Not that I’m going to be predictable and do a countdown or anything like that. Its just interesting to note that in this measurable period of time, I’ll step over that boundary between being a private person with a very small public persona, to a private person with a very large, global in fact, persona. An interesting perspective don’t you think?
I’m making my way through the very last chance I’ll get to craft any corrections, catch any typos, or change my mind about anything at all about my novel. Scary stuff. My mind tries to slip into the innumerable, ’what if’s’ of tweaking just one more sentence. After about 30 seconds I stop it, usually by smacking my forehead on the desk and saying, in increasing loud increments, “no, no, No, No, NO, NO, STOP !!!”
It’s not that bad really, but I am reaching the stage of thinking that if I read this sentence, paragraph, chapter, one more time, I’ll … I’ll … explode or something.
I distracted myself this evening by watching a DVD. It’s called ‘Stranger Than Fiction’, and stars Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifa, Tom Hulce, and Linda Hunt. It’s a slightly offbeat story about what can happen when a writers characters come alive, literally.
I’m not a big Will Ferrell fan but he put in a wonderfully understated performance that rather impressed me. And it doesn’t hurt any film to have Emma Thompson, Queen Latifa, and Linda Hunt (one of my all time actor-ish heroes) in it, that’s for sure.
The dialogue is wonderful and all the actors do a superb job. Watch it if you get a chance.
“I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and started writing science fiction around the same time” – Octavia Butler