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24 August 2013 @ 04:17 pm
Makin' cakin'..  
I'm working on Christopher's hedgehog cake right now, after a mid-project detour to the library and to the fabric store (overdue chair-repair for Lauren). When doing frosting layers, you have to let the surface get cold anyway before trying to "paint" on it with the next layer, so the break was good. Plus, I bought Skittles to make cake flowers.

Lots of late nights this week. I was up until 2am Wednesday night writing a draft of my Idol entry, a humorous gal-pal misadventure story. It's not getting the votes I'd like yet, so I'm hoping there's an uptick in the next few days. Thursday night was reading other people's Idol entries, and waiting for the birthday cake to finish baking (250o keeps it from rising too much, but takes forever). Last night? Decorating, round one. I hate to admit how much frosting I've eaten in the last few days, too. Argh.

In honor of Elmore Leonard's passing, I offer you his NY Times article on Ten Rules for Writing, and also a satirical obit from The Onion, in which the writer details and violates most of those rules thus proving Leonard's point. I liked how clearly Leonard stressed that those were rules for how he liked to write, and readily gave examples of people who did the opposite and did it well. His style certainly isn't my goal, but I enjoy his own use of it. Variety--imagine! I also fondly recall a line from the movie, "Get Shorty" (based on his book), that achieved perfect minimalism: "Fuck you, fuckball." It completely fit the character, and my husband always jokes that David Mamet wishes he could write like that. Mamet puts a lot of effort and swearwords into dialogue that tries and yet fails to reach that level of authenticity. :)

All right, back to the nature-scene-on-cake. Pictures later!

nrrrdy_grrrl on August 25th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
I have been rewatching Justified since Leonard passed and it is somehow still amazing even when I know what's going to happen. Plus: omg the banter!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on August 25th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
I love the characters in the show, and the banter is fantastic. I haven't read Leonard's short story upon which the show is based, but I did read his Raylan. It's interesting where the show differs from the book, not just in fact but also characterization. Rachel is MUCH more assertive and outgoing, and while the show's Raylan is wily-smart except when it comes to thinking with his dick... the book-Raylan is only pretty smart and tends to stumble across more of his answers rather than run them to ground deliberately.