Roasting Meat by Conjuring Hellfire

From next week, Nick Cody will return with his online writing experiment The Wonders of Cata. I interviewed him to find out more.

(Paul) Last March, you began drafting weekly installments about Dick’s adventures in Cata. When I interviewed you before you started, you said that you need the pressure of a deadline to sit down and write. Is that still the case?

(Nick) Yes, that’s still the case. I had a good summer reading Infinite Jest and getting halfway through it. But Cata kinda faded due to a lack of attention on my part.

(Paul) Will anything be different this time?

(Nick) This time I will make no effort to connect bits of narrative. I just want to flesh out the story world and create scenes that I think could be funny or striking while also adding some flora and fauna to this odd city state.

(Paul) How many weekly excerpts do you plan to post?

(Nick) I plan to post another nine excerpts, varying in length from snippets as short as 600 words to a maximum of 1000 words if the scene requires more length.

(Paul) Is there an overall goal for the writing?

(Nick) To develop a habit of writing regularly. I can’t sit down to work on a novel. For whatever reasons, I just can’t. But I can write smaller pieces, and I hope exercising that “writing muscle” might help me strengthen the habit so to speak.

(Paul) What do Catians cook with?

(Nick) Catians cooking. Let me see. In general, we can say the normal folks cook with the conventional means: water, air, earth, and fire. But the Numbered all choose to roast meat by conjuring hellfire with the palms of their hands.

(Paul) Thanks. You’ve just given me the title for this blog post.

(Nick) My pleasure.

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One Comment

  1. Andrew Oberg
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    You two might have too much time on your hands… 😉

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