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05-08-09 Elise Blackwell, literary fiction

The transcript below covers the complete #litchat conversation on May 8, 2009. The order appears sequentially from the first post to the final post. Topic was open discussion of literary fiction.

EliseBlackwell @stujallen Hello! Waiting for our site host, but happy to start chatting! #litchat -12:38 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs Hi everybody glad for opp tochat with Elise #litchat -12:39 PM May 8th, 2009
GirlsSentAway RT @unbridledbooks: Join the Literary Fiction #litchat with @EliseBlackwell at 3:30pm EST today! (Note the time change!) -12:39 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Very glad to be here. Our topic today is literary fiction–writing it, reading it, getting it published. & whatever you’d like. #litchat -12:40 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen hi eliseblackwell first time on tweetchat #litchat -12:40 PM May 8th, 2009
LitChat With Twitter going down for maintenance today, right at the end of #litchat, @EliseBlackwell has agreed to begin early. Join us now! -12:41 PM May 8th, 2009
insidebooks hi Elise would you agree that good writers are also good readers? #litchat -12:41 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen wot every one reading at moment #litchat -12:41 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen i m reading oscar wao by junnot diaz know about year old #litchat -12:42 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @ EliseBlackwellWas there anything in particular that led you towards writing literary fiction? #litchat -12:42 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen I’m always rding too many books. Right now: M. Glenn Taylor, Tim Gautreaux, and some short stories. #litchat -12:42 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks RT @LitChat With Twitter going down for maintenance today, @EliseBlackwell has agreed to begin early. Join us now! #litchat -12:42 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @stujallen I’mreading the Eight by Katherine Neville for crime bookgroup #litchat -12:43 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @insidebooks Absolutely. Most great writers are avid readers. My rdng nourishes my work, and that’s true of many writers #litchat -12:43 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @VanessaDobbs I wanted to be a writer at about age 5, when my grandpa starting paying me for stories. And I kept going. #litchat -12:44 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks @stujallen I’m re-reading The Wonder Singer by George Rabasa and The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire by @cmmayo1 #litchat -12:44 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks @EliseBlackwell So you’ve basically been a professional since age 5!? #litchat -12:45 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @unbridledbooks hoping to read TLPME soon #litchat -12:45 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @vanessadobbs that new one have check it out iain rankain or elmore lenoardd bout the only modern crime fic i ve read #litchat -12:45 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell And I’ve always been drawn to literature, the way it speaks to the human condition. Found out fast I’m a dreadful poet! #litchat -12:46 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @EliseBlackwell: Why is it that literary fiction can break all the rules and still get published? #litchat -12:46 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @stujallen the 8written in 88 bit like davincicode genre #litchat -12:47 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @EliseBlackwell Are you able to read various books while working on your own MS, or does that distract/influence you? #litchat -12:47 PM May 8th, 2009
emilymandel @EliseBlackwell Hi! I’m always curious about others writing schedules – do you write on wkends/evenings, blocks of time during day? #litchat -12:47 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @unbridledbooks The time between when grandpa stopped paying & I got another dollar=many years! #litchat -12:47 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell I am always reading while writing. If I get distracted by fiction I turn to poetry, but usu. reading fiction too. #litchat -12:48 PM May 8th, 2009
