Oh blog, how I have neglected you! Forgive me for this long absence. I attribute my inability to post to the brain drain associated with the novel revision process. Revision. It is like a vortex sucking away my time, energy and motivation. I know there are people who become energized by this process, who revel … Continue reading Long Time
My short story "Resting in Place" is up today at Necessary Fiction. Here is the opening few sentences to entice you to go have a read:"My father saved me from drowning in the Atlantic Ocean. I remember, even if he can’t anymore. My tiny self toddled around on the hot sand. I scooped up fistfuls, … Continue reading Published
I've read many blog posts by publishing folks about rejection. Rejection is a hot, juicy topic: dealing with it, decoding it, moving on from it, etc. There are whole sites dedicated to rejection. In some ways, rejection and the tally of these missives are a badge of honor to the aspiring writer. I've had my … Continue reading Acceptance
I was tooling around on the web and came across a link to an October 2008 article in The New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell - "Late Bloomers." It is a great read - go check it out. Gladwell makes some interesting observations about the nature of artists and the process of creation.He cites evidence from … Continue reading Writing Prodigy or Late Bloomer?
I am thrilled to announce that over the weekend I finished the first draft of my novel RIDING THE BLIND. Right now the word count is 80,055 words. I expect that number to grow during the revision process as I expand on some key scenes. On Saturday my husband and I went to dinner with … Continue reading I’m Finished!
My apologies for being so quiet. I've been working. And that, my friends, is the best excuse for absence in the rest of my life right now. I've been busy finishing my novel. Not quite yet, but I'm definitely just a few days away from typing "the end" on RIDING THE BLIND.Of course, this just … Continue reading Down the home stretch…
I have a short story that is 6,300 words long. Trying to find a home for this story is proving challenging because the nature of the short story market has shifted toward short-short work or what some call flash fiction. These are stories that are less than 1,000 words. I have written exactly two stories … Continue reading On the nature of narrative
In the last month I have deliberately unplugged myself. There are so many blogs, message boards, emails, and things other than writing that left me feeling worn out. Now, I'm ready in this last week of 2009 to look at the year in review - both the good and the not so good - to … Continue reading plugging back in
Good news! The slash & burn (s&b) continues with some success. I now have successfully reorganized the original material into the new format (three novellas). I have settled on a new title - THE OBSCURITY OF OTHERS. It comes from this quote:"We should blunt our sharp points,and unravel the complications of things;we should temper our … Continue reading a new way to go crazy, part II
So, as I mentioned in my last post, I am in the middle of revising my first novel. Except the word revising feels too tame a way to describe exactly what I am doing to the manuscript pages. Another writer once referred to her process as "slash and burn" and that feels like an apt … Continue reading a new way to go crazy, part I