Speed brooding

09 Nov

I spent a fair amount of every day brooding over one matter or another, although brooding is perhaps the wrong word;  there is nothing unhappy or unpleasant about my thoughts. I am brooding now, for example, and I am also in a wonderful mood. Both of these things are true.

(I am in a wonderful mood because this morning, it snowed, and the first snow always makes me giddy as a child on Christmas morning. Although inexplicably, it snowed large, hard pellets giving the outside world the appearance of a place which has had Dipping Dots rained down on it.)

What I’m brooding about, this morning – and indeed, most of yesterday — is the matter of speed. Speed writing, specifically. This is not a new thing to cross my mind and leave me puzzling and worrying.

I have role models and icons for my life in all different places, for different reasons. In terms of writing style and character and tone, I look up to Neil Gaiman, John Steinbeck, Charles Dickens. But in terms of output and speed of writing, I worship at the altars of Isaac Asimov, John Creasey, Andre Norton, etc. Blisteringly fast writers.

This is not the first time I’ve talked about this, aloud or on the internet. Always, my conversation comes ’round to mentioning that, when I was younger, I wrote a lot faster. 10,000 words in a day? Easy, and common. Some of the reasons why this used to be, but no longer is, I’ve identified. I was more confident then, not because of any great ego or pride in my own fiction, but just because I didn’t know to be less confident. There were so many things I never considered about my writing, so I just wrote.

These days, I consider more and write slower, and the quality of the prose that comes out is much improved for it. I know that The Nondescript is miles above anything I wrote in my teenager years (quietly, I cannot help but think it’s perhaps above anything I’ve written in my adult years too).

And yet, that’s never enough, I am never satisfied. What’s brought this up recently is the Tea Debacle, which features some members who are producing 20-30,000 words a week. super-duper! Zowie! This is no great marathonic stretch for some writers, who produce that much anyway. This just provides an outlet for them to continue business as usual and be able to talk about it.

I have a book called Yours, Isaac which is a collection of letters Asimov sent to friends and editors and other people over the years. He talks about writing, and about being so prolific. I will admit, I poured over it like a brand new author, looking for a magic feather that I knew was absolutely not there.

Because there is no magic feather, although in my weakness, I continue to look for it in every conversation I have about writing speed. I love learning more about how fast people write fast. It fascinates me, the same way a young boy might question Superman about what it’s like to fly. I long for it, I go nuts for the idea of it.

There’s no magic feather. I can tell you without asking anyone, the trick to it is: 1) Hard work 2) Discipline.

Of course. That’s true with everything.

Discipline is not an area in which I have any great success. It does not come easy to me, and it abandons me the moment I stop focusing on it. Moderation is another one. If I do not physically and consciously work to only have one or two cans of Mountain Dew a day, for example, then I would wind up having twelve or so. I have no middle gears. God forbid I ever develop a taste for alcohol (I won’t; I steer clear on purpose).

Discipline is where it falls apart for me. When I was younger and had more energy, I could spend more hours writing and get more done, because the love was enough. Now, I’m older and while the love is still there, it’s finding its living quarters in my head a little cramped. There are other things now: family, a son, bills, a house to clean, planning for events six months down the road, and so on. When I was younger, I did a poor job moving through life because the only thing in my brain was story. Turning it over and over and over. Now, I find that I really have to shunt other things to focus on story.

Well, what is the solution? I have no idea. I am hardly going to divest myself of my family or my life — both of which are simple, good things and I love them dearly — to better sacrifice myself to my art. This is what brings me to that tricky foreign country, for which I have no visa: Moderation, Discipline. I don’t speak the language, and I don’t have a map.

I can pull tricks: I ban myself off AW, knowing that when I’m tired, I’ll just stare at the place and while away all hours of the day like some sort of drug addict. I participate or come up with contests — like the Tea Debacle, or earlier in the year when I just raced Lori by herself — because it gives me accountability to another person. Accountability is a huge trick for me, one that’s always worked more or less well.  How to properly use it, I have no idea. Posting fiction online was always a great trick (and a common one, when I was younger, and I wonder if I have no built-in discipline now because so much of my stuff went online, and from the beginning of my public career, I used that as a crutch?) but it’s a trick that does me no good, when I’m writing a novel. I can hardly post that online. Recently, with God in the Machine, my output was huge every week (although exhausting, because there was no room for other projects, and it turned into a slog of poor planning too soon) because I had put myself and my story in the public eye, saying: I will give you this many words on this date, promise.

