November 13th, 2003

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Tonight's writing was hard going, I wasn't inspired, but I did it anyway.

However, several of my characters are currently called name1, name2, name3, and name4 because coming up with good names for them did seem entirely beyond me in this state.
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Some excellent audio books

I know some people sneer at audio books because they're not really "reading," but I really enjoy them. I find the characters come more alive. My own acting abilities are really poor, and when I read a book, a lot of the characters talk in my head in a flat, calm voice, because that's my standard voice. So I love a good reader that can make the characters come alive. When the author is also an excellent writer, the combination is exquisite.

1. Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time, read by Derek Jacobi

2. Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison, read by Ian Carmichael (who also played Lord Peter Wimsey on PBS's Mystery series)

3. Any Rex Stout "Nero Wolfe" book read by Michael Prichard. I don't always like Michael Prichard's reading, but he has Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe down pat, and Stout's spare and perfectly chosen words come through superbly.
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Weird.

I think people who don't have to work for a living, who never had to work for a living, are unable to really understand what most of human life is about. --Sara Paretsky in an interview
I know this is a popular viewpoint, but I'm kind of shocked to hear a fiction writer state it. It's the job of fiction writers to be able to understand things they don't personally experience.
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I did some editing/filling in of earlier stuff tonight, instead of continuing forward - I'm at a point where things get thick, and I needed to make the earlier stuff more consistent. Still managed to add more than 2K words.

It's amazing how many inconsistencies there were. The time of year was summer, fall, and winter...