Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor
Excerpts from books and rough drafts. Essays from a writer's notebooks
New Excerpts !
Susan's been cleaning the basement (she does that once every five or six years, whether she needs to or not). She's found some old drafts of novels and has identified scenes from the Cutting Room Floor that she'd forgotten all about.
These may not be as interesting as she things they are (Susan's a writer, which means she has a flawed sense of proportion), but, one way or another, they're . . .
(12/2005) Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor: from An Exchange of Hostages: Old Drafts
out excerpts from the next Jurisdiction book,
WARRING STATES: Interview
Throughout 2001, and into 2002, I posted a different block of material "from the cutting room floor". Some of this unpublished material has been shared at conventions and online discussions like the Compuserve Science Fiction Literature Forum, but most of it had never been made available before.
course of making a movie scenes may be filmed that are subsequently cut
from the finished process left on the cutting room floor. Sometimes
out-takes and other "lost" or deleted bits are the typographical errors
or false starts of the movie world; sometimes they contained important
plot or characterization elements that had to be discarded in the service
of the formal structure of the film, the kind of story the director was
trying to tell, or for any number of other reasons.
I hope you find this material entertaining.
And I'm willing to entertain your ideas for "Scenes You'd Like to See." So, let me know what you think....and watch this page.
Great dripping chunks of text occupy space, and space is at a premium on web sites -- especially as these Scenes proliferate. Here's how we have handled the problem:When there are Current Scenes,they are posted in three formats, one suitable for reading online, and two suitable for printing off and carrying away from the computer to read off-line (Word97 and PDF).
A new scene's download files will be posted for only 30 days.
After 30 days, the download files will be taken down. The read-on-line version will continue to be available here on the web site.
"Oh, that's awful!" I can hear you say. "It's not fair! I just got here! I want it all!" And I like that in a visitor (grin). I'm all in favor of encouraging compulsive text acquisition behavior on the part of visitors to this web site.
I have a fix to propose, as follows: Any time you want a version of any previously posted Scenes section, I'll be glad to send you the text as an email attachment. In this way I hope to keep prior Scenes available as both read-on-line and print-off-for-later versions, while streamlining the storage requirements for this web site.
Let me know if this works for you. And remember, if at any time you want the printable text version, send me an email and I'll be glad to oblige.