doart @stujallen I’m REreading The Once and Future King–it’s a great branch between fantasy and literary fiction #litchat -12:48 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @CarolyBurnsBass Great question. I guess there are no rules, just some ideas that aren’t good unless the writer pulls them off. #litchat -12:48 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @vanessadobbs thanks have look at that some many books so little time lol #litchat -12:48 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @emilymandel I used to write every morning. Then I gave birth. Now I write whenever I can! Fridays are big, and late at night. #litchat -12:49 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen eliseblackwell what writers inspire or influnce your work #litchat -12:49 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @stujallen a phrase I often quote lol #litchat -12:50 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @EliseBlackwell As a teacher of creative writing, do you have a method or approach that you take for teaching literary craft? #litchat -12:50 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @CarolyBurnsBass Like the no animal narrator rule is good, but “Seeing Eye” by Brad Watson and “Mother’s Story” by Agee are great! #litchat -12:50 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @emilymandel How about you? When do you write? #litchat -12:51 PM May 8th, 2009
KatMeyer #litchat W/ @EliseBlackwell will be happening at same time as #followreader ! that’s one tough choice. U MUST MULTI-TASK MY BOOKISH TWEEPS! -12:51 PM May 8th, 2009
insidebooks Do you have a special place where you write and a routine? #litchat -12:52 PM May 8th, 2009
emilymandel @EliseBlackwell I work Mon-Thurs & write Fri-Sun. I try to write on Mon-Thurs evenings as well, but in practice, it rarely happens. #litchat -12:52 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @CarolyBurnsBass Often it’s about identifying & nurturing talent, but workshop teaches. &I make students read & look at the world. #litchat -12:52 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @EliseBlackwell @emilymandel : rather than sked, then, do you try to get certain number of words/pgs done per week? #litchat -12:52 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @KatMeyer Thanks! Have a great chat at #followreader! #litchat -12:53 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @insidebooks love book show on sky arts shows where writers write #litchat -12:53 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @insidebooks I’m lucky to have my own study these days. It’s very spare, but there’s a dogwood out the window. #litchat -12:53 PM May 8th, 2009
insidebooks @stujallen I always like the writer’s rooms picture feature in the Guardian on a Saturday. #litchat -12:54 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @mizwrite My productivity varies so much. Some days I spew pages and sometimes I work for hours for a paragraph. #litchat -12:54 PM May 8th, 2009
KatMeyer @EliseBlackwell and u have a great #litchat! 😉 #followreader #litchat -12:54 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell what writers have influnced or inspire you #litchat -12:55 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell I do make myself write AT LEAST one paragraph EVERY day. I try for more, but some days it’s just the one. #litchat -12:55 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @stujallen I agree love seeing what makes writers tick #litchat -12:55 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen Michael influence in my 20s. Also early Howard Norman & Andrea Barrett. Southern writers too, esp. Welty #litchat -12:55 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @insidebooks yeah on will selfs web site can take 360 tour lol #litchat -12:55 PM May 8th, 2009
LitChat Oh, btw, I am here. Just discovered my welcome tweet didn’t go through. Must remember to click the blue box, not the enter key. #litchat -12:56 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @insidebooks Me too! Love to see where writers write! Hey, … that would be a great blog … #litchat -12:56 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell I love seeing writers’ workspaces too! Mine=spare. Really nice photo of Louisiana over my desk, though. #litchat -12:56 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks @EliseBlackwell You know, I’ve become waaay more productive with my time since having a baby. Funny how that works. #litchat -12:56 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell two off mf favs not long read ship fever and english paitent all time fav #litchat -12:57 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @unbridledbooks Baby takes your time & so you get very efficient. Water f/ pasta boiling? Write a sentence. #litchat -12:57 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen Oh, me too! Ship Fever is my favorite of hers, and Engl Patient grt example of beautiful fiction finding an audience. #litchat -12:58 PM May 8th, 2009
emilymandel @EliseBlackwell I admire spare workspaces. Despite best efforts, mine always looks like a paper factory in aftermath of tornado. #litchat -12:58 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @mizwrite Great idea for a blog! I want to see @emilymandel’s tornado writing room. I’m a recovering neat freak. #litchat -12:59 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks Interested in literary fiction? Visit http://tweetchat.com/room/litchat to chat with @EliseBlackwell – going on NOW! #litchat #ubb -1:00 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen ‘eliseblackwell yeah #litchat -1:00 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @emilymandel That sounds like my workspace, Emily!! I do have a window, which I love. Dogwood tree sounds perfect. #litchat -1:00 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @EliseBlackwell sounds like me when I was studying for my masters lol #litchat -1:01 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Another current favorite writer is W. G. Sebald. He isn’t easy, but wow! Really pushes form and I learn so much. #litchat -1:01 PM May 8th, 2009
