Saturday, November 03, 2007

From The Tightrope

Richard Ford, one of the modern masters of the short story gives a masterclass:

Great stories are congeries of plan, vigour, will and application, but also of luck and error and intuition and even, God knows, sudden inspiration, for all of which there is no key, and in the midst of which things often just happen - a fact that should make us like stories even better for their life-mimicking knack of seeming to come out of nowhere, thereby fortifying our faith in art and life’s mystery.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Do Tell

I now have the power to scan - and here's the cover rough for the mass market paperback of Players, which my publishers reckon is solidly commercial (and who am I to argue?). There's a crossbow in it, but it's also about MMOPRGs. And hubris.

Reading: Dylan's Chronicles (soundtrack:The Bootleg Series Volume 1). Rereading: Alastair Reynolds's Absolution Gap.
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