July 10, 2013

To help distinguish between original material (my own writing) and the work of others, if it is someone else’s work or words, I have indicated this by including a link. For example, this week, I included a link to Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. In a few weeks, I will be including the link to a piece of music. Everything that does not have a link is original material.

July 8, 2013

After posting the first section of The Unseen, a friend of mine, who I will refer to as BK emailed me to talk about serial writing and how it effects the reader’s experience.

He pointed out that writing in series gives the author an element of control that they do not have in traditional novel writing: the author can determine the flow of information. BK points out: “I can’t choose to read all night long or all flight long, even if I wanted to. I’m left to wonder what happens next, and when I will be able to find out.” This got me thinking that serial writing, for that reason, is, in a way, very true to life. When we are experiencing a real story, or a real dramatic event,  we are often passive and cannot push the narrative forward. We must wait and examine only what has already happened, and this forces us to exist in spaces of uncertainty and confusion until the narrative carries on. Of course, in our lives, we have many opportunities to be active agents. If we are unhappy in our jobs, we can quit. If we love someone we can tell them. But I’m very interested in the  areas where we don’t have agency: in the moments when we realize that uncertainty prevails, or as another friend, who I will refer to as DG said, you realize “you’re just another body in a system of bodies.” I think, to me, this book is very much about being just bodies in a system of bodies.