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Ursula K. Le Guin’s anniversary

There’s another anniversary going, and that’s the death of Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the great literary giants to grace the field of science fiction and fantasy.
I always preferred her non-fiction to her fiction, and I decided to remember her by spending the evening reading her collection of essays, Dreams must explain themselves, and before that, while I was making dinner, I found out and enjoyed very much Learning From Le Guin, a long, fascinating lecture by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Check the video out.
It is always great to be able to learn from the greatest.


Narrative buttressing

And so, I spent the weekend doodling instead of writing.

The day before I was really on a roll – on Friday I hammered out 6000 words in two sittings, and that’s quite a bit of work.
In the meantime I got the revision of the first half back from my content editor.

Now, a lot of what he pointed out was already on my list, so I took it in stride – but he made a few other observations that were unexpected, and pointed out a number of problems.
And they are not word-problems – they are structural problems.
Or at least, they are problems whose solutions I think must be structural, not narrative1. Continue reading