Someone always points out that producing 3,000 words a day, or a little more, is in no way a bad amount. And it isn’t. So long as I make more than seven words, I think I’m ahead of James Joyce (who cheated and just made words up sometimes). But while it may be a good amount, it’s not good enough for me. I brood and crave the speed all the time. If there is one topic of my writing which bothers me more than any other (and this is very nearly the only one; I no longer brood about my style, and with The Nondescript, I am not brooding about most other things. I have solved a huge number of problems that I always thought about, in recent days. A lot has just changed).

This post goes nowhere, in case you’re wondering. Like I said, it’s just me brooding over my morning pot of tea.


Posted by on November 9, 2007 in Uncategorized


40 responses to “Speed brooding

  1. tjwriter

    November 9, 2007 at 8:42 am

    I feel you, Pete. Sometimes I play Author, the Role Playing Game and thinking about thinking about writing. How cool it would be to stay home and write all.

    My biggest problem tends to be that when other stuff stresses me out, my Writer Brain shuts off. Completely. I have the awfulest time trying to churn out anything. I find it best go do something completely relaxing. Read a book, play with the little one, etc.

    I like to think I do a pretty good job on moderation most of the time, but I know there have been times I’ve royally failed.

    It often gets horribly difficult for me because of the jam packed schedule I keep. If I take signifcant time to write, I’m neglecting something else, and the guilt sucks. So I trade off. I go offline one weekend to get some cleaning done, and spend another doing all the stuff I want to do.

    But it seems I’m big on guilt in my life in general. I feel guilt for working, which goes hand-in-hand with my desire to stay home with my daughter. I feel guilty that the husband and I don’t spend enough time together. I feel guilty that I get stressed out and angry with my family because I’m tired and worn threadbare most of the time. I carry huges amounts of guilt.

    So anyway, enough of my rambling…

  2. tjwriter

    November 9, 2007 at 8:47 am

    P.S. I was looking at the national map earlier, and I thought, “It’s snowed up near Pete. I wonder if he got any snow?”

    Then I was horribly jealous of the thought because I love snow.

  3. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 8:49 am

    No, by all means, ramble on. I’m going to try not to bubble over at people who comment on this post (as I said, I am fixated on the topic).

    Guilt is part of what gets to me, although I would be fascinated and itching for speed-writing even without it. I AM a full-time writer, a stay-at-home dad, and the itching guilt comes up when I realize that I need to finish a book fast and send it out to people, because I’m not bringing anything in, and really want to. (Writers like Alan Moore did what I did: took a year off work when it was financially foolish to do so and tried to make a go out of full-time writing. I’m in the same boat, and impatiently get frustrated at the drop of a hat).

    Similarly, if I spend all day writing — or worse, staring at the internet — I feel bad for failing to clean up some part of the house which needs it, or make dinner properly, or even just spend more time playing with screaming baby fuss-bucket.

    So I do understand what you mean, on that point… 🙂

  4. tjwriter

    November 9, 2007 at 8:56 am

    And some of it waxes and wanes. Right now Piper is developing her own interests and sometimes she’ll tell me, “Away, Mommy.” Other times it’s all Mommy, all the time.

    Ideally, what I’d like to do is do some freelance writing for the income while I develop fiction writing. And send my daughter to my mom’s (who watches her now) on a much more abbreviated schedule, and have time to cook a dinner for when the husband gets home so that we can have some family time in the evening because it sure isn’t happening right now. I could blog my schedule, as it’s insane. I need to blog a couple of things.

    Honestly, if you wanted a few bucks, I’m sure some parenting gig would pick up an essay or article from you. You do a great blend of humor and truth, imho.

  5. tjwriter

    November 9, 2007 at 9:55 am

    *Broods all alone.*

  6. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 10:07 am

    I’m here too. I’m just trying to get a mess of writing done. 🙂

    One interesting thing I’ve always noticed, when I start brooding about this and all the thoughts and slight-guilt begins to pile up is, it rubs up against my Crap Threshold and I go “screw THIS” and that’s the day I turn out 15,000 words and my wife comes home to find me noodle-armed and hyperactive.

    I don’t know if that holds true for you, or anyone else, when brooding…?

