer's self-esteem. And in the end, the writer learns from both.

It's hard on one's ego to realize that some people may read them so they can say, "What a load of garbage. I can write better than that."

Well, it's still being an inspiration, I suppose.


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