BEST OF 2023 Publications, Author's Pick
Fiction in French; Fiction in English; Fictions and essay; Essay with music videos; Drama and Climax; Audio and others
There are several sections in Juliette Masch Writes. Bypassing the divisions, I will declare below BEST OF JULIETTE MASCH WRITES 2023, AUTHOR’S PICK, in order to mark the end of the year for my oeuvres.
(my drawing - detail - a color is digital applied to the original)
BEST OF 2023, AUTHOR’S PICK (not by ranking order)
FICTION in French:
“Décembre pour les cieux oubliés” link
This is the very last of my short stories I published in 2023. When finished, the story in fact surprised me for its unexpected successful outcomes. This is the kind of direction into which I aspire to go as a writer of short stories which hold the fantastic and terror with social satires with human warmth, all in one as combined! Although being concise and economically depicted, all characters showed the distinct personality of each, even the friend of Progot (pronounced as pro-go), whose appearance was only at the beginning. That is the one who explained the sentiments of [shareholders, stock traders, and investors as trilogy actioners] to Progot. Everyone (or not) loves the skill of Gustave Flaubert able to pin point at a fictional person as if a real person with a life by a very short description or maybe only by few sentences. I admire that magic of an author.
Additionally, let me mention Stephen King. For a longtime, I’ve been thinking of how, yes, how to be a writer like him for looking up at his capability, ability, and all talents which allow him to make worlds of his own. However, in my case, I aim and desire to be such a writer as Stephen King by being reduced from him to a softer, less horrific, more fantastic and plus extra of my own version.
At any event, the most viable point I can raise here in my strong interest is his notion of the absentee of God on the world’s ballot. If any, that seems to be interpreted as to produce an adaptability of a loose God to the chaos of a modern world. This topic is actually not small. I would go back to Stephen King in my publication in the coming year.
Speaking of Décembre pour les cieux oubliés, its birth can be predicted (speaking of it retrospectively) in Les rues croisées à l’esprit link in the way that both stories carry self-suspensions over the narratives. But, Décembre pour les cieux oubliés has more strongly a trait of meta-fiction, though somewhat in a subtle form, which means, who writes or wrote what in which who is the narrator or are spoken of by whom to whom, are all interwoven into the story.
FICTION in English:
“Recap Capturer: Sedan” link
The sequel is not in a stagnation. However, there are points of difficulties on which I fall into a contemplative mode, whenever I try to continue the series, because of AI being a big and hot issue in the world now and toward the future. My realistic view is not that AI would be able to become sensitively sentient by trainings or self-trainings to help humanity in definite terms as if ultra intelligence with no malice, thus super innocence akin to a child born to the world at an every fresh moment. Nevertheless, Recap Capturer is a serial fiction in which in good and humanistic AIs in different forms move or travel with an alien in stories against antagonists. With this regard, the sequel can be said as a straightforward adventure of heroes. So, I can go onto this line. But at the same time, aliens and AI (or viable AGI by selves) are already a challenging set of characters to deal with, although all are my creation. Moreover, the retrospective oops is on Lecteur as having been made as mobile mini dishwasher-refrigerator to be travel companions. Despite all those hardships, I will begin the next phase (or at least a continuous episode) in 2024.
Recap Capturer: Sedan is the best of fiction 2023 in English I chose, mostly for the part of interactions between humans and the model ZX-45780, with which I was very happy then and I still am now too as the author, in addition to my satisfaction with Zak whom I developed as an elaborated one of the major characters in the series.
FICTIONS AND ESSAY (in English):
“KAFKA STYLE, REVISITED” link
The publication is a rare case for me for my rewriting of a post I had already published. Its precedented form in the original, KAFAKA STYLE, contained three fictions. In the revision, I entirely removed the very unsatisfactory and clichés laden tale, Absurd Chase. The part of short essay, Kafka according to Borges, in the end of KAFKA STYLE, REVISITED was a good addition to the whole at that time while I also have a though of omitting it completely at the next editing opportunity if I want to reshape it further.
The second fiction, Verdict of Spiral Courthouse, is a bit cinematic as well as theatrical. The end part can be very cinematographic. The theme can be described (by me) as about a suspended theology. The laughter at the end is whether for an (atheistic) hope or a fall, or entirely something else? The title tells a lot, this is aimed to be a Kafka style.
ESSAY with Music videos:
“Everyone gets into!” link
I’d been hard debating to myself where this post should have gone to on the home page’s categories. It was settled in the section Into Current for the form sake as being multimedia with my colloquial tone of the text. In an expression, this is a fun piece. However, be aware of! The elaborated shift is an excerption from the Benedict XVI’s book. Such is my style and some people are very critical of me for that, I’m fully aware of.
Other quick notes on Everyone gets into! are the rock gods of those days. They are absolutely stars born before the reign of digital powers online. Plus, Mick Jagger singing/performing Miss You there is epical according to me.