RebeccaSkloot Just finished revising book, which 4 me = totally rewriting it. I hear others don’t work that way. Who knew?! Def not fastest route #litchat -1:02 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @mizwrite Nick Carbo has blog on writer’s spaces. It’s here and it’s fun: http://sittingprettymagazine.blogspot.com #litchat -1:02 PM May 8th, 2009
insidebooks Do you ever worry about running out of steam. The idea of it getting harder and harder to dig for inspiration? #litchat -1:02 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @insidebooks I usually have the idea f/ the next book before I finish a bk, so the excitement of a new project keeps me steaming. #litchat -1:03 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell rings of saturn is my all time fav book so often tell people they say w g who ? #litchat -1:03 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @insidebooks But there are days, even weeks, when I just feel very quiet. That’s usually time to take in (travel, nature, friends). #litchat -1:03 PM May 8th, 2009
kj_smith @insidebooks Yes, I do. #litchat -1:04 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen The Rings of Saturn is one of the most brilliant books ever written! Also love Austerlitz. #litchat -1:04 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @CarolyBurnsBass Oooh, thanks for link! I’m RSSing that one. … #litchat -1:04 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Oops, that’s Paul Toth, not Nick Carbo with www.sittingprettymagazine.blogspot.com. #litchat -1:05 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks @EliseBlackwell Any hints on your next novel? #litchat -1:05 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @EliseBlackwell will a note of Rings of Saturn #litchat -1:05 PM May 8th, 2009
thebookmaven How can I participate in LitChat AND Follow the Reader? Is anyone else trying to do that? Or am I crazy? #litchat -1:06 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @CarolyBurnsBass thanks for link #litchat -1:06 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell love that to such shame w g died so early #litchat -1:06 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Confused new followers: I’m hosting a chat until 5. My regular tweeting is much less frequent & more sequitar! #litchat -1:06 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @EliseBlackwell Do all of your books take the same length of time to write? edit? or has it varied tremendously for you? #litchat -1:06 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks @CarolyBurnsBass Thanks for sharing that link! What a fun blog. I guess it’s a kind of voyeurism for book lovers? #litchat -1:06 PM May 8th, 2009
TimOBrienNYT @insidebooks @EliseBlackwell always keep a number of projects and ideas in motion. feeds imagination, imposes discipline #litchat -1:07 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Would love to hear others’ reading suggestions for literary fiction. I hope everyone checks out the Unbridled Books spring list! #litchat -1:07 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @thebookmaven If anyone can follow two chats at once, it is you! #litchat -1:07 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Try to follow both chats at wwwTweetGrid.com. You can open several chat rooms at once. #litchat #followreader -1:08 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks Folks can find the Unbridled spring list here: http://bit.ly/F4dEO #ubb #litchat -1:08 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @TimOBrienNYT Excellent strategy. I’m usually writing/editing a bk, taking notes for next, & working an essay thing on the side. #litchat -1:08 PM May 8th, 2009
thebookmaven Nothing on Kindle store has been over $9.99 for me so far but agree w/@vromans that both Amazon and publisher ideas are off #litchat -1:08 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @thebookmaven On Tweetdeck, you could create a column for each … #litchat -1:08 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Multiple projects are also great anti-procrastination tools. If I don’t want to work on 1 thing, I have to do another. #litchat -1:09 PM May 8th, 2009
KatMeyer RT @CarolyBurnsBass: Try to follow both chats at wwwTweetGrid.com. You can open several chat rooms at once. #litchat #followreader -1:09 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell jonathan littell the kindly ones ? for suggestion #litchat -1:09 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Here’s a link to agent Nathan Bransford’s post “What is Lit Fiction”: tinyurl.com/d256lw. Not sure I agree w/ all but worth a peek #litchat -1:11 PM May 8th, 2009
