Saturday, 12 July 2008

Speed bumps

Those annoying things that slow you down. Not that slowing down in a car is either annoying or bad... Hmm... should have chosen a better metaphor. Anyway. Work on the novel has ground to a halt. This is partly because of other commitments, partly because I went mad in the garden (a sight to behold) and helped dig up our first lot of potatoes. This was about ten minutes of sitting on a stool running my fingers through crumbly soil to pick out fine young spuddies. Result: totally knackered and in bed for days.

There is another reason that I won't go into in detail as it is something of a legal minefield. Suffice it to say, if the naysayers are correct it seems to me that it would be illegal for any writer of fiction to have one of their characters talk about or refer to a book, film, or television programme, or a character in any of those, without getting copyright permission to do so. In other words, you cannot have your characters living in the real world (unless they only refer to things out of copyright). It would make an interesting test case. Which is why I'm going to ignore what I've been told and, when I'm well enough, plough ahead with the w-i-p exactly as I want to write it.

See you all in court.

3 comments:

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Sorry about the speed bumps - but glad you're sticking to your guns (if you'll forgive a mixed metaphor). Hope you're back in action soon.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Many thanks. I'm on the up and should soon be back chiselling words out of the ether.

liz fenwick said...

I am so pleased that you are going forward despite the 'bumps'. It is the right thing to do....... lizx