Les Semaines

October 25, 2009

what I'm thinking and doing § what I'm listening to § what I'm reading
what I'm writing § retrospective: old journal


My Life in Manuscripts

How things are around here while my head is in manuscripts (poetry and fiction): Edit edit edit; tweak twist cut.

I'm proofreading, really. An intense proofreading to see if this deep cut works. It's nearly 1/3 shorter. It's 100,000 words instead of 136,000 (150,000 at its true height).

It's getting obsessive. Jim has been helping, too, by reading each chapter as I finish it, and on Friday night, by tearing the poetry manuscript (The Walk She Takes) apart. I'm having some trouble facing putting it back together again. We'll see. Maybe I'm just tired. Or maybe having trouble switching gears from the novel.

We also made jam this weekend. Three batches, only two of which set. Anyone want some spiced apricot-raspberry syrup?

Things around here have also been kind of like this:

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Three cats! Together!Three cats! Together! Titus looks a little annoyed, but Sophia's relaxed and Atia's reading the news.


last week's thinking and doing § next week's thinking and doing


If you like electronic music, I highly recommend Glasser--an artist we ran across through Stereogum (her MySpace page; her blog).

She only has one downloadable ep available (and it's mostly remixes), but I really love it. She's got a strong voice (and can use it beautifully). The backgrounds are really creative and intriguing, which is kind of amazing, because apparently she does it all on Garageband.

There are several moments where she really sounds like Heather Duby, if you want a point of reference.

Obsessing on Glasser.

last week's listening § next week's listening


  • Jackson Pearce's young adult fantasy, As you Wish. A socially invisible girl gets three wishes--and a Djinn.
  • Courtney Summers' young adult novel, cracked up to be. An issue-based novel: why is a formerly perfectionist girl now trying to be a perfect mess?
  • Jim pointed out to me that I didn't have to finish Andromeda Klein, even if I was nearly halfway through and [if you haven't guessed already, I'm a really speedy reader] spending several days to get to that point. So I didn't. I regret to admit it was a relief to drop it through the library return slot. Sometimes I forget that just because other people love a book it doesn't mean I have to.
  • Rafe Martin's children's fantasy Birdwing. A nice fable-y fairy tale retelling about the youngest swan brother who is left with one swan's wing when his sister rescues them.
  • Diane Stanley's children's fantasy Bella at Midnight is a Cinderella retelling. Nicely imagined. Feisty heroine and interesting characters. for slightly younger readers.
last week's reading § next week's reading


Yes, damn, I'm writing. All the time, it feels like.

last week's writing § next week's writing

Retrospective: old journal

Not yet. I hope to get back to Scotland 1997 soon!

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