There is more going on these days than could be imagined. Rather dream-like if the truth be told.
A new baby (my first). A new novel (my third). My wife still loves me, my family still puts up with me, and the writing is going well. What is there, really, to complain about?
There is a big difference between being a writer and being a writer with a child. I see that now. Every sentence counts now in a way it did not before. Not in a creative way, no, I do not mean like that. Creatively, every sentence has always mattered. Creatively speaking, every sentence is all there is. The succession of sentences and structure is all that matters.
What I mean is that every sentence counts from an output perspective. It becomes a matter of "So, you still wanna write for a living? It's easy to live on the sly when you are single and flexible, not so much with wife and child. SO, if you wanna write and make this a career, then you need to produce. You need ideas on paper and you need to refine them. You need more words and more ideas and more preciseness, more energy, less tell and more show.
WRITER TO WRITER:
INTERVIEW WITH DAVID EDWARD WAGNER
Here is the complete interview David Edward Wagner recently did with the website "131 Preview Review" with author and site curator SI Hayes. Enjoy!
Welcome to the 131 Preview Review! I'm excited to have you here! I hope you've had a good day. I understand you are currently in Istanbul, Turkey.
My day was good. Just getting some things done and trying to keep up with the never-ending work load.
And yes, I am in Istanbul, for about three years now.
I understand you are quite busy. The interview is pretty straight froward, we'll chat a bit about the work I've read, and segue into other things you have been doing.
Great no problem, I am really happy to do it. Thanks for taking the time.
Oh no problem, I love to read and this Review blog gives me such an opportunity to meet the authors it's a thrill for me.
I really did enjoy "Marvelous Things" it was truly thought provoking.
Cool, thank you. It was interesting to write, so i was hoping some of my own questions rubbed off on the reader. hopefully with just enough action/suspense to drag you along.
It was quite suspenseful, I wanted to pull my hair out with Lt. Abbott around the middle. LOL
Haha, good. that means I was doing my job, right?
Updates, Insights, and What's Up Lately...
Hello, howdy, and merhaba.
It has been a busy and productive period here at David Wagner Media's secret headquarters. Well, okay, you got me, 'secret headquarters' may be a little overdramatic. In all actuality, I have been moving back and forth between my little Istanbul apartment and a couple of cafés I regularly write and edit at. But, to clarify, yes indeed have I been both busy and productive.
On the personal side, my lovely wife and I are expecting our first child any week now. So that pretty much takes any cake conceivable. Very excited and ready to see the little tyke after these nine long months of watching him grow and kick around inside of my wife. Mentally preparing myself for sleepless nights, poopy diapers, and a constant barrage of the unexpected. I can't wait.
On the creative/business side of things:
and Citizen X
Chapter Three - Part Five
In Part Four, I brought in three elements crucial to the development of the remainder of this blog series.
Those elements are: Resistance, Deontic Power, and Biopower.
In Part Five, I will continue exploring these elements.
A shift of power
Until the coming of Enlightenment values and industrial capabilities, the general forms of western political power were ‘monarchal’ and ‘aristocratic:’ the power of kings: the oppressive and domineering power that gave the sovereign authority “le droit de fait mourir ou laisser vivre.”
Monarchal and Aristocratic power entail explicit control, where the sovereign authority has direct, justified access to the bodies, lives, and opportunities of his subjects.
In this context, political power was considered the sole possession of a lone sovereign or ruling class. Current philosophical inquiries into the subject, following Foucault, have to admit to a shifting in the locus of political power.
With the growing specialization, consolidation, and cohesion of industrial, political, and economic systems, the traditional concept of ‘power as sovereign’ fails to hold.
No longer confined to the simple form of an absolute ruler, the paradigm and structural mechanisms of sovereignty have become embedded in and internal to the social system itself. Modern sovereignty, says Foucault, is embodied in “more-or-less organized, hierarchical, coordinated cluster[s] of relations.”