Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Scribbledehobbledehoyden: The Magpie's Eye: Page 15


"Infinitely strange" indeed!  I've covered over the gist of what were notes toward a letter to a friend who had asked for my advice.  Again, nothing scandalous.  But private is private.

It was David Hartwell who told me, decades ago, that Nobody ever complained that a speech was too short.  It was good advice then, and it's good advice now.

The diagram at the bottom explaining the relationship between Father, Hank, and G. F.  Which probably stands for Girl Friend, though the woman in question had a name, Evelyn.  So that was a very early stage of stuck-edness for my Alien Worm Dissection story.  Which I'm still working away at, incidentally.  The working title for it is "Passage of Earth."



Markin said...

"Nobody ever complained that a speech was too short." Except possibly for the photographer who missed getting a photograph of Lincoln delivering the "Gettysburg Address" because it was delivered and over with before he had a chance to set the camera up properly. (The preceding speaker, Edward Everett, orated for two hours.) :)

Michael Swanwick said...

Point taken. (I smile in turn.)