  7. tjwriter

    November 9, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Pfffft! Writing, what do thing your in, a contest or something? I’m being productive at work today, so I guess that’s good. I shall ponder my story at lunch and maybe get some writing done. I’ve slacked horribly this week.

    I need work out some details, and figure out how to have my characters study tomes of prophecies without making it boring for the reader. Or I could just write whatever strikes my fancy and worry about all that later.

  8. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Do the second part. Say “screw the reader!” and write whatever strikes your fancy, and then figure out what the reader might think later.

    *shrug* That may not be sound advice in the slightest. It’s working very well for me in The Nondescript, but since no one’s seen it but me, who knows? 🙂

  9. tjwriter

    November 9, 2007 at 10:18 am

    That’s what I tend to do. Might as well get what I need to out of the system and tidy it up later when I have the whole picture.

  10. tjwriter

    November 9, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Also, I’ve decided I really need a day away from everybody and everything where I can write until my heart is content. Le sigh.

  11. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Isn’t that a nice idea? I wouldn’t mind doing that myself. When I get in that mood, I start wanting to do the Les Stroud thing and go eke out an existence on an African plain somewhere, except that I don’t think that would leave me a huge amount of time for actual WRITING… 🙂

  12. tjwriter

    November 9, 2007 at 11:17 am

    I’d like to take a weekend to some lodge somewhere where the husband can go do some hunting thing, and I can sit next to a roaring fire with coffee or tea, typing out my heart’s desire.

  13. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 11:20 am

    I have no use for hunting in the slightest, but I wouldn’t mind sitting by a roaring fire. AND I wouldn’t mind some tea.

    (I write best in different places. The best way to get me to write thousands and thousands of words is to suddenly install me in a coffee shop, a crowded mall, a Greyhound bus, a hotel room, etc. I write and write and write.)

  14. Arachne Jericho

    November 9, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Magic feathers… I actually made a thread about that on AW with some speed tips. I actually used “magic feathers” in the title. Very simple, maybe too simple. Someone came upon it and said, “Well… aren’t YOU smart.” Maybe they weren’t intending to be smarmy, but it’s the net.

    I believe in magic feathers. You have to, because otherwise you can’t do the crazy things you need to do. The feather is never magic, except in your head, and that’s all you really need. Perhaps that’s why, when I tried to express my own magic feathers, they seemed too simple or too obvious–even too stupid.

    It’s not just hard work and dedication. It’s also will, a LOT of will. And will needs magic feathers. Will is what produces the other two, as well.

    When I sit down with my words, I know the first cut will not be great. It might even be bad (certainly it was for a while). However, I have the will to rewrite. These days, I can see that what I have may need some Serious Rewriting, and I have more of the skills to do a good rewrite.

    Maybe rewrites are a sign of weakness and frailty of writerly skill. Certainly I’ve run into some people who think so.

    If you add up the time of the first draft to the third rewrite, I’m probably only as fast as the people who slave away at the first draft and do a single, light rewrite. I just have other drafts to cycle around while I’m rewriting, so after a couple years, given strength and Will, I will basically be a one-writer conveyor belt, always having works in various stages of completion and ready-to-be-sent-out-to-wait-forever-for-responses-that-may-not-come.

    You have to enjoy rewriting and spinning the plates though. For that, you have to love your story all to bits.

    Uncle Jim’s Permission to Write Badly certificate is contingent on three important conditions: that you let the manuscript sit, and THEN rewrite it, and THEN submit it ’til hell won’t have it. Otherwise it’s null and void. 😉 Writing badly is not enough.

    If you have time, you may want to pick up this very old and dated book called _The Importance of Feeling Inferior_.

    That may give some fuel to Will. Certainly it gives me fuel for my Will. Every day I wake up, clench my fists, and say, “Yes, I don’t write great stuff on my first run through. But I WILL finish, I WILL rewrite, I WILL submit, in spite of anyone who tries to get in my way and say BAD WRITER!” But I say it a happy, constructive, intense way. Get too bitter, and it doesn’t really work.

    Anyways… that might be more pennies for thought. Or whatever. 🙂

  15. MidnightMuse

    November 9, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Funny thing with me – if I set myself up for a writing session, like say I’m heading to the ocean where there’s no phone, computer, tv, etc – and plan to sit and write . . . I get nothing written. Put me in a cabin in the woods, and you won’t get a word out of me. I’ll plot and plan in my head, and get all excited, but I won’t write until I get back home.

