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When I began the Street Conversations Project, I didn't give much thought to the format. I just sort of went with it, riding on the burst of idea (indeed, the colour idea came from deborahb ten minutes before I updated the first one) but I've really gotten into the format. It's pure dialogue, sure, but I've found my voice for using it so that I am, more often than not, pleased with the totality what goes up. Indeed, I've been enjoying the structure so much that chapter eleven in A Walking tour of the Dreaming City is now done in the same structure.

I suspect that when they get read together, the Street Conversations might sound a bit similar, character voice wise. At the moment, I can't tell, but once it's done, I'll look back and learn how much I dislike it. (Which is the nature of it, really. It doesn't matter what the piece is but after I finish it and look back at it later, it's this alien thing that is filled with things I dislike.) At some stage during the first two weeks, I thought about trying a bit of phonetics. I tossed it, since I figured that I would need more time to make reasonable phonetic dialogue. Each part of the Street Conversation stuff is done in a burst, written on the Monday night, rewritten Tuesday morning, edited back and forth by Tuesday night. It then gets double checked by beautiful people and I update it on the Wednesday. Surprisingly, it has worked well, and I haven't hated it, as I worried I might when I began (he says, with two parts left to write). But it strikes me that if I hadn't done it with that week to week burst, that if I had allowed myself a bit more time, I might have stretched the language of each piece more.

Another time, maybe.

Chapter 11 of A Walking Tour of the Dreaming City is called 'Beat Takeshi'.

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shadowsandice
Mar. 26th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
And he has what to do with Sydney? :P

(By the way, you use 'indeed' way too much. )
benpeek
Mar. 26th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
don't edit the blog posts. i don't edit the blog posts, so don't you. indeed, i only used indeed twice, which is indeed within the indeed limits of using indeed, as indeed many will indeed tell you.

and beat takeshi has nothing to do with sydney. but the 'word' beat ties in the imagery of hearts, and his movies are about violence, which is what the chapter is about. plus, it shows my wonderful grasp on a multicultural world.

and, you know, i always wanted to name a story beat takeshi.
shadowsandice
Mar. 26th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
The word 'indeed' raises my hackles even in conversation.
benpeek
Mar. 26th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
indeed?

(why did i put little marks around word?)
shadowsandice
Mar. 26th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
Stop that.
benpeek
Mar. 26th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
no, i mean seriously, i should have put the things around beat. indeed, it'd make more sense.
shadowsandice
Mar. 26th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
So not talking to you anymore. Shoo.
benpeek
Mar. 26th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
aw. now where will i get my fun?
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