joliehale #litchat I recommend: A Prayer for the Dying, Stewart O’Nan. Entirely in 2nd person, surprisingly effective rather than distracting -1:13 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @EliseBlackwell My fave literary writer has always been Margaret Atwood. She’s brilliant with words. (plots leave me confused, tho) #litchat -1:13 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell I agree w/ Bransford that it’s a myth that literary fiction lacks plot. #litchat -1:13 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen where does every one stand in the e book versus book debate #litchat -1:13 PM May 8th, 2009
joliehale #litchat Currently reading aloud Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale to my S.O., who likes being read to. One of my favorites. -1:14 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen I think e-books are great f/ some kinds of books & f/ travel, etc., but I like a book book to rd literature. #litchat -1:14 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @stujallen Iuse both.Have Sony ereader which I use when travelling but find cost of downloads expensive cf paperbacks #litchat -1:15 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @joliehale Love the idea of reading aloud to your S.O. I’m married to a writer–we talk lit (a lot!) but don’t rd to each other. #litchat -1:15 PM May 8th, 2009
joliehale @stujallen Tho I like paper books, I would read only ebooks if I could afford the tech. Reduce carbon footprint & support progress #litchat -1:16 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @EliseBlackwell Multiple projects, yes. Multiple lives help too: write/teach/study/parent. Always working on/avoiding something! #litchat -1:16 PM May 8th, 2009
kj_smith #litchat eBooks are fine sometimes but I still like holding a book… -1:16 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen not got e book yet as the kindle not avaiable in uk want see what people thought as lover of turning pages at moment ! #litchat -1:17 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks Huzz falls asleep when I read to him. Sigh. #litchat -1:17 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @LoranneBrown Yes! #litchat -1:17 PM May 8th, 2009
joliehale @EliseBlackwell Reading aloud is a good bonding experience, lets me spread love of fave books, & renews appreciation for prose #litchat -1:17 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @EliseBlackwell Sorry if this comes twice There’s something about a “real” book #litchat -1:18 PM May 8th, 2009
LitChat Let’s bring the discussion back to Elise and lit fic. We can discuss ebooks and other media another time. Thanks! #litchat -1:18 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Another myth about literary fiction is that it’s dying. I’m so heartened by so much great writing, esp. internationally. #litchat -1:18 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @EliseBlackwell I don’t think lit fiction lacks plot, but it simply doesn’t use the plots that are sort of “ingrained” in us #litchat -1:18 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @joliehale agree with the green bit but can t beat book sometimes #litchat -1:19 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @stujallen Ebooks will never replace print for me. I do love Stanza for iPhone/Touch. Useful to upload my own w.i.p. to proof. #litchat -1:19 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @mizwrite Yes! & presents plot more sublty &/or as extension and shaper of character. #litchat -1:19 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell what you working on at the moment please #litchat -1:20 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Last week I was at PEN World Voices Festival: 160 writers fr/ around the world in NY rding and talking lit. It was … exciting! #litchat -1:20 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @EliseBlackwell LitFic not dying in MFA programs. Teachers/students all practitioners. Wonderful stuff; hope it finds audience. #litchat -1:20 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @EliseBlackwell agree.have started to read some great European fiction Shadows of the Wind was great #litchat -1:21 PM May 8th, 2009
joliehale Literary fiction is definitely not dying among my social circle! I have one friend my age (23) who subscribes to lit journals. #litchat -1:21 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen Thnx f/ asking. I’m editing my 4th novel, due out next spring w/ Unbridled Books. POSSIBLE title: An Unfinished Score. #litchat -1:21 PM May 8th, 2009
