Writer Workshop October 7th, 2015

(Posted by chris the cynic)

Those of you who also frequent Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings will find this somewhat familiar.  Here, as there, it was requested that there be a regular post to talk about writing projects (and other artwork-creation). Thus this post exists.

Pencil by Elisa Xyz

What are you working on? How are you feeling about it? What thoughts and/or snippets would you like to share? How does your activism work into your art? What tropes are you hoping to employ and/or avoid? Are there any questions you’d like to ask or frustrations you’d like to vent?  Writing workshop below!

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One thought on “Writer Workshop October 7th, 2015

  1. christhecynic October 7, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Apparently Stephanie Meyer wrote a gender-flopped Twilight (as a sort of tenth anniversary treat) which went on sale yesterday.

    She named female-Edward “Edythe”. “Edythe” is a spelling variation of “Edith”. One that was not seeing much use (so little that it fell below the chart) as a baby name when or where Edward/Edythe was born. (Edith, on the other hand, ranks 32nd most popular.)

    All I did was steal her setting, her premise, the last names of all of her characters, the family relationships in her work, and so forth in order to make Edith and Ben. Now she’s turned around and stolen the name of one of my main characters.

    I know I have precisely zero cause to be irked, but I still find myself irked in a way that I wouldn’t be if she’d called female-Edward something like “Edna”. Edna because it keeps the “Ed” and is the thirteenth most popular name for girls born in Edward’s birth-year which is in keeping with the popularity of Edward (9th most popular in his birth year.)

    Even if she had gone with something not-Edna, I’d still be kind of annoyed because she wrote this thing, an entire novel, in a fairly short time while Edith and Ben is still just a collection of fragments in site of being started much earlier. As Tom Lehrer said of Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel, it’s people like that who make you realize how little you’ve accomplished.

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