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Such overwhelming response to the previous posting.  Thanks for the warm words and for the thoughtfulness. I feel quite guilty about not having had time yet to catch up with everyone's journals, but I am getting there.   As we say in the the race between themonkey and the turtle, the turtle got to the finish line.  Hmmmm...probably the wrong analogy...but what I meant was I am going to catch up with everyone on my flist, so help me God.  I may be slow, but I will catch up :)  So there.

I thought I'd write on here how I was actually on the point of giving up on speculative writing.  I mean, I love writing specfic and I love weaving these stories, but the submission process can be so disheartening sometimes (deciding which mag to send your story to...the long wait...the rejections...and yet more rejections)...add to this the way established writers back home still view specfic as some sort of illegitimate sibling...well, it was quite enough to make me wonder whether I should just stick to writing specfic for my own private viewing and just go on writing and submitting only "literary","memoir", "journalistic" types of work (not that the process is any less gruelling, but the label would be different then).

A regular question I used to get whenever I talked about my writing was: "So, when are you going to write something literary?"  I think this is changing though, especially as more modern literary writers crossover and take more liberties with spaces that used to be "relegated" to us genre writers.

To my mind, the boundaries between specfic and literary just don't exist, I mean, each story comes as it pleases, and I feel the creative spirit should be given the freedom to wander where it chooses to wander.  If it wanders across boundaries, I think that makes a work all the more interesting. 

(I'm writing this here, because I just finished reading Aimee Bender's, Girl in a Flammable Skirt, and by pure luck, I managed to find myself a copy of Asimov's 30th year anthology.  Yay! An English version, no less, and in a Dutch bookstore. Talk about luck!)

Reading some of the stories in Asimov's (I just bought it this afternoon and have only read two) after reading Bender's collection ( before this I read Murakami's collection too and Raymond Carver's short story collection as well), I got to thinking as to how the lines are blurring and lots of work that's considered literary by the critics have crossed over into specfic territory.  They probably just aren't aware of it yet, or they're just keeping their eyes shut and calling it by another name...on the other hand, I could be mistaken as surfing the net has had to give way to more pressing duties such as tending the house and keeping the baby...ooopps...other way around <g>... Someone correct me if I make mistaken statements here.  

I am off to play a bit of catch up again.


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