BookstoreK Lit fic doesn’t lack plot, it just isn’t driven with a stick by plot #litchat -1:21 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @EliseBlackwell I’m also editing an essay on the state of our natl lit for a new journal: Maana: A Bilingual Journal of Art… #litchat -1:22 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @BookstoreK Perfectly stated!! #litchat -1:22 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen ‘vanessadobbs you heard of night train to lisburn ? new book in vain of shadow of the #litchat -1:22 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @BookstoreK Love that: litfic “isn’t driven with a stick by plot”. Good way of saying it. #litchat -1:23 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @stujallen have got it in my pile to read #litchat -1:23 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell thanks great possible title punchy #litchat -1:24 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Oh, if you liked Shadow of the Wind, I have to promote spouse’s novel!: www.davidbajo.com (title: The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri) #litchat -1:24 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @EliseBlackwell “Ingrained” plots are from beginning of time (legends, myths) and still relevant, but lit fic is fun/different. #litchat -1:24 PM May 8th, 2009
joliehale How are everyone’s libraries for lit fic? I’m sometimes disappointed by my local library in that regard … #litchat -1:24 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks RT @BookstoreK Lit fic doesn’t lack plot, it just isn’t driven with a stick by plot #litchat #litchat -1:24 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @vanessadobbs me to lol #litchat -1:24 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks @joliehale That’s what interlibrary loans are for! #litchat -1:24 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen The title is driving me bonkers. With my 2nd and 3rd, I had title from beginning. Not so for 1st and new one. Hate that! #litchat -1:24 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @EliseBlackwell Find it interesting to learn lit in translation in US has dropped to almost nothing. Is US market so insular? #litchat -1:25 PM May 8th, 2009
TimOBrienNYT @EliseBlackwell i admire that! #litchat -1:25 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @EliseBlackwell Your hubby writes, too??? #litchat -1:25 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen my local library great one of main one in county thou #litchat -1:26 PM May 8th, 2009
deberryandgrant @LoranneBrown re: US market. Yes. It’s that insular. #litchat -1:27 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @mizwrite Yep, 2 writers in 1 house. When we lived in a 1-bedroom apt, it was tough! Now we each have a study=good. #litchat -1:27 PM May 8th, 2009
BookstoreK My personal criticism of lit fic is the story doesn’t always warrant the heft, would like to see a bit more editing #litchat -1:27 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @joliehale My library won’t order anything if it doesn’t get a good Kirkus review. I’ve had to inter-library to get some titles. #litchat -1:27 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @EliseBlackwell will write that down as well #litchat -1:27 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @BookstoreK Can you name a title you thought was under edited? Just curious… #litchat -1:28 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell never tempt to do the rankin think and go for song title ? #litchat -1:28 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @deberryandgrant @LoranneBrown US lit scene both is & isn’t insular. Promising signs: Dalkey Archive Press, PEN World Voices Fest. #litchat -1:28 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @EliseBlackwell Wow, 2 writers in 1 house! Do you ever collaborate, or is that dangerous? : ) #litchat -1:29 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs Haven’t been in local library for years.Had huge waiting lists for anything new. May be better now though #litchat -1:29 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell But would love to see more work trans. into English. Went to GREAT panel on contemp Mex fiction-most of their novels not avail here #litchat -1:29 PM May 8th, 2009
joliehale @LoranneBrown Unsurprising it’s so insular, considering it’s already so crowded with books by US writers. #litchat -1:30 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @mizwrite We don’t collaborate or rd each other’s 1st drafts. But do talk generally about writing. Similar aesthetic, thankfully. #litchat -1:30 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen my first LOCAL LIBRARY STOCK WILLIAM S BURROUGHS SO ALWAYS EXPECT GOOD LIT FROM LIBRARY #litchat -1:30 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @VanessaDobbs I love the idea of libraries; hate to borrow &give back! Have paid for entire wings of libr. w/overdue fines. #litchat -1:30 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen Not yet, on the song title, but who knows?! #litchat -1:31 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @EliseBlackwell What is your new book about? Can we help you brainstorm titles? #litchat -1:31 PM May 8th, 2009