“NIGHT RUNS AND OTHER POEMS” link
This post is a sort of revision of my existing poems and I rewrote them quite quickly. I allow me to say, despite my embarrassment, those poems are beautiful. The phrase “Night runs, so does the sky” is from my old poem, which I submitted to literary journals decades ago, including those in England, Ireland, and Australia. In the US, New Yorker, Atlantic (Boston), Paris Review were also the focus of my ambitious self-amusement at that time. In those days, the submissions were made by postal mail and self-stamped envelops delivered my poems back to me with editors’ handwritten notes in some occasions. Some journals had never returned to me anything. All those returned poems and the editors’ notes were now missing, or precisely speaking of the event, they were stolen.
It is hard for me to prove anything if a bunch of privileged people, with their prestige, point their guns at me. Practically, a person whose status is nothing of nobody like me will be dead easy when I run into a wrong direction. So, one of my very modest protests is something I’m doing right now. Or, I declare I’m just part of night language.
NOTE MOST RELEVANT TO ME AT THIS MOMENT:
This is the one link (the date: Dec. 13)
Because it is a note from my Notes section, there is no proper title for it. Also, all notes are timely relevant for the reason that I comment on ongoing events as happenings. But, I particularly chose this one above with the link for the controversies of Harvard president, Claudine Gay, and the move of Harvard on her. There are more related news articles to this event and I’ve been following them since the date of this note above with the link. So far, in my guess, public may be most interested in knowing how, in general (apart from Gay and Harvard), scandales damaging the brand of entities or prestigious individuals, when discovered, are handled with money and power networks, most operationally by expensive consulting companies (for coverups and image rectifications) and by law firms (to prevent the case from being formal by threatening accusers [and those who are willing to testify], with defamation law suites.
DRAMA AND CLIMAX:
“Le cahier de juin’’ link
This short story in French was heading to the height of drama toward the end, in which I consciously tried to make it cinematographic. As a whole, it can be elaborated with details and the obvious fact is this story would be said as an initial draft. I am pretty happy with shifting scenes, from urban streets, to a café-dinner (or whatever it may be called), to an abandoned amusement park. It is a narrative form in which a quiet talk of Juin brings readers, as to be her audience, to her life, to the abduction, to the dynamite explosion of her memory, and to the sadness. Such was anyway what I tried to write. The story has also one of best introductory parts in my fictions when Juin encountered Prophet and said aloud to public he is her missing oncle whom she’d never met since her birth. She said so in order to make moments for their escape from the crowd. As for personages, the father of Juin is definitely one of the character, whom I would develop if I want to write an elaborated version of the story.
AUDIO ON SHAKESPEARE:
“Language, Language (IV)” link
I made numerous voice recordings in 2023 and each has a distinctness of its own. Thus, choosing one from them as to be best is impossible. So, let me say the reason for my picking Language, Language (IV), which is not for the excellence or the best quality of anything, but for the way of my easy-going recitations of Shakespeare, very obviously with no practice before the recording, that thus can be said as outrageously courageous. Alternatively, it might be said as tearfully touching because I was deadly serious in reading aloud excerpts from the great master’s works. When reciting King Richard’s words, I’d become sincerely Richard II from the depth of my heart. So was true for Hamlet and Ophelia. Equally was so for Romeo and Juliet. Alas! One is capable of doing unimaginable things when being in certain determination.
Otherwise, my “Segment [number whatever], récitation, extrait’’ in French could have been positively more receptive.
BEING IN A CURRENT BEFORE THE STORM:
“AI Paradise for Humanity, Discussed Israeli Prime Minister, OpenAI President, MIT Prof, and Elon Musk” link
The section Into Current is akin to a collection of daily sessions in live when each publication is made, thus fresh at that moment, then left behind when the current has changed. It is more than difficult therefore to choose one post as best. Besides, this Best of 2023 is not based on the sectional divisions as I wrote at the beginning. But so far as you very likely have already noticed that there are a separation line between my responses to or comments on current happenings in the US and the world, and, my essays and fictions. “AI Paradise for Humanity” belongs to the former with no argument.
The subject matter of my post was the video discussion of those three, mentioned above, and Netanyahou before Oct. 7. OpenAI had had at that time still have Sam Altman on the board and that was also before he was brought back onto the board.
I originally watched the video posted on Netanyahou’s X/(Twitter). How things has changed since then in the region there! More vividly than then, I now think of his words having implied human sufferings as [conditioned] as if [divinely ordained].
There are anywhere crowds of manualized cliché people, either by dogma or habitual flow of thoughts. When Elon said the slow speed of trees growing (said metaphorically as human comprehensions), compared to the high speed of Super AI, that did not mean to be directed, for a self-retorical purpose, into the length of time as years which children need to grow before patient and pleasurable parents’ eyes, or humanity as a whole humanity before the God’s eyes. I had an intention to emphasize the point but postponed. This is therefore a good opportunity for me in this space.
With a firm realization that I cannot cover my publications of 2023 all over at this time, I end the post here, or I would run into 2024 while writing this post. Thus a continuation, BEST of 2023 Publications, Author’s Pick (2) will meet you sometime soon in the next year!