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Category: Writing and the Process Thereof

Tropes are not bad: The Parable of the Sculptor

A sculptor laid out his tools in front of a blank block of marble. He closed his eyes and envisioned the finished product. He wanted to carve a bust of Pallas. Why not? They’re all the rage these days, and he could sculpt like no other, creating a truly unrivalled Athena. He set to work carving, and within a few hours he had a beautiful sculpture. He gave it to a museum to display, but they rejected the piece. The letter from the curator said that marble sculptures were tired and cliched. They were looking for pieces carved from new, exciting materials like thorium.

The sculptor, not one to be easily rebuffed, put on his best HAZMAT suit and started carving a new sculpture from thorium. The new sculpture was just like the old one, only with a silvery metallic colour, and the inconvenient habit of causing anyone who directly touched it to grow a third arm. The sculptor sent this one in, too, but received it back with another letter from the curator. This letter, written in very shaky handwriting, said that he liked the artistic statement the sculpture made, but it doesn’t demonstrate new horizons in the craft of sculpting. It uses the same old techniques that everyone’s been using for hundreds of years. The letter suggested that the sculptor try something innovative. Read the rest of this entry »


NaNoWriMo 2009 Retrospective

NaNoWriMo 2009 Winner!
Short version: I did it. Read the rest of this entry »

So close I can taste it

We’re at the home stretch of NaNoWriMo, with just three more days plus the rest of today. Currently my word count is at 44690, with the goal for today being just over 45000. I was having my doubts earlier about whether I would be able to bring the novel to a satisfying close and still hit the fifty thousand goal, but now I think I can do it. My goal for this weekend is to stay well above the daily word count goals. It would be a shame to get that close and fall short by a few hundred words.

NaNoWriMo Week 3

I’m behind on my word count, so this’ll be kind of short. Week three didn’t go as well as week two, but it wasn’t horrible. I was a bit busy, which pushed me behind. Sometimes at the end of a long day you can’t do anything more than collapse on the bed and fall asleep. I’m working my way back up, though. At this point I should probably be back on track by Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

With apologies to Bon Jovi: NaNoWriMo Week 2

We’re halfway there!


Sorry about that. It had to be done. Anyway, week two is officially over now. You should have around 25 thousand words by now. I just hit that point tonight. I was a little behind on the word count all weekend, but today I pulled up my socks and wrote all afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »