Little morning wordies with table of contents and a question at the end.

August 10, 2013

I posted a new poem, in the previous post to this called ‘An Excuse’, so look at it if you want to read a poem and skip these other word below.  Here are some more little morning wordies for ye. Sorry for their non-correlating  nature, but that is how my brain works; like a variety show

Table of Contents:

1. A funny coincidence (To warm you up)

2. On writing a novel and the linear nature of my culture realization of time and identity. Some novel writing thoughts. A question.


1. Recently it came to my attention that there is a ‘popular’ show called Offspring that was popular and some people on twitter/Facebook/the News (really?)  were freaking out that a character died. It made me confused and frustrated, but just as I saw this I watched a new episode of Futurama (S07E20, I think) and the same scenario happened on the show where a popular TV character had died. A reporter was on the news interviewing a crying fan and said, “This must be a difficult time for people who confuse TV actors with actual friends”. I giggled to myself and wish a reporter in real life had said this…I wish I was a reporter some days just to troll fools…moving on.

2. I had it in my mind to start a new novel, but my fantasy one from before that hit a written (but not ideas) road block just won’t go away, I’m always thinking about it, the characters, and the things I have planned for them to do and the lives they will live (if short lived). So I have decided to persevere.

One thing I have always done writing novels is to write it in a non-linear way. Linearity is a concept very normal in my Anglo-Saxon-Australis cultural heritage, but it is a strange thing for some cultures which do not have a real concept of the past or future. I did my masters in Linguistics and it is interesting to research these concepts which to us as quite bizarre, such as talking only in the present tense and referring to dead people as if they were still alive.

So, thinking about this with writing, my novel has little excerpts of other things that are happening in the world at that time, but the way I write a novel is I’ll be writing one bit, get stuck, then think, “This is a good scene” and I’ll write something happening in the future with some other characters that have not existed yet. It is a pretty good thing to do as we can’t always strap our imaginations down onto one part all the time, so it lets your imagination wander around a bit. Also, when you get to the future part, you have some ideas already to build off. (I will post a paragraph of some stuffed I jammed yesterday).

What my point is, do you think it would be too confusing to write a novel that skips back and forth through time like a drunk in a bar retelling the tale of his day? Does anyone have any examples of this done well or at least attempted?




One comment

  1. You should read Homi Bhabha or watch his convoluted theories about non-linear narratives. Or Post- Colonial multiple voices and theories of cultural identity. X

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