Monday, September 27, 2004

Idiot Speak

Tried reading a book last night and found myself distracted by all the "idiot speak."

"Idiot speak" is when the characters say things to each other that they all already know. It's a transparent vehicle for the author to offer backstory. Seamless integration is the much better, though more difficult, way to go.

I hasten to add that I'm not the person who named "I.S." that, which I admit sounds harsh. I've seen it referred to that way in writing articles.

More personally, I revised from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today--reading and cutting. Had dinner with Greg at Katz's (scrambled eggs and turkey ham).

People on my mind: Elisa Carbone, Kathi Appelt, Fred Bortz, Debbi Michiko Florence (who sent my chocolates and a bookmark from Hawaii), and Dian Curtis Regan.

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