Monday, March 31, 2008

Pointing Things Out

I'm at dinner last night with the gang, when Fred says, "So, do we get to read the thesis?"

I replied, "Actually, you've already seen some of it."

I started naming the stories I've submitted to the group, and a couple of times he said, "Oh, I like that one." (Huzzah! Somebody actuall likes something!) Then I realized that all but one of the thesis stories have gone through the group. I never noticed that until last night.

It made me think of when I was talking with Jenny the other day and the thesis came up. I said I was still wrestling with this idea of having a unifying factor in the thesis vs. just having a collection of stories. She just shrugged. "They're already talking to each other, you just don't know it yet. Put 'em all together, hand it over, and we'll tell you how."

Which just goes to re-iterate the idea that readers are usually better at knowing what a writer is saying than the writer themself.

4 comments:

Jenny said...

It also reiterate the idea "Jenny's smart. Let's listen to her."

or something like that.

Jenny said...

I mean, um, reiterate-s-. Yah. I mean, yeah.

Ali said...

Lol. Yeah, about that... :)

Mishell said...

You know, Ali. The good thing about having smart friends like Jenny is that they give you lots of great information, and you don't have to worry about all that humility garbage. I just wanted to let you know that though I do not often give you sage advice, as Jenny does, I, too, don't have a humility problem. Yup. I'm just full of myself, oh, and b.s., too.