META: Bringing Things Into Focus

Tom Russell milos_parker at
Sat Sep 23 06:54:51 PDT 2006

Martin Phipps wrote:
> Tom Russell wrote:
> >    My prose is vastly different than that of Martin
> > Phipps, a compatriot on RACC whom I hold in high
> > esteem.  But we both share the same aim: focus.
> > Martin's work is extremely tight, told in bare-bones
> > dialogue with a minimum of description.  Each scene
> > has a point (or a gag), he presents it, and moves on.
> I apologize.  I was searching for meaning in your essay
> and I thought your comments on focus might have been
> directed at what I wrote.  I got overly defensive and I'm
> sorry.

No, it was actually a response to your comments on my comments.  It
wasn't so much that we disagreed, but rather that I need to clarify my
stance on a few things-- for example, staying with one POV and staying
in the room aren't *always* advisable.

I'm also hoping that this sparks discussion among our fellow writers,
but you never can tell. :-)

> Besides you and me, the other major poster his month
> was Wil.  Wil, as you say, in #10 left the room, came back

Haven't gotten to # 10 yet (or Superfreaks # 2-7, or Beach girls # 2,
or Untold Tales of the Looniverse # 2).

But I'll get there.


More information about the racc mailing list