A perfect storm of rewrite
You may nave noticed that there’s nothing to see here, and moved along. I am head-down in the rewrite, six or eight hours straight of either reading the thing aloud (muttering it, actually, and haltingly, since I stop every few words to change something, then have to re-read the paragraph as corrected) or else inputting the changes, my eyes flipping back and forth between printout and screen, printout and screen, printout…
It’s ridiculous. I have a life on hold, appointments to make, friendships withering on the vine for lack of attention, bee people to see, antique airplane folk to question, and here I sit, head-down over the laptop.
I want to take a class in Japanese. I want to learn to cook Thai, correctly. I want to go to someplace with sand and watch waves come and go and come and go and come and go.
Life is what happens when you’re doing other things. Like writing a book.
Anyway, this too will pass and I will emerge, blinking and growling—oh, and Muttering, too.
In the meantime, here’s a thing.
Next month on the Virtual Book Club we’re reading FOLLY, the novel that threatened to clear the offices of Random House when everyone who read their special in-house ARC got a faraway look in their eyes and started to greet each other in the elevators by asking, “Have you ever thought of building a cabin somewhere? Do you think I could get a sabbatical to do it and then write about it?”
(This month we’re reading Kay Redfield Jamison’s brilliant memoir on madness [her word] An Unquiet Mind. My introduction and the discussion are here [sorry, my links are still not working on WordPress]:
But on August 28, we’re giving away 7 copies of FOLLY:
Two hardbacks will go to members of the Laurie Loves Libraries List. If you haven’t submitted your library to be part of the list, email us now at email@example.com with your favorite library’s name and address!
Also, a signed trade paperbacks of FOLLY will be given to winners drawn from each of the following groups:
LRK Newsletter registrants
LRK blog Registrants
Active VBC members
All VBC members
You can sign up at those here:
And finally, a UK version of Folly will go to a member drawn from LRK’s Facebook page members.
Good luck, everyone, and—see you on the other side!