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Extremely Average #315: Henry Wood Ch 36

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 01-03-2011 06:17 AM 1403 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello All,

I appreciate the comments and feedback. Even the mean and nasty ones, like the one I received an hour or so ago on yesterday’s post. I don’t mind mean and nasty, if the person is also including accurate corrections, which he did. He did ask that I “please quit abusing the English language!” I guess it isn’t that nasty, because he did say please. I am not sure if the exclamation point was necessary though. It is hard to say.

But it does seem reasonable to again offer my apologies to anyone who is offended by my frequent spelling and grammar errors. I can’t promise that I won’t make many more errors, but I am constantly trying to get better. When word press indicates I have spelled something incorrectly, I don’t just right click and fix it. I try to figure out the correct spelling. Alas, word press can’t catch things like using “wondered instead of wandered”.

So again, I am sorry for the quality. I hope the story is at least entertaining, warts and all.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-36-mikes-call/

Sincerely,

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com



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Bill729

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#1 posted 01-03-2011 10:38 AM

For those of us who don’t have the patience to deal with 36 chapters of Henry Wood, perhaps you could write a short story to help you and us discern whether you really are a fiction writer. Maybe something akin to Hemingway’s, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”?

http://www.mrbauld.com/hemclean.html

The main difference I think would be the amount of forethought required and attention to detail. Like carving dove-tails was for you, maybe it would be a nice exercise? I think it is unfair to expect yourself to be able to produce quality writing on a day-to-day basis. Wouldn’t it be nice to produce something meaningful for all of the time you’re investing? I would be willing to volunteer my effort as a critic, if you would like thoughtful criticism. I think excellence comes through rewriting and rewriting. The idea of having numerous spelling errors ought to be a silly notion.

Bill

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 03:39 PM

just ceep up with the entertainment Brian
the way you write the Henry Wood most of the time (light and easy)
it doesn´t matter so much unless if its a word that make the point
or change the hole meening of the sentence (hope i got this right) ....LOL

take care
Dennis

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Ecocandle

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 09:35 PM

Bill,

I am constantly writing short stories. I just haven’t shared them with you, but I think you make a good point. I may put some of them up as well. It is a really good idea.

You may also be right about rewriting and rewriting. I haven’t done much of this, but on the occasion where I have, the result has usually been positive.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Bill729

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 02:14 AM

I’m reminded of an old Yogi Berra-sm: “Good enough is seldom good enough.” I think that real learning occurs when one works hard to do better. I think Brain could “ceep up with the entertainment” for years—but at what cost? This message is not directed at Brian or Dennis, but rather to anyone who might allow thin skin to lull them into a state of complacency. Woodworking is all about producing excellence with wood, no? Maybe “wordworking” is about producing excellence with words. Have fun!

Bill

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Ecocandle

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 04:45 AM

Bill,

I am, at my core, obsessive about learning. I love it. I really like your new word Wordworking: The act of working with words, usually by a wordsmith, often in a pretentious coffee house.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Bill729

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 05:31 AM

: ) It took me a few minutes to identify your allusion—and I like that.

Bill

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Ecocandle

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 06:51 AM

Though I don’t often write in coffee houses, my hat, sure makes it look like I should be. I don’t actually care for coffee. I wish there were pretentious Diet Mountain Dew houses. That would be great!

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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