wireless: red shoes / white dots / summer (Stock: polka-hoola-hoop)
posted by [personal profile] wireless at 08:15am on 13/08/2009
I cannot wait to hear more about post-apocalyptic americana! I sort of feel like I'm watching something at the start of its rise. Steampunk wasn't really anything until a couple of big authors grabbed hold of it and named it something cool (although, steampunk, you know - not really that cool). I feel like post-apocalyptic americana (she says, using italics, because she is pretending to - I don't know, justify the fact that she is pasting the phrase and can't be bothered to use the caps lock key?) could be one of those. One or two good books and a sudden surge in the genre and it ends up being one of those things that everyone is like, "WEE!" about.

Also, I joined [community profile] endings. You know, maybe that's where I've gone wrong in the past. When I think about my novels, I rarely think up the endings and the last lines in advance, even when I have an outline in my mind. I think that even with an outline... I need there to be some sense of surprise somewhere? On the other hand, I really, really love the idea of having the first line and the last line be the same. I've seen it done a few times but never well so... Hmm. Dammit.
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (the fox confessor)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 04:22pm on 13/08/2009
I'm pretty sure large parts of it stem from a personal belief that nearly all of American history exists in a millenarian or post-apocalyptic state -- especially if you think about the fact that, well, yeah, white people came and destroyed nearly every culture already here. Add that to all the religious overtones and influence, the wars, the industrialization, the westward expansion, the mobility, the inability and the overability to fill spaces... this country is batshit, and I am so, so fascinated by it. I keep meaning to take stabs at essays! Hopefully (I seem to use that word a lot) that will happen here, and soon.

Endings are hard. I usually know generally how my stories are going to end, but they take some twists and turns getting there that force change on them, usually for the better.
wireless: red shoes / white dots / summer (Stock: polka-hoola-hoop)
posted by [personal profile] wireless at 07:44am on 14/08/2009
You're right. The country is utterly batshit. That's why I love the Midwest. It's still insane. Even now. More insane than any other part of the country by far.

I desperately want to know some of the plot of your novel. I'm so nosy about it. In saying that, I don't think I could quantify mine at this stage either.

I have absolutely no idea where this story is going to end. I don't know whether that terrifies me or makes me really, really happy.
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (they didn't know what else to do.)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 02:56pm on 14/08/2009
That's why I love the Midwest. It's still insane. Even now. More insane than any other part of the country by far.

Hmm... I might disagree with that... but it can get both sticky and overwhelming to decide which part of the United States has the most crazy. We're like Baskin-Robbins: we come in many flavors!

The post-apocalyptic Americana novel/short story collection has no plot yet, just vagueness and notes. The other one, however, is "Lady Macbeth goes to find the Weird Sisters and demand her husband's head back." If I mention Hecatia, that's what it refers to!

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