October 1st, 2007

WWI soldiers

Sassoon, "Fight to a Finish"

Fight to a Finish

The boys came back. Bands played and flags were flying,
And Yellow-Pressmen thronged the sunlit street
To cheer the soldiers who'd refrained from dying,
And hear the music of returning feet.
'Of all the thrills and ardours War has brought,
This moment is the finest.' (So they thought.)

Snapping their bayonets on to charge the mob,
Grim Fusiliers broke ranks with glint of steel,
At last the boys had found a cushy job.

. . . .

I heard the Yellow-Pressmen grunt and squeal;
And with my trusty bombers turned and went
To clear those Junkers out of Parliament.

--Siegfried Sassoon


Okay, new job is making an offer! They checked salary with me today. Letter is on its way. I'll be starting in November.

My stomach needs a nice rest now.


I was just replying to a comment elsewhere, and decided to save this for future reference:

The time my writing voice comes out most is when I'm not focusing in on Craft (tools of writing); but at the same time, I don't think voice can clearly emerge unless the craft elements are already in place. When word choice and rhythm and flow are happening on the unconscious level, I think it's easier to see the voice that's present.

And then there's editing. We can refine our own voice in revisions just like anything else.

I also feel voice is something that grows and changes as your skill with writing tools grows and changes. And it's something you can change yourself, depending on the project. In fiction, sometimes I want the character's voice to be strongest, sometimes I want my voice to be discernible.