Friday, July 5, 2013

a question of jurisdiction: an excerpt from THE HANGING MAN

"I am an officier de police judiciaire, you know. I could arrest you."

"In America, there is no such thing as an officier de police judiciaire. And you have no authority here in any case, Mademoiselle."

"In that case, I may simply shoot you. Perhaps I will be seized by a sudden urge. My status as an officier de police judiciaire will have no bearing upon that, Monsieur Pascal."

6 comments:

  1. I like characters who announce that they may have sudden urges to shoot someone!

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  2. That dialogue isn't even in the book. It's just a note to myself about a possible scene in a future chapter. I have no idea if that scene will even develop; I just wanted to use the French police term somewhere, and I remembered that Patience had an urge to fire her pistol in the first book, so she might have a similar urge in this one. I worry that this book will become too much of a comedy. I'm having a crisis of art right now, unsure about any of the books I've written or am writing. It's not a lot of fun.

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  3. Scott, you do know that the kind of crisis you're having is completely normal, right? Especially after publishing. Just keep writing. I think it's the only way through.

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  4. I think a little bit of insecurity can also be good if it helps us push ourselves even more.

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  5. I am trying to live by the advice of Vladimir Nabokov, who said that when the ugly creature called Commonsense shows up at your door to tell you that the novel you're writing isn't going to sell, you should shoot Commonsense dead, lock your door, and keep working on your novel. I am trying to dazzle, to mesmerize, to create magic; I'm afraid, however, that at best all I can really do is entertain mildly and rewrite other people's novels. I want to astound myself, not just work in a couple of laughs. It's a headache. I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm pushing, but I don't recognize the direction in which I push.

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