    But on the other hand, as I did these past two nights, put me on the bed with this laptop in the middle of the night and I’ll churn out a sudden 2000 words just typing happily away with no stopping and pondering the words. I think that’s my happy place – sitting up in bed when everyone else is asleep, and writing.

    Unfortunatly that schedule doesn’t go well with my work week of having to get up at 5:30 to go to work. But these past two nights were heaven, and I really got a lot done.

    As to that silver bullet of writing – I spent a long time (and I still find myself doing it) reading about all these other authors and how they managed to gain their success. Standing up at a typewriter for an hour every morning. Writing 2k before breakfast every day. Sitting down to write and not eating until 15k were done. etc etc. Every time I read how someone else managed it, I realize I’m hoping THAT’S it. That’s the secret weapon. If I do it exactly that way, I’ll be golden.

    Only I know it ain’t true. We all work completely different. But I do like to imagine that, some day, maybe some day relatively soon, people will be reading about how *I* write, and some young hopefully will be saying “Man, if I could do exactly what she did, I’d make it as a writer.”


  16. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 11:59 am

    One of the reasons I always wind up ruffling writerly feathers — and why I know it would be a terrible idea to meet with a writing group in person — is that sooner or later, someone says something like “Re-writers are for the weak!” and I wind up saying, “You’re a blistering idiot.”

    And then they go “But YOU don’t do much re-writing!” and I go “You’re still a BLISTERING IDIOT!” and stomp off.

    Writers, like humans everywhere, have opinions without thought. Sometimes, I think they have more of them. Stephen King said that so many writing Rules go unchallenged and unexamined and are, largely, bullshit, and I agree. Every time I see someone agonizing over writing a certain way, I think “Just write some other way!” and get frustrated. They’re obeying rules that aren’t rules, that they’ve made into punishable-by-death laws in their heads.

    All my good stuff comes out in the first draft. I don’t agonize over it, I don’t re-write as I go or anything. I just write a tight first draft. I’ve worked hard at that for all the years I’ve been writing now. With some projects (God in the Machine, The Nondescript,) I have a pretty solid idea of how good it is as I’m writing it, and I know what I’m capable of and how it’ll succeed. With other projects (Rome Novel,) I mostly just wallow my way through it.

    That’s definitely not more pennies for thought, certainly not unwanted pennies. Like I said, I fixate on this stuff and eat up anything posted about it.

    I like the idea that there are magic feathers. Now I think on it further, I think Magic Feathers are exactly the same as the Triggers I was talking about, in a post just a little down the page. There are triggers for all sorts of things. I wonder if there are specific triggers for SPEED.

    I’m floored now. This is a new line of thought for me. Ohboyohboyohboy!

  17. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    As to that silver bullet of writing – I spent a long time (and I still find myself doing it) reading about all these other authors and how they managed to gain their success. Standing up at a typewriter for an hour every morning. Writing 2k before breakfast every day. Sitting down to write and not eating until 15k were done. etc etc. Every time I read how someone else managed it, I realize I’m hoping THAT’S it. That’s the secret weapon. If I do it exactly that way, I’ll be golden.

    Even more than looking at it for a secret weapon, or magic feather…it’s just fun to read about. At least for me. I’m a fan of the writing profession, as well as my actual writing-work itself. I love reading about authors. Everything about ’em, no matter how boring. It’s always been a fascination for me. I’m not usually looking for anything, I just love to read about it.

  18. Arachne Jericho

    November 9, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    For me, the trigger is Jeanne. 😀

  19. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 12:13 pm


    YOU, Celina, and Jeanne are the trigger for this recent brooding on the topic. “I used to write that fast,” I think to myself, staring glumly at the chart. “I used to write that fast easy. What happened? Arrg.”

    And then I drink heavily and take some relaxing cocaine and then move on to beat —

    Wait! No! Ha ha! I mean then I go brood in blog posts and write a bunch and do dishes. Ha ha!

  20. MidnightMuse

    November 9, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Stephen King said that so many writing Rules go unchallenged and unexamined and are, largely, bullshit, and I agree.

    This hit me when I first joined AW. I was so thrilled, then started reading about “rules” I’d never heard of and starting going “What? What do you mean I can’t do that? I’ve been doing that for years, and my readers love it.” Then I’d hear another argument about another “rule” and slowly, over the months, the doubt crawled in. The Doubt that found a little open window in my head – the very window I’d been using to peer out and see what I could find in the bigger world of writers – The Doubt found that open window and climbed right in.

