Monday, August 30, 2010

Reading, Writing, & Mythmatic

My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz.  It's the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz.  You'll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond 'Z' and start poking around!  ~   Dr. Seuss

The definition of READING:  The dictionary says it’s the act or practice of a reader.
Simple enough!
Notes to self: Read. A lot.
The definition of WRITING: The dictionary says it’s language characters written or imprinted on readable matter.
Simple enough!
Notes to self: Write. A lot.
The definition of MYTHMATICS: Lala says it’s the art and science of fiction and it is not to be defied.
Simple enough!
Notes to self: Forget about the NYC super-agent who told me the setting for my manuscript, Widow’s Row, was ... “Ludicrous. No small town would have that kind of thing". She added, “Not in this world.” Well, as it so happens my manuscript is set in the actual sleepy southern Colorado town of Trinidad, known widely as the “sex change capitol of the world”. This is fact, and in my book of fiction. And the reason she rejected Widow’s Row.
I’m not writing historical fiction where my facts have to be correct, down to the very brand of shoelaces young women wore on their lace-up boots in the Victorian Era. But of course I wouldn’t use a real town and brand it something it is not.
What I see in the publishing industry is exciting! Writers are finding their voices and writing what they want to write, AND getting their work published. Is it good enough? Time will tell. The numbers won’t be fictional.
I guess my ranting is about the one true fact that fiction should be fun. It’s where you get to lie and make stuff up!
Today I wish you a little bit of make-believe!

Debut release of Widow's Row coming soon!

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree that fiction should be fun. And if any disclosures need to be made regarding stretching or distorting fact, that's what Author's Notes are for.

    I tend to do a fairly signficant part of my non-fiction learning however, through fiction. Because it's fun. So I totally love it when I can trust an author to have done their research.