Nov. 8th, 2007

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"What have you done?"

"Traditionally, There are only two Kirama Katibin. Apparently, I am overblessed in this regard. If I was feeling self-deprecatory I might point out that my over-abundance of inner-demons is probably to compensate for the rest of the things I am bad at, but since I'm not, I won't. In fact, I'm not even going to talk to you, because it is taking a single dramatic device and extending it far into the realms of 'running joke'. Plus, it is a dramatic device executed as a socratic dialogue - another dramatic device that was clichéd before there was such a word as cliché. And even when I'm explaining all this, I'm overusing the phrase 'dramatic device'. So no, I'm not going to answer you. I have done... this."

"You've given people inner-lolcats. You've caused otherwise sane people to start talking to themselves, not just in public, but on livejournal, an archived medium. If you continue to do this, you are in severe danger of actually developing some kind of consistency of style."

"Yeah, but is that so much of a problem? Without exception, the things I have done in the last six months that have gathered the most wuffie have been this style of stuff, which are really nothing more than an exercise in writing unlabeled dialogue".

"Is that more complicated?"

"Kind of, yes. Basically, the issue is that the reader doesn't get too confused as to who is talking at any particular time, without a great deal of '''A human being what?' said the alien'' interruption".

"So, you're making non-complicated dialogue with three levels of quotation?"

"Hush. The idea is to vary sentence form and style between the different characters to give them separate voices. Easier when they are separate characters, but since I'm currently talking to myself - a sign, yes, of madness - it makes it more than just an exercise in typing in the first person and separating your paragraphs with quote marks".

"Unless you're screwing it up."

"Quite."

"And by doing this, you are reducing any merit it once had to the background level of wank that is Livejournal."

"To some extent, maybe, but I enjoy introspection of the process by which I'm writing things, and put it forth in the hope that some day I'll be able to make this whole thing work".

"Well, you're on the right track. Didn't you just arrange to take December off?"

"Indeed. Apart from the first and last mondays".

"Why?"

"Not quite enough holiday left, and staff coverage, respectively".

"And with all this spare time, you intend to?"

"Finish stuff. Write stuff. Do stuff. Play."

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