72 thoughts on “Of Prophets and Rivers – At Spillwords

      1. I thought so. I was working on a story the other day that mentioned a dislike for pulling teeth and I couldn’t quite remember who I was briefly discussing that with. And that’s a really good story of yours. I’ll have to go back and read it again.

        Liked by 1 person

  1. “I think, perhaps, it is possible we are all prophets, when someone is willing to listen.” Your final sentence somehow feels like the perfect ending. I found myself completely immersed in this story, and I still am. This is powerful writing.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read it and come back here to comment. You have to have an account on their site in order to comment. Lame. And they have a voting option at the top of the post instead of a liking option. Not sure what that’s all about.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. I really do appreciate that. I have received comments before which describe my writing as dumbed-down. I personally prefer to read writing which has a more basic vocabulary so that is the way I write. I want everyone to be able to understand what I’m saying without having to get intimate with a dictionary.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I’ve definitely come to believe, over time(decades), that less is more. Is a word necessary to impart the scope of what’s taking place in a story, or is it just there to impress the reader? Trimming the fat makes a story leaner and more effective, IMO. I wouldn’t put any stock in anyone’s assessment of your writing as “dumbed down.” Obviously if you’re trying to paint a vivid picture of your characters’ surroundings and it’s essential to the overall vibe and intent of the story, something like Anne Rice’s stuff, for example, it works. Or the cold technicality of something like Arthur C Clarke, that kind of extreme detail lends itself to what the writer is trying to accomplish. But they aren’t just droning on redundantly, either. There’s a point to all of that excessive word usage. If I’m writing a story about two people sitting in a house talking on the couch, all I really need to tell the readers is incidental details and let their minds fill in the rest.
        “As he listened to her drone on and on about her day, his eyes followed a long crack along the wall until it disappeared behind a dusty, washed-out photo of an old woman..”
        Now the reader has an idea in his or her head about what that room looks like.
        They don’t really give a fuck what color the baseboards are, they’ll pick a color in the mental picture they’re painting and whatever color they choose is fine because it’s not really pertinent. The comments describing your writing as dumbed-down don’t matter. It’s all just gibberish background chatter from either readers who don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about, or writers who’ve bought into the idea that conformity to a rigid set of literary standards is a prerequisite to being taken seriously. You know who wrote in plain language? Mark Twain. Mic drop, fuck ya’ll and your boring spy-thriller-by-numbers amazon Kindle self-published dime-a-dozen snoozefests. Nobody ever achieved innovation through imitation. I’ve been looking at your stuff and I connect with it. We both think outside the box. Expressing big ideas with scant wording is a skill. Some people can’t process that and they’ll naturally hate on it. Some people will hate on anything just to hate on it because that’s how they are. Take it as a sign you’re doing something right. I’ve played their game for far too long and have only recently rededicated myself to writing after years of inactivity on that front, and I’m sure the idea that “I can never do that; I’m a fraud, people are better than me, I shouldn’t even try” mentality we all face at some point played a part. And I think that’s perpetuated by the “This is how you’re supposed to write” crowd. Now I’m just like fuck ‘em. If somebody called my writing dumbed-down I’d write a diss story about ‘em.😂

        Liked by 1 person

      2. I have to agree with what you say. I don’t pay much mind to critics unless they actually offer some specific feedback (which they rarely do). There is more than enough room for different styles of writing. Obviously, those looking for flowery over adorned prose are not my target audience. Thanks for the thoughtful comment.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s