May 23rd, 2004

Typos and corrections

Well, I am still charging through my novel making one last pass for typos and glitches that need correction. There is something about having it in book form, in my hands, that makes certain things jump out at me that I missed before. Today I suddenly wondered if I really meant to say "munitions depot." I wasn't sure. So I went to the health club to do some treadmill running, and while I was there I realized that what I really wanted was "armory." Not having been in the military, I had flubbed the distinction. Well, I have it right now. But I suppose I will leave some mistake in. Unless you write a novel about exactly what you know best, you always mess up some detail. That's the great thing about writing a novel about a writer... as a novelist you know a lot about being a writer. So it's safer when it comes to avoiding errors.

Unfortunately for me, at least in this respect, I ended up writing a novel about a soldier with a bunch of other soldiers in it as well.

I didn't mean to do that. I was starting to write a novel set in Chicago about an urban cult. I began by writing a scene set in Chicago that involved a soldier. The soldier was not meant to be a major character. But, somehow, he became THE major character, and plot requirements moved the story to a Caribbean Island.

The first scene, however, remains more or less as written, and set in Chicago.

I guess it's an opening scene that hijacked the novel.

What happened, simply, was that the soldier interested me more than the rest of the story I had charted out.

Rhyme of the day:

The first scene took
Over my book.

Objectivist dating

Last night at the New Intellectual Forum, Jackie Hazelton gave a great talk on Dating for Objectivists. Part of its charm comes from the fact that the talk is also the story of how she met her husband, Lyman Hazelton. Jackie has a background in math, education, and operations research, and her presentation was both analytical and emotionally intelligent.

Her talk is available for $13.50 at:

Lyman Hazelton, who is an accomplished scientist, added to the fun and insight of the evening by offering his side of the story.

Jackie and Lyman live in Phoenix, Arizona. Jackie runs an Objectivist discussion group there.