Friday, October 21, 2011

Hell Is Other People (we create)

So, I'm in revisions hell. As I said on my own blog, a revisions hell is a hell of your own making--literally. And, for once, in the correct sense of that term.

I am trapped by own characters, who force me to endlessly (or so it feels) change the minutiae of their lives just because books are supposed to make SENSE.*

The swines.

All of this left me thinking, how do I best encapsulate the hell which is Revisions Hell, without doing all that much work as I am, indeed, in Revisions Hell? And that's when I remembered Jib Jab--God's gift to those of us who have revisions to do.

So here is "my" interpretation of Revisions Hell. I put "my" in quotations, as it's mostly created by Jib Jab, who used Shelley's Frankenstein, anyway.

And Frankenstein is perfect, of course, as a metaphor for the artist's relationship to his or her creation. Not least because that book IS a metaphor for the artist's relationship to his or her creation. I know that, because I taught those words to second year students at the University of Edinburgh for at least three years.

Trust me, folks. I'm a doctor!

And here is "my" version of a metaphor for something or other. Ahhhhh, postmodernity. How I love thee.




*In reality I'm mostly smoothing out the love story arc, which means writing nookie. So yeah, a lot of this complaining is just for show.

10 comments:

Juliet Blackwell said...

Ha! How come you're not writing this post about nookie, then??? Seriously, I feel your revisions pain -- deeply. And I love Dr Peelerstein!!!

Sophie Littlefield said...

oh, is that *you* i keep hearing, rattling around upstairs in this seaside cliff shack of revisions? frigid moist air blows through the cracks in the walls, sending the manuscript tumbling to the floor, and the whisky bottles are empty...join me, won't you, when we finish andwe can burn this wretched thing down and warm ourselves over the blackened ashes of our deleted scenes

Nicole Peeler said...

I love you two! Sophie, that was gorgeous. Can't wait to see you ladies. . . NEXT WEEK! *hugs*

Rachael Herron said...

You look great in a mustache. But we knew that.

Nicole Peeler said...

Can I offer you a mustache ride, little lady? *waggles eyebrows*

Chris Devlin said...

Nicole,
I've been following your progress in your Frankensteinian revision process on Twitter and I'm jealous. I keep letting myself get distracted from my fits-and-starts revision of a 130,000 word YA novel. (Yes, that's a 130,000 word YA novel, which is an oxymoron unless you're JK Rowling and that's why I'm eviscerating it, and myself.) Very inspirational and entertaining. Cheers.

Nicole Peeler said...

Oh, thank you, Chris! That's very kind, and I'm glad it's helping. ;-)

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