Spokane is reading…
Spokane is readingâ€¦Laurie King!
Or at least, they’re all hunkering down to read THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE. If you live in eastern Washington state, I hope you know this already, and will come to one of the two October 19 events, sponsored by one great library system and Auntieâ€™s Books (and no, yours truly did not sit for the portrait on their logo.)
Itâ€™s been a great joy, and huge relief, this past week to immerse myself in TOUCHSTONE again. Monday I only managed a couple of hours, but the rest of the week I put in full days, and have now regained a sense of what the book is and where it needs to go. Portions of what Iâ€™ve been working on I havenâ€™t read since I wrote it last May, which meant that I kept discovering plot twists and character complexities that Iâ€™d forgotten about. Of course, the problem is that when a person writes as I do, blindly, most of the work comes with reshaping the earlier portions of the book to fit with later revelations.
I have one bit left that I hope to tackle this morning, working in necessary information into existing scenes. Itâ€™s a tough balance, feeding the reader just enough information so the bookâ€™s tension makes sense, but not enough so s/he begins to flip pages. When Iâ€™ve got this section down, Iâ€™ll print it off and give it to my agent for her first read, and then begin to work my way down the list of â€œChangesâ€ that Iâ€™ve noted all along.
It is, I fear, a very long list.