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06 February 2010 @ 12:35 pm
The Kindness of Strangers  
It's a nerve-wracking thing to know that a review of something you wrote/assembled is in the pipeline, so it was with great relief that I read the very favourable review of The Event on Scary Minds.  It'll be interesting to keep an eye on downloads over at lulu and see how many people give it a try based on the review.  There was a lot in the review to be pleased about but two lines that stood out for me were:

"The horror elements are well conceived and build upon each other keeping the reader on their toes as each new development occurs."
"If Janet Frame had of decided to write a horror novel... I believe The Event is the novel she would have written."

In other news the feedback in the comments section of my story Dead Weight, which went up on Everyday Fiction yesterday, has been an interesting mix.  Being a story with a twist I knew it wouldn't be to everyone's taste but it's scoring well and there are clearly some people who liked it.  I'm very curious about the comment that there are a few instances of 'finger pointing' in the story.  I shall have to google up some info on what that means...

Lastly, here's a 1 panel comic that Simon Petrie wrote the caption for (on his LJ) and I drew:

Matt Cowensmattcowens on February 6th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Aha! After a conversation with Debbie and a quick reread of the story all has become clear in the world of finger pointing. It is not, as I thought, some complex writer-speak denoting authorial over-signifying of plot details, or some other stylistic flaw.

The characters in the story point their fingers at things. 3 times.

OK, so one is tapping, one is extending a finger to put a window down then deciding not to, and one is actually pointing. Still, that's what the feedback was about.

I think I might have been interrogating that particular piece of feedback a little too hard :P
jenni_talula: Ariel smilesjenni_talula on February 6th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
If it makes you feel better I was really worried too, like you were having characters telegraph actions too much or something. I briefly, became convinced that I too, am guilty of too much finger pointing in my work.

I'm glad that neither of us are.

punktortoise: SF moominpunktortoise on February 6th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
A favourable comparison to Janet Frame is something not to be sneezed at! That's a pretty decent review, all up, which should bring a bit of attention the book's way...
Matt Cowensmattcowens on February 7th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
It was certainly an unexpected bonus! The pdf has been dowloaded 35 times in the past month or so, which is a notable jump :-)
Stephanie Peggstephanie_pegg on February 6th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
"It's almost as if each Writer wrote a piece and then waited for their fellow collaborators to add their own pieces before continuing with the next piece."
Ho ho ho.

Thanks for posting the review. :-)
jenni_talula: Supergirl happyjenni_talula on February 6th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's *almost* like that ;p
Matt Cowensmattcowens on February 7th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
One of the advantages of print on demand is the ability to update files easily. If anyone spots any grammatical/spelling errors in the pdf let me know and I'll correct away. If anyone wants to read The Event and correct as you go, I can send you the word file!