Sweating the details
Wrestling with the PostIts still on the rewrite, it’s like the stage of getting the manuscript back from my editor and finding one small notation in the margin that throws an entire sub-plot into question. So with my own notes, three or four words will represent two long days of sweating the details.
I really, really must learn how to outline a novel. If anyone has learned how to do this (as opposed to doing it because it’s natural to them) could they please let me know how? I could turn out two or three books a year if I didn’t have to rewrite.
I wrote a bit ago about Cuba, and for those interested in the ongoing ban of things Cuban, you might look at the site of a humanitarian group, whose attempt at giving a collection of computer equipment to Cuban school kids made the administration unhappy. Right, clearly the IFCO’s stuff was meant for the Castro regime to use in bringing down the evil West.
And in the comments to the comic Novel post, FeltHat asked about about proposed legislation in Britain that would make it illegal to joke about god. I hadn’t heard about the proposal, but if it is true, it’s nothing new–for many years in Britain, sacrilege was a felony. Dorothy Sayers’ radio play about Jesus was hugely radical for the time, since it marked the first broadcast of Jesus as an object of entertainment. (Assuming that listeners found the play entertaining, which is stretching the meaning of the word.) Odd, considering the generally blase attitude Brits take about the whole religion thing. The business of dragging God into political speeches and victories in sporting events leaves them, by and large, hugely puzzled. And rightly so.