    That has to be one of the biggest reasons I had to self ban. Not the only reason, but a big one, because The Doubt was clogging my writing. It slowed my fingers. It put second guesses in my writerly brain. The Doubt caused me to stop writing for weeks at a time while I sat and contemplated “the rules”.

    There were times when The Doubt convinced me I’m not a writer. I didn’t know these odd, strange “rules” and therefore was a complete and utter hack, who only thought she could write.

    It took some time, and it literally took me begging for bannination, to set The Doubt out on the curb for garbage pick up. There are rules, and then there are Rules. But there should never, ever, be “rules.”

    i need tea.

  21. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    I’m the same way. I’m not terribly paranoid about rules (you don’t want me to write authorial intrusion? Come over here and stop me, chump), but the Doubt that creeps in leads to me thinking and questioning myself a little more than I like.

    I do know for a fact that, when I used to write fast, I never once questioned anything. I just poured it out without hesitation. I hesitate now and consider and pick, sometimes on purpose and sometimes not.

    Mostly, I’m more distractible now.

    (But am I? I remember having a rough bout, when I was in my Huge WOrd Count days when I had a TV next to my writer’s desk, and I’d get stuck on a Seinfeld rerun and just wind up watching TV for hours and hours and there goes my night, sort of like the AW time sink. So I know it’s just me.)

  22. MidnightMuse

    November 9, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    I think that’s why those late night sessions on the bed work for me – there’s no TV, no work interruptions or phones ringing. Just one cat that pins my legs down and another that wants to walk over the keyboard every ten minutes.

  23. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Cats are the bane of writers. Except that I would be miserable without ’em.

    I used to — and suspect I maybe still do — write best during the nighttime hours, or in the early morning hours. I have a theory, that in either of those sets of hours, my mind is tiring and settling down, and so there’s no energy to think about all the stuff that fills up the day. So I settle down, listen to some beautiful music, and I just write and write and write.

    Although it’s during those hours that I’m also very easily able to succumb to something like browsing AW until it’s 4 AM and I’ve gotten nothing done.

    (This is fun to talk about. I don’t care if that’s silly.)

  24. tjwriter

    November 9, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    I like early morning if I can manage to fall out of bed and make a cup of tea. Earl(y) Grey, please.

    However, I’m not feeling too writerly at the moment, so I’m off to brood other things. I hold by the statement that the month where I can work on my dreams and goals is also the same month that crap hits the fan full force for me. Never fails.

  25. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Events are cowards and run in packs. Absolutely true… 🙂

  26. MidnightMuse

    November 9, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    Indeed, at night it’s just me and the story. I think since I like to contemplate the novel at hand as I fall asleep every night, I associate sitting in bed getting ready to fall asleep at the end of they as Novel Time. Like setting up a spot where you do your writing daily, so that your mind associates being in that spot with writing. I might have to try this more often, as long as I’m not up too late for work the next morning.

    I fall into my free-writing brain, and I’m able to ignore the rules and regulations and simply write what I love, damn the torpedos and all that.

  27. Arachne Jericho

    November 9, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    I have no cable, satellite, or antenna for my TV. This helps in many things. Also no cats, no kids, and no significant others. I have work and distant friends. Thus I can throw myself into various things full force. 🙂

    I really should be afraid of Celina, actually. Jeanne and I share numbers, but I have yet to do so with Celina. So I have no idea where she is, word count wise.

    :looks behind:
    :runs faster:

    Even before the writing started, Jeanne triggered my inferiority complex, so that was why I made the bet to do two 80k novels, something she had not yet considered. Not that I thought I would make it.

    And then when things only just started, Celina and Jeanne both triggered my inferiority complex (or inflamed it) so I resolved to do everything possible to go as fast as I could. That shouldn’t have been enough, technically, but I had enough knowledge or will or something already that let me do it. It just had to be unleashed.

    As for rules… I’m fine with knowing that they are and following them in most cases. I’m not yet skilled enough to know when it’s good to drop them, but I hope I’m getting better.

    I’m sure some people think I write tripe due to the speed, but whateva.

  28. Arachne Jericho

    November 9, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    (I’ll also point out that I’m on three straight months of on-call, so it’s not like my life is totally uneventful outside of business hours.)

