Gunmetal Magic is a finalist for Australian Romance Reader Award. Thank you so much to ARRA.
Edits for Magic Rises came in. Looks like no giant structural changes but a lot of smoothing and polishing. Quote from the editor, “This book is fantastic!” We’re discussing the possibility of including Saiman’s deleted scenes as a bonus short.
We’re repeatedly asked if Magic Tests will be available for individual purchase: yes, but not until October 2013, when the rights revert back to us.
We’re also repeatedly asked about the origin of “Thanks, Obama!” joke: http://forlackofabettercomic.com/?id=136
Let’s see I think that’s everything for now.
It is cold in Texas. Right now it’s around 30°F but feel more like low twenties. Gordon has finally succeeded at turning me into a Southerner. I came down the stairs today to let the dogs out, opened the door, and said, “Damn, it’s cold.”
Watched Django this weekend. We really enjoyed it. It’s very violent and disturbing, and I am glad, because we need to be disturbed by slavery.
I was going to take a picture of the new cat tree for you, but unfortunately my USB camera cord is kaput. I’ll try to get Gordon to get me a new one today from Best Buy. Short version: ordered cat tree online; it arrived on time and was easy to put together; it’s big and solid and the cats dig it. Saw a much, much smaller tree in Petsmart for 20% than we paid. Detailed review will be posted later.
I know I’m late to the party but my husband just turned me onto an Independent Film Chanel tv series (now over) called Dinner for Five. They have an official youtube chanel you can watch episodes on for free: https://www.youtube.com/user/DinnerForFive. The last episode of Season 3 contained a Lipton-esque interview with Martin Scorsese in which they discussed the difference between story and plot. I looked this up, not being a writer myself, and I get the technical difference but I’m wondering how that plays out in your writing? Which you focus on and why?
I thought of you when watching this part of the interview because Scorsese talks about the importance of the characters and the story over the plot which reminded me of something I thought you have wrote about before though I cannot recall where specifically (and could be mistaken).
I think this is the video in question. I found it on YouTube.
Plot is the actual progression of events. Story is the emotional tapestry against which that plot is presented. Let’s take Star Wars, Episode 6.
Plot: Luke Skywalker rescues his friend Han Solo and returns to Dagoba to find his friend dying. Yoda’s final advice is for Luke to confront his father, Darth Vader. The Rebel Alliance learns of the new Death Star, to destroy which they need to disable shiled generators protecting it on the planet of Endor. Luke and Han Solo lead a small strike force down on the planet of Endor, where with assistance of the local tribe, they attempt to destroy shield generators protecting the Death Star.
Luke informs Leia that he’s her brother and surrenders himself to the Empire. Darth Vader takes him to the Death Star, where they meet the Emperor,w ho tries to convince Luke to kill Vader and take his place.
The Rebel Alliance launches a fleet to destroy Death Star and is met with vigorous resistance. As the fleet arrives, the Emperor attempts to turn Luke to the Dark Side. A violent confrontation ensues. The Emperor attempts to kill Luke, and Vader throws the Emperor down a shaft to save his son, ensuring his own death. After Vader dies, Luke escapes. Han’s team disables the generators and the Death Star is destroyed.
There you go, cut and dry. Not much to it, and really the entire Han rescue doesn’t advance the plot. In fact, it could be cut and the main storyline wouldn’t really suffer. Leia takes Han’s place as the head of the strike force and we proceed. The entire thing could fit into half an hour. So why is it there?
It’s there because we’re emotionally invested in Han’s survival, because Jabba the Hutt’s palace is the den of scum and villainy and we can’t wait to visit, and because we want Han and Leia to get together.
That’s the difference. Plot moves things along, but the story makes us feel something.