Progress Update on Lightning Fall

Written By: Bill Quick - Dec• 11•12

Looks like I’ll be getting notes back from my agent on the book sometime after the first of the year.

Early indications are that I didn’t mess up the ms. with the first round of additions/revisions.

Ah, the joys of process!

Anybody want to argue about manuscript format?

Open Eyes, Insert Red Hot Knitting Needles

Written By: Bill Quick - Dec• 01•12

Nothing spells fun like sitting around waiting for your agent to get back to you.

Sometimes A Great Notion

Written By: Bill Quick - Nov• 24•12

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I’ve recently been roped into a writerly blog chain called the Next Big Thing. It involves writers doing a Q&A about their latest work in progress, then tagging five other writers at the bottom of their post. The Q&A posts from those writers, then appears exactly one week later and so on. . .

It’s reached quite a few corners of the web already, which is not surprising. I’m not quite sure where it all started, but I do know that the number of writers involved must be pretty impressive by now.

The thing is exponential.

And interesting. I’ll probably end up getting involved myself.

Stuff That Makes Me Crazy

Written By: Bill Quick - Nov• 23•12

Reference my previous post, in which I used the term “whiling away” – correctly, according to the usage dictionaries that cover the language in which I write, that is, English.

Now, illiterates given free passage to other people’s eyeballs and brains via the Internet have taken the ludicrous phrase “wile away” to heart, or some portion of their anatomy, even though the notion makes no sense whatsoever:

While away vs. wile away – Grammarist

The OED has instances of while away going back to the early 18th century. The phrase employs a now archaic sense of while—namely, to fill up the time. Today, while is used only as a noun or conjunction (except in while away). And because we’re not used to seeing while used as a verb, it’s easy to assume that wile away is the correct phrase.

But wile is mainly a noun—meaning (1) trickery, cunning; (2) a disarming or seductive manner; (3) or a trick intended to deceive—and it’s occasionally used as a verb meaning to influence by wile. None of these definitions has anything to do with idly passing time, so wile away doesn’t make logical sense.

Of course, the fact that something is entirely nonsensical (not to mention insane) makes no difference to the participants who have stormed through the old gatekeepers onto the digital drainage tubes.

Still, seeing some yokel use “wile away” still gives me a terrible case of itching teeth.

Well, I Suppose I Ought to Do My Annual Post

Written By: Bill Quick - Nov• 23•12

Just kidding.

Some changes. My agent, Caitlin Blasdell, at Liza Dawson Associates, has kept me busy – adding another 400 or so pages to the original 550 plus pages of what is now called Lighting Fall, which will be the first of two books on this subject.

I’m awaiting her edits and suggestions, and whiling away the time with doing research for that second book – and of course I’m toying with the title “After the Fall.” I mean, if it was good enough for Arthur Miller, then what I’m thinking is it’s probably good enough to steal.

I’m goint to start getting serious about keeping up with this blog, too. I know, empty promises, but….