  29. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    I never think much of anyone writers tripe due to speed, until I’m proven otherwise. I’m an optimist.

    Having no TV helps. I don’t watch TV at all during the daytime. Even when feeding Mr. Baby, I read a book with one hand (agony, if it’s a heavy book). The past two days, I’ve been reading “A Tale of Two Cities,” on my computer and enjoying it no end, while feeding him. TV, I watch only in the evenings with my wife. And that can’t really fall out of my life, because she likes it, and she wants to spend time with me after a long work day. I will hardly refuse.

    (Like I’m really suffering watching NCIS, which is fun, and Bones, which has the best relationship since Lois & Clark, and Ghost Hunters, and Dirty Jobs, and Mythbusters, and, and, and)

    During my day, I limit myself to only listening to Minnesota Classic Radio.

    As for the rules…I think following them, or breaking them, regardless is fine, as long as you have forward motion the whole time. It’s when people stop and agonize over rules and then don’t do anything in any direction that I get frustrated. Proceeding nervously, because you think it’s possible you’re breaking the rules is fine…because you’re proceeding.

  30. mscelina

    November 9, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    You might get to fear me next week, but for me right now the muse is on temporary hold.

    I write quickly because I want to be entertained. For some reason, one of the most entertaining things in the world for me is finding out what happens next in my story. I love it. I crave that extra bit of time knowing something that no one else does.

    Despite the fear of falling into the AW trap of saying “I’m supported in rep points and pms” I do have to admit that the tag line under my avatar is creating interest in other people. For some reason, people think it’s fascinating that I’m writing about a god who is an atheist and they want to know how I’m doing it. And I’m not telling–it’s more of the most wonderful aspects of a first draft–that little bit of smugness that I know what happens and no one else does. But it also plays into speed–because I also want to know what happens next a long, long time before anyone else.


    Of course, I have gotten a ‘little’ writing done over the last few days. It’s amazing how quickly trite family talk dissolves when I open my laptop and tune out the world. Ah…the power…

  31. mscelina

    November 9, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    I can think of other books you could read on your laptop…

    *hint, hint*

    A snippet of review I received today (the first!) reads as follows:

    “…Author Celina Summers’ debut novel is full of characters that will call to to you, even as you sleep; a story that haunts you and a world so magical it comes to you in your dreams. THE RECKONING OF ASPHODEL is a masterpiece in word building, character building and delivering a story so complex and heartfelt, the reader is caught up in it all until the last page is read…”

  32. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Speaking of reading books on computers, while feeding Zach, I scrolled to the beginning of The Nondescript and started reading it out loud to him. And he ate a bunch and then, instead of fussing like he normally does (because suddenly OH MY GOD THERE IS NO MORE MILK AAAAH) he just fell asleep. So it’s either really good, or really…bad… Sigh.

    I like reading your reviews. I won’t mind if people pop up now and then to say similar things about Nondescript when it surfaces. 😀

  33. mscelina

    November 9, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Trust me, even a decade and a half (or so) since my youngest was in diapers, I have to say that ANYTHING that will put a baby to sleep is a GOOD thing.

  34. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Well, I WAS hoping he’d perk up and go “Well? Keep reading, Dad!”

    But he never does.

  35. tjwriter

    November 9, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    He’s soothed by the sound of your voice. That’s soo sweet!

  36. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    It would have been cuter if, in his uber-relaxed state, he hadn’t started to drool a bit on my arm. There’s no way that’s cute. Nuh-uh.

    But otherwise, it was pretty cute. Maybe it’s time to start reading to him when he’s getting fussy because he’s trying to stay awake, but getting really tired. Yay! Now I just need to figure out if I own a copy of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. That’s one of the most funnest books in the world to read out loud. 😀

  37. Arachne Jericho

    November 9, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    And the Jungle Book was written to be read out loud, too. Akin to Lord of the Rings.

    Some writers can really incorporate beat into their words.

  38. Pete Tzinski

    November 9, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    That’s one of my favorite parts of writing. I write all my stuff — or try to — with the intention that it should be comfortably readable out loud. All my favorite authors’ works can be (Dickens, Steinbeck, Gaiman, Kipling, etc.)

  39. mscelina

    November 10, 2007 at 7:22 am

    *most funnest*—????


    ouch. you should know better.

  40. Pete Tzinski

    November 10, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    I’m sorry. I’ll try to write more betterer for you in the future. 😉


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