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Fun to be had...

I've just been to our parish school's fundraiser, an Irish Huili. It was just at the local Village Hall and we had a heap of fun. After the skits, we had the 2-man band Finn McCool. After such a series of crappy days, it was so neat just to dance wildly with lots of good friends, sing Irish songs loudly, laugh a lot at the little plays we did (luckily I was in the first one so I could enjoy all the rest) and just have a really great time. Now it's nearly one in the morning and I guess I'd better go to bed.

I'll find out how Christy got on at her 'semi-formal' tomorrow as she is staying the night with friends. Mass in the morning. And then I guess it's schoolwork and all that. At least the house is halfway tidy. And we have a heap of food that I didn't get round to using this evening.

So things are feeling okay in the Takahe household. Even my boss popped in this afternoon to say hi as she was passing (I had some of my senior girls here helping Christy and her friends get ready - one girl is half PNG and we had to decide what to do with her incredible gorgeous springy afro hair), and I am feeling better about my life in a school than I did on Friday *snort*! I had to miss my writing course for the first time last Saturday because of Catholic Character Review and soccer Prizegiving, and that really hurt. But I just can't fit writing in this term. I'm weighed down under a 'why bother' kind of frame of mind. Maybe the holiday break will fix that, huh!! I'm re-reading The Bone People. It sucks me in and holds me. I know a lot of people hated it, but it has something I can't let go of. I wish I could write something that did that to others. Something powerful. But it's not really my style. Not just now. I write without that kind of pretension. And it is a kind of pretension, her style. Well, I think it is. So maybe I do like what I write. I dunno, too much sipping of wine and dancing with great men - and women - to think too deeply, or even at all OMG! G'night.

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moth2fic
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
I know what you mean about The Bone People. I loved it - sucked in, like you. But a lot of litfic has that pretentiousness about it as if the writer is peeking over their shoulder or between the lines saying 'look at me; aren't I clever' and whilst this particular example is clever, it isn't anything I'd want to copy, either. Once I've read a litfic novel, or got well into it, my reactions depend on how far the story distracts me from the style. In The Bone People, it did.

I've started reading Steven King's The Dark Tower. Seven volumes and of course it's genre fiction (a sort of fantasy western) and whilst I know King is an excellent writer I'm amazed at how much pretension there is in The Dark Tower. He excuses it in the foreword by explaining that he began it when he was nineteen and grew as a writer in the course of the series. We waited till it was finished before Gail and I bought it! The story is mesmerising and I am treating the style as a writing class session...

I found full time teaching completely inimical to writing anything other than very short stories and poems. There is so much writing to be done in the actual job and your creativity/energy just gets hijacked. (I suppose a man or a single woman with no kids might manage). It doesn't matter - you are storing up observations and incidents that can be used to inspire writing later. The main thing is to keep time for reading because that has the dual virtue of keeping you sane and keeping you with a focus on how to write.

Enjoy the re-read. Enjoy your holiday. And enjoy your grown-up daughter!
natesmountain
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:50 am (UTC)
Thank you, Mothy, it's like you're ahead of me on the same path sometimes, you understand the whole teaching thing so well. I do want to read. I can't read when I'm writing so right now I'm reading a lot. And I definitely read differently now. It's interesting, reading on more than just one or two levels (like enjoying the book, and wondering how I could teach it in the old days) - so much more now!
I don't think I want to read anything much by Stephen King! OMG. Fantasy western? I can't think of something I'd hate more LOL! But I hope you enjoy it! It sounds good... and I trust your recs!
Thanks for your good advice xx
moth2fic
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
Yes, reading on numerous levels is interesting - and quite tiring! It has made me much more critical so books that still appeal to me are pretty good!!

'Safe' is one of them. Interesting setting, well developed characters, an intriguing mystery and a 'natural' writing style. Be careful not to make too many changes and spoil the style!
natesmountain
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
You're so kind about Safe. I have adjusted it a lot but not really changed it. Thanks, Mothy, you give me a lot of confidence to keep going. I have to admit I still love Keeley *g* - and David!

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