I wonder if authors who recommend not talking about your book while you’re working on it do so not because it helps the writing, but because usually the other person’s eyes glaze over instantly as they do anything they can to change the subject. Because that’s discouraging. And leaves me feeling lonelier than not making the attempt.
Ouch. I’m sorry to hear your friends suck. (Well, your other friends, I mean. I’m awesome.)
When I recommend not talking about your WIP, it’s because for me, when I let myself do it, I use up all of the urge to tell that story. And then there’s nothing left driving me to go on at the keyboard.
Ha, blog post idea: Unfair portrayals of Mr Smee. In the meantime, I’ll make sure I’m depicting him as the genial sociopath J.M. Barrie intended.
I like to imagine that Mr Smee and John Watson get together every so often and grouse about their respective portrayals in mass media over a cup of tea.
thealmightydm asked: I a working on this novel series and I post the chapters as I work on them for people to read before I publish (I see no reason to keep a story under wraps while I work on it, I want it to be read, not to make money.) But I am having a hard time gaining followers. Do you have any suggestions on how to get my stuff out there?
Marketing is tricky. As a writer, we want to believe all we have to do is write, but the truth is, if no one hears about your story, you’re stuck.
Find places like share your work. Follow other people not to get follows back, but to genuinely do them the same favor you want done to you; reading their work. Tailor your blog toward what you’re interested in, because chances are, other people will be interested to. Consider branching out; a lot of writers do side projects to get more attention on their main work, and it works really well. Find what you’re interested in, and explore the hell out of it.
Movies SXSW: Tobe Hooper talks about the new, restored version of ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’
On Monday, March 10, a forty-year-old terror will return to Austin, Tx., when a newly restored version of horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is screened at the SXSW Festival ahead of the movie’s theatrical rerelease this summer. “It’s great on the big screen,” says filmmaker Tobe Hooper, who cowrote and directed the infamous 1974 film in the countryside outside of Austin, and also worked on the restoration. “It’s in 7.1 sound that completely wraps around you and in 4K [resolution]. The film works as well, if not better, than it originally did.”
I don’t recognize offhand what movie this is from, or if it’s a posed publicity still or anything – so I think I’m just going to go ahead and assume that this is basically just what happened whenever Christopher Lee showed up anywhere.