He said that those who could do good work but wouldn’t created a vacuum in the world that would be filled by those who could do bad things and would. —Tim Gautreaux, “The Pine Oil Writing Conference”, in his short story collection, Welding with Children.
Gautreaux is the writing mentor I’ve never had – my bad luck. He knows our craft, and he knows the impeccable details of the worlds of his people. Read him. Then, consider the nature of your good work; of your would; or wouldn’t. Consider the dead “written content” on the internet. Consider that a growing vacuum is being filled with vacuous* language – on the internet, on tv, in overheard conversations. Send us what you find within your self.
- mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘empty of matter’): from Latin vacuus ‘empty’ + -ous.
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