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Would you consider 'collaborating'?

Actually, I have collaborated before, once. This produced the very easily forgotten, lost in time, novella we refer to as The Engima Variant, which was published by MirrorDanse Books in 1999. It was written by myself and Chris Mowbray and it was, without doubt, awful.

I don't know how to collaborate with other authors. I learnt this quick with Chris (and he learnt the same thing, I imagine). We kept trying to rewrite each other. We kept trying to push our ideas in. It wasn't so much as a give and take, but a battle ideas, and whoever had last rewrite won in many ways. That was me, so a lot of the chapbook's craptacular contents was well and truly down to me.

There are people who collaborate all the time. There are people who do it well. I've no idea how they do it. For me, it feels like I'm holding stuff back, and only doing the work by halves, and it feels weaker and I'm much less satisfied about the whole thing than anything else I've ever written.

It was an experience I wouldn't take back, however. It was fun working with Chris, even as we fought for independence, and tried to figure out what we were doing and where we were going. I figure you ought to try collaboration at least once, because even if it fails, you'll learn a lot about how you work as a writer.

But once was all I needed.


The Ben Peek Show.

(So, now, isn't that cover just all class? Wouldn't you want to buy such a chapbook. Yet, we sold all one hundred of them, despite ourselves. I don't know if people ever read them, and lets just thank fuck that nothing was ever heard back from it. Still, everyone does something that at the starts sounds like a good idea, and in the end just is just a cock up. Anyhow, I thought I'd post it here so you could all see that classy cover. Things of more class are happening over in the forum, as I've been asked if I'm single, what my spirituality means in my writing, and just why I like dead Americans.)


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Apr. 13th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
I've collaborated a fair bit, but most of my projects have been divided into well delineated bits, and I've had a good relationship with my collaborators when it has come to editing. I think I've even managed a good consistency of tone when needed (which does not include Prismatic...) But trying to collaborate on longer fiction and maintain that tone is a scarier prospect.

Any idea how Chris is, by the way? I haven't seen him in ages.
Apr. 13th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
did you write PRISMATIC in the same way as your other stuff? like, the clear, delineated bits?

i haven't seen chris for ages, either, so i don't really know how he is. he's sort of drifted into different circles, which is cool. happens. i've heard he's okay though. his mum was in hospital recently with a mild heart attack, i heard.
Apr. 13th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
Yes, pretty much, albeit with more room to breathe. I don't think people will have much trouble working out which bits are mine.
Apr. 19th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Hey I've got one of those chapbooks - must read it one day ;)
Apr. 19th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
about a page of it will be all you need, i'm telling you. but i suppose it's interesting to look at me then and me now. the difference is... well, quite large.
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