Short text, long text14/08/2008
I recently started reading Haruki Murakami’s Blind Willow, treat Sleeping Woman collection of short stories(*). I often skip prefaces and introductions but, approved for an unknown reason, I began skimming the pages and read:
Since the beginning of my career as a fiction writer in 1979 I have fairly consistently alternated between writing novels and short stories. My pattern has been this: once I finish a novel, I find I want to write some short stories; once a group of stories is done, then I feel like focusing on a novel. I never write any short stories while I’m writing a novel, and never write a novel while I’m working on short stories. The two types of writing may very well engage different parts of the brain, and it takes some time to get off one track and switch to the other.
In my case it is the same with other types of writing (no comparison with Murakami intended): scientific papers are my novels and blog posts are my short stories. I have spent the last month working(**) in three papers, which involves a large amount of time thinking, tinkering and putting the words together.
During this time I have not posted one item in Quantum Forest. I did post seven short items in Spanish (in Tren de Carga), but nothing that required much thinking, really, I know that. However, it was good from the microblogging point of view: dozens of updates in Twitter and Amarillo. Microblogging is almost automatic.
There are some times for updating the ‘public face’ (this site) but there are others when much more interesting things take precedence.
(*)Incidentally, last year I did enjoy Murakami’s The wind-up bird chronicle. You may find many people commenting on the many loose ends left in the novel. There are many, but are not a deal breaker.
(**)When I say working, this covers not only writing, but putting together datasets and doing statistical analyses.Filed in web, writing