Houston, TXUSA 77007
September 28, 2010
I'm in Houston via Los Angeles, Chicago and Pittsburgh, been writing for 30 years (plays, screenplays, kid lit) and would love to meet fellow writers for critique, discussion and inspiration (not nec. in that order.)
kid lit, plays and screenplays
Please start below and work your way up.
I will not write a Crispin's Day harangue for Qayin. He's too straight for such nonsense. He'll just say something brief such as, "OK, men, we've got armor now. Let's restore the City's freedom" (or the like) and be done with it.
Must I describe the battle? I've never been interested in battle scenes; I always skip over them to find out whether the good guy survives, and I'd like to write it that way but fear that readers will find a battle scene essential. I suppose can read other people's battle scenes and cadge something somehow if I must.
I am looking at what the Sumerian King List says, and what cities spring up. One thing is certain: Qayin must collect a group of men and wage war and the King will die in battle, but the office of Kingship will continue (as we know it did!)
Meanwhile I have tentatively sketched the rest of the novel, without characterization or conversation. Is that enough to go on (as you said about "finishing" it)? Even though it is still fluid and wlll most likely end differently than what I imagine at the moment? And even though I am not sure at what point it does end? Before the Flood? Right after the Flood? Far after the Flood? Before or after Qayin's death? (At the moment it ends before his death and before the Flood.)
If I'd known you were coming last Monday I'd have presented then. Please come to this coming Monday's meeting. Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I had no idea.
Are you coming October 21, Sunday (tomorrow, although in a couple of hours it will be officially "today"), Te House of Tea, 1pm?
I did email the two paragraphs a few days ago. As for everything else, I don't know how much time you'll have even after October. But I have posted everything (all of the novel so far) and I expect I'll need to take it down right soon. You won't be looking at it until at least midOctober, so I suppose you'll want to wait until then (or later!) to receive a copy, so you won't want to download any of it now.