Thursday, August 11, 2005

Conversions

A couple days ago, Caitlin mentioned the low rates at which her books are selling, and what little effect a good review in EW seems to have. This discussion got picked up over at Beatrice, where some good input and math turned into a discussion about the books themselves. And that got something going over at Shaken & Stirred.

I for one enjoy her books immensely. They're beautifully written, horrific in the best sense of the word, and it's not necessary for the plot to be obvious 50 pages into the book. It's not necessary for a book to have a plot at all; maybe that's not everyone's cup of tea, but I don't think she's guilty of writing aimless books.

Sugu called last night from Japan, and we talked for four hours. He's doing pretty well, and still really hates the last SW. We talked some about that, and the growing number of writers like Kelly Link who inhabit this no man's land it seems between genre and literary, and whether this no man's land isn't where most everything is. It was good talking to him, it had been a while.

Before that I wrote another 10 pages in the Angel Book, but didn't finish Chapter Seven. It's probably getting too long, and I'll look for a place to snip it. Hopefully I'll finish that tonight, and then I want to get to the Aran Islands story.

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