quote:Welcome to this week's Novel Support Group. Anyone can join. If you're new, tell us a bit about who you are and what project you are working on. Feel free to update the NSG Work in Progress thread with your current projects. Although we can report on any number of things, here is a list of suggestions (suggestions welcomed).
What were your goals last week and did you accomplish them? Describe what you worked on. Set goals for next week. Did you learn something during this week?
Here is a list of things that you can do each week as we work on our novels (suggestions welcomed).
Writing on a novel Characterization World Building Relevant research
As for me:
Last Week's Goals:
DUAL MAGICS SERIES (THE SHAMAN'S CURSE, THE VOICE OF PROPHECY, BEYOND THE PROPHECY,and WAR OF MAGIC): Prepare a one-day promotion for THE SHAMAN'S CURSE. Not yet.
BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING: Finish the prequel novella. Yes!
MAGE STORM: Read through what I've already rewritten. Started.
DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING: Try another one-day promo after updating categories, keywords, and blurb. Yes. New blurb is much better.
Two puzzle pieces fell into place for a project under plan, about ready for the draft board; one, the overall tangible-intangible complication and its introduction; two, the initial incitement. The sketch visuals for the first scene take shape.
Wondered today about the origin of the proverb "It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game." Agonism, a school of thought, notes that contention, the game, as it were, is natural and necessary to the human condition -- the harmonious society espoused by Karl Marx is impossible -- that contention enlivens existence. Otherwise, life stagnates and dies. The contention, though, per Samuel Chambers, ought best be honorable between worthy opponents, for maximum satisfaction on all parts.
The proverb "Any means to an end," means any tactic irrespective of honorable contention and worthiness of contestants. Is there any more pathetic spectacle than grossly mismatched contestants? No honor or worthwhile satisfaction accrues for any who contend under such disparate conditions, nor onlookers. The congruent opposite, "The ends do not justify the means," means consider whether the means are honorable and worthy -- this train of thought incited the "how you play the game" inquiry.
Grantland Rice, a sports correspondent, coined the proverb as part of a poem about football, life, and social-spiritual belief, "Alumnus Football," 1908, from a Sarah the Suburbanite blogspot page, the pertinent lines from the poem of ninety-six lines:
"For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes - not that you won or lost - but how you played the Game."
Fits the project I am on as a maxim for the whole, more so than the proverb's everyday paraphrases.