And now I really am going to make those Valentines

Some Twilight-type on ‘s comment thread, regarding Big Steve King’s [correct] criticism that La Marchesa S. Meyer cannot write, thought that an _ad hominem_ attack in return would Really Tell That Guy Off, SO THERE:
“Well, I do not think he can write because he is too detailed and most of his stuff is about crazy clowns or kids getting hit by cars. Then again, he is famous, but has he ever made as much as Stephenie for a movie? No, most of his movies went straight to DVD or TV.”

Ripping off what wrote in answer:
“Maybe if the clown had sparkled…”


I should imagine that Big Steve made a dot or two of money off of CARRIE, THE SHINING, and all the other films that hit the big screen. (You could look it up. Somewhere.) I have always said that he’s a good writer because he uses semicolons (no, seriously–take a copy of one of his books and start scanning, and you’ll find them, properly used!) and he makes things vivid. It’s just his subject matter and general theme-commentary that doesn’t grab me.

The “too detailed” bit really gags me because I’ve heard THAT from more than one literary agent. What the hell that MEANS, well, they don’t agree exactly about that, but I suspect that when they feel the “pace dragging” (whether it is or not) they point at “details” and scream. I agree that freight-trained strings of adjectives are not always cool, but I also find that the telling detail is everything as far as my ability to visualize what the writer is telling me about. The vivid, continuous dream only rolls film when there ARE such telling details. And witty repartee.

Thy mileage may differ. (But it won’t VARY! Don’t ask.)

In other news, PLEASE, INDUSTRY PROS WHO BLOG, the WORD is “PIQUED” when you are saying, “This piqued my interest.” It is NOT “PEAKED.” Please!

It’s from the French _piquer_, “to prick.” I’ll bet “piquant” helped it along, too. If my interest peaks later, it’ll be because my interest is at a maximum on the interest-curve. But if it’s merely piqued, what’s going on is that I’m dipping the chip again to see if that really tasted as good as I thought. There’s a distinction to be made here, and let us not lose that as a result of careless or thoughtless usage that leads to “changes in usage” (aaaack, but don’t get me started.).

I see PEAKED misused constantly in the blogs of *industry pros* who make the mistake over and over again. Carpenters, know your tools. Take a moment to memorize this. We thank you kindly.


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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