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going away and writing – does it work?

Mostly yes. The way I think about it is: If I had been here at home struggling with my manuscript, I would have gotten much, much less done. Four days without internet was seriously pushing the boundaries…urg. Still, it takes … Continue reading

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fairy godmothers are the best

I promised I would keep you updated re VP’s feedback on my re-drafted first chapter, and boy am I happy to do so! As always, am not sure how much of other people’s letters I can post here, but let’s … Continue reading

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re-drafting

just sent Valerie Parv/fairygodmother the new draft of my first chapter and I am…nervous. Redrafting and re-imagining something that you’ve already written is not easy. And it brings the risk factor in all over again. Some of the things I’ve … Continue reading

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kill your darlings

some writerly person (Hemingway?) said that about the process of cutting brilliant pieces of writing, for the sake of the whole. Tonight, I started to see what it means. Me and Catherine drank tea and brainstormed ideas from what Valerie Parv/fairy godmother … Continue reading

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So I met Valerie Parv the other day, my mentor extraordinaire/fairy godmother for the next year. It’s quite an experience getting your novel critiqued by a pro. Humbling, terrifying and exciting. I glimpsed the novel it could be, which I … Continue reading

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meeting the fairy godmother

I get to meet Valerie Parv/fairy godmother next week – yay! Some things to ask: 1. Could Borris ever work as a hero’s first name? 2. So my manuscript’s pretty much perfect, right? 3. Should I call, er, you know: … Continue reading

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a BIG piece of good news

Last Saturday I came home just before midnight after a very long day investigating how I live through my communication. I found special k just where I most expected him to be: lying splat asleep on the couch, with a … Continue reading

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