Do you know what that picture is, above this post? I know, it’s two lines – a straight red one, and a curvy blue one. Any mathematicians amongst you know what it’s called?
It’s an ASYMPTOTE
What the dickens is an asymptote? It’s defined as: a line that a curve approaches, as it heads towards infinity.
So in our image above, the red line is the asymptote.
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All very well and good, but what’s this got to do with writing?
What’s that, you ask?
It’s the way that communicators can use non-explicit words and phrases to convey information they don’t want to be held to account over at a later date.
That was a big sentence.
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I suppose one of my ‘start of year’ targets (see http://gerald-hornsby.com/blog/2015/12/31/welcome-2016/) should have been to make myself more accountable. Well, here goes. How am I doing?
✔︎ 1. to write one short story a week for the whole year (a.k.a. the Bradbury Challenge)
Yes! I’ve written 4 shorts in my linked series, and 7 (yes, seven!) pieces of flash fiction, one of which will be uploaded one day soon.
✔︎ 2. to write 100,000 words @ 1,000 words a day (a.k.a. #100kwords100days
Yes! I’m doing well, and certainly up to date, and in fact, slightly ahead. I also doing a 365k challenge for the whole year. Mad, I know.
⎋ 3. to do first edits on two previously-completed novels
Nothing more on this one yet.
⎋ 4. to self-publish two collections of short fiction for halloween and Christmas
✘ 5. to write a blog post once per week (minimum)
⎋ 6. to write book and short story reviews on the blog
✔︎ 7. to be more active on Goodreads, posting reviews etc.
If you count logging in, updating my friends list and checking off my latest book, then yes, I’ve been more active.
So, all-in-all, not too bad. Some things are to be done later in the year, which is understandable, but apart from activity here, I’m doing well!
We’re less that two weeks away from the beginning of November, and the start of NaNoWriMo 2012.
I currently have three ideas for stories – one at least half-planned, and two roughly planned. More planning needed, and decisions to make. I have considered doing a double NaNo – writing either 100,000 words, or two 50,000 word pieces. I like a challenge, me, even if it does sound stupid when I’m sober.
I’m also doing a bit of podcasting – I’ve uploaded a short videocast .: HERE :. and there’s an audio podcast too, when I can find somewhere to host it.
So, today, I’m planning a bit more on the other two story ideas, and I hope to be able to make a choice by the end of the day as to whether I’ll be doing one or two, and which of the ideas I’m going to write.
Edit: my audio podcast site is .: HERE :.
I’ve just read a fascinating article by Laura Miller HERE , where she investigates the continuing “literary – vs – genre” debate. This, in response to an article in the Guardian recently.
For me, this article sums up the ideas about reading, and why we shouldn’t dismiss genre fiction too lightly. It all depends on who your target audience is. Do you want your works to be admired for their cleverness, or do you want them to be read by a mass market?
The current rise in popularity of the romance genre in ebooks shows that there is a market for ‘traditional’ genre fiction. And long may it continue.
Oh, and I can’t write literary fiction. I’ve tried. God knows, I’ve tried. But it’s genre for me.