Karen~Awesome! (said southern with a tryiní mock of valley-speak.)
Thanks for the great links. Loved the Burry site too. This quote caught me on the opening page.
ďIn the artistic world, the most solitary of disciplines may be that of the writer. There are few premieres or opening nights, gallery exhibits or unveilings. There is just the work, and the elusive promise of success.Ē
See, most of my works have always included elements of my dialect, too. I could say that I donít know how else to write, but thatís not exactly true. If Iím writing from the core of who I am, my southern roots are as bold and evident as mad mink roots on a bleach-bottle-blonde, especially in artistic pieces. My phrasing gets most noted, and I have been scolded for using things like ďthangs,Ē but Iím too rebellious to erase every thang in everything I write. Critical papers and technical pieces are so taxing to me that I just wanna go get soused down at the pub and argue it out with some other Scots-Irish inflected/infected person to feel real again. If yíall could hear me speak, oh my, youíd know how far south my gerunds have gone with the wind.
Portraying another is a different story though. I do want to be mindful of what the world may perceive someone to be through my words.
Iíve always understood and enjoyed your writing, and in fact your dialect just makes your words hit closer to home with me, so donít lose it, use it! Hehe.
Well, hon, we are definitely akin on our favorite novels. Harper Lee is the only one I know who did it so right the first time she didnít have to write another. I also love her friend, Truman Capote. Alice Walker is another who deserved her Pulitzer, for ďThe Color Purple.Ē Masters of the southern written word to me.
Ron~ The piece Iím working on is a tribute to my daddy: A Fatherís Day submission for publication. His speech/voice can be somewhat compared to Foghorn Leghorn and Yosemite Sam, which is funny, but part of his mastery and presence is how he delivers his intelligence through that type of speech. Does that make sense at all? I want to capture his character without slighting him or degrading his intelligence.
Iíll be sure to highlight and reveal how wise he is through speech an action, as well as how ďcolorfulĒ and raucous. He can go from, ďWhat thah blaziní battles double-D barreled hell is going on?Ē(Sister-fights.) to ďAh have no comment on the mattra.Ē I canít help but hope he thinks Iíve done right by him.
Yes, college and the business world tend to erase elements of dialect. And yes, Twain is tough to tango with, in the essence of dialect. No matter how simplistic, that man made the slightest utterances a work of art.
Larry~ Ainít Daddies the greatest! Donít worry, Iíll share. Thanks so much for you.
Marge~ Wow! That piece reminded me of Eudora Welty. Fabulous word usage and yes, the dialect brought her to life. Iím happy you shared her with me.
Ess~ Au contraire, mon ami. That wouldnít be as distinguishing now would it? Improve on dialect? Thatís how it gets gone. But in this case, Iíll admit my split infinitive faux pas and thank you for having such a keen eye. Donít forget though, split infinitives are allowed in non-formal writing and in certain instances of formal writing. Even William Shakespeare used one. Peace, my word brother.
Brad~ I know, I listed my few above, which Iíd nevah be able to compare my writing to theirs but they are a great influence and inspiration for me. I hate to say there are few today who are able to rise to the task of that level of writing. Charles Frazier is coming along.