Thursday, December 11, 2003

Finally, the photographic evidence...

So for the last six weeks there has been a steady drip-drip-drip of messages saying things like this:

Dear Neil

You promised us photos of your evil beard! Where are they?

C. Urious

And I did indeed promise. So, at long last, here's a photo of me taken in early November, with the sinister beard.

Of course, that beard has gone now. And my hair looks a lot more like a mop than it did then.

Hi Neil,
I was just wondering what you felt was more important, the story or the writing. It seems that sometimes authors who are known for their writing style get more respect than authors who are known for their storytelling ability.
Thanks much!

I think it's like asking which part of a song you like best, the words or the tune, to be honest. In a perfect world, you shouldn't be able to take them apart. I like different styles of writing (and I like writing in different styles), but if the writing's being used in order to tell a story, then I'd rather it didn't get in the way of reading the story. But then, I like to be able to hear the words of songs...