Journal

April 2018 Wrap