TimOBrienNYT @insidebooks @Baylor_Press there will always be book lovers. forever. #litchat #followreader -1:31 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @ELISEBLACKWELL TRUE WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR BOLANOS 2666 GET TRANSLATED #litchat -1:32 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @joliehale Sure, lots of bks by US writers. Still, a vibrant interest in lit of rest of world is essential to cross-cult empathy #litchat -1:32 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @LoranneBrown love the idea but was frustrated so buy or borrow/lend with friends #litchat -1:32 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @CarolyBurnsBass Wow ’cause Kirkus can be cranky! Library Journal seems more balanced. (not to say I wasn’t happy w/ my last Kirkus #litchat -1:32 PM May 8th, 2009
BookstoreK @LoranneBrown Garden of the Last Days is the first that comes to mind #litchat -1:32 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @LoranneBrown I don’t BORROW library books, I RENT them. Overdue fines=rental fees. #litchat -1:32 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @TimOBrienNYT There WILL always be book lover forever. #litchat -1:32 PM May 8th, 2009
insidebooks @TimOBrienNYT Too right. There will always be those who value books for content and form. #followreader #litchat -1:33 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen lived in germny for some time so got saturated by european fictionloved it since #litchat -1:34 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @BookstoreK I’ve also rd bks that needed more editing. Yet following Richard Ford’s advice not to dis other writers, no names! #litchat -1:34 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite @EliseBlackwell Would love to see more foreign works here, too. Tho sometimes worry the beauty IS the language and lost in transl? #litchat -1:34 PM May 8th, 2009
BookstoreK I have a stack of translated works from publishers, can’t wait to start reading them next week, will tweet about the good #litchat -1:35 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen Though Bolano, like Sebald, seems to be publishing more dead than alive! #litchat -1:35 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @mizwrite True, good translation is a real art, been called “finding a metaphor f/ a metaphor.” Love C.M. Mayo’s trans of Span! #litchat -1:36 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen sometimes can make you think of the wonder boys when reading a long badly edited novel !!! #litchat -1:36 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @EliseBlackwell @BookstoreK Don’t want to dis others; interesting instructional points possible in respectful ways, tho, I hope. #litchat -1:36 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @LoranneBrown Absolutely. I’m just careful about naming names. I made fun of a few writers in Grub (a satire of the lit life). #litchat -1:36 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell I hasten to add that Grub also made fun of me and my books! And I hope was all in good fun. Very cathartic to write. #litchat -1:37 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell yeah i didn t hear of him really much till he was dead shame maybe writing wants it nick drakes or jim morrisons to #litchat -1:38 PM May 8th, 2009
mizwrite Must run! But will catch up tonight on stream. Thank you, @EliseBlackwell and all brilliant #litchat folks!. I always learn from you all! -1:39 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell The relationship betw/ writers & the market is a tough one. So many writers get ground down by it–or try to write for it. #litchat -1:40 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell thanks been great chat sorry fellow litchats think been chatting loads #litchat -1:41 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell You want to write FOR readers, but it’s important to live inside your work while writing (vs. imagining your query letter). #litchat -1:41 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen and @mizwrite Thank you for chatting! #litchat -1:42 PM May 8th, 2009
deberryandgrant @EliseBlackwell Or your review in the Times #litchat -1:42 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen still here lol #litchat -1:43 PM May 8th, 2009
deberryandgrant @EliseBlackwell When your relationship is w/your work. The Market is a difficult mistress. #litchat -1:43 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @deberryandgrant Exactly! So many writers get lost that way. Or just frustrated when the Times doesn’t review their novel. #litchat -1:43 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @EliseBlackwell Writing for the market: impossible for me. Try to write the book I’ve always wanted to read. Hope market agrees… #litchat -1:44 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Perfectly said: RT @deberryandgrant When your relationship is w/your work. The Market is a difficult mistress. #litchat -1:44 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass RT @deberryandgrant @EliseBlackwell When your relationship is w/your work. The Market is a difficult mistress. #litchat -1:44 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @LoranneBrown Me as well, and it’s the only way to write literary fiction and be a happy and generous human being. #litchat -1:44 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell as a times reader for last upteen years know their reviews fickle #litchat -1:45 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @EliseBlackwell Excellent philosophy of life and writing: “be a happy and generous human being” #litchat -1:46 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Hosting a chat s great fun–but hard on the fingers! Hope I’m keeping up okay, and I’m sorry if I overlooked a post. #litchat -1:46 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @LoranneBrown I agree #litchat -1:47 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @EliseBlackwell We would love to hear about your upcoming book. Do you mind chatting about it? #litchat -1:48 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Let me make a heartfelt pitch to support independent publishers and bookstores (and libraries!) if you love literary fiction. #litchat -1:48 PM May 8th, 2009
mmj5170 @EliseBlackwell Maybe hard on the fingers, but appreciated. #litchat -1:48 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @CarolyBurnsBass Should come out spring 2010. Novel set in world of contemporary classical music. Main char=viola player. #litchat -1:49 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @EliseBlackwell Unfortunately we have no independant bookstore in my hometown or wd support them #litchat -1:49 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell She is being blackmailed by her lover’s widow to work on a concerto he left behind. More about being a woman than my earlier bks. #litchat -1:49 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @mmj5170 Thanks! #litchat -1:49 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @EliseBlackwell look forward to reading it. #litchat -1:50 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @eliseblackwell a reall heartfelt thanks from me #litchat -1:50 PM May 8th, 2009
BookstoreK RT @EliseBlackwell Excellent philosophy of life and writing: “be a happy and generous human being” #litchat -1:50 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell I realize that description makes it sound more potboiler than lit fiction. It’s lit fiction, but there’s tight plot there. #litchat -1:50 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @EliseBlackwell Sounds like a rich premise (nice pitch btw) #litchat -1:50 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks @VanessaDobbs That’s a bummer, but at least many indie bookstores have online ordering… #litchat -1:51 PM May 8th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @EliseBlackwell Ooh, sounds a bit dark and sinister. Maybe even a literary thriller? #litchat -1:51 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @unbridledbooks will look them up #litchat -1:51 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell I guess twitter might shut down on us, so let me say: Thank you so much! & we can cont. tweeting in the usual way in the coming wks #litchat -1:52 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @CarolyBurnsBass Psychological thriller–a little, yes! & about how to make a life of art in contemp U.S. #litchat -1:52 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @LoranneBrown Thanks. WOrking on the “elevator description” still…. #litchat -1:52 PM May 8th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @EliseBlackwell Thanks very much have written down suggestions for new reads #litchat -1:53 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @vanessadobbs us too mine closed bout year ago #litchat -1:53 PM May 8th, 2009
LitChat Yes, thank you for joining us, Elise. We appreciate you stepping in early to ensure we had a full hour with you. #litchat -1:53 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen @vanessadobbs Mine too, so now I order from Malaprop’s, one state over & book shop when I travel. #litchat -1:53 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell @LitChat Thank you for having me. I’m a huge LitChat fan! #litchat -1:54 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown If I could describe my story in 25 words-or-less, I wouldn’t need to write 150,000! #litchat -1:55 PM May 8th, 2009
stujallen @litchat thanks for bring us elise #litchat -1:55 PM May 8th, 2009
unbridledbooks Thank you, @EliseBlackwell, for chatting with us! And thanks to @LitChat, too! #litchat -1:56 PM May 8th, 2009
LitChat Am copying the chat to post later on the blog. Feel free to extend the convo in the blog. www.litchat.net. #litchat -1:56 PM May 8th, 2009
LoranneBrown @EliseBlackwell Thanks for #litchat Elise, everyone. #litchat -1:56 PM May 8th, 2009
EliseBlackwell Thanks everyone. See you on twitter!! #litchat -1:57 PM May 8th, 2009
mmj5170 @LitChat Yes, thank you once again. #litchat -1:57 PM May 8th, 2009
LitChat Thanks to everyone who joined us today with @EliseBlackwell. Have a great weekend. See you back on Monday, 4 pm/edt. #litchat -1:57 PM May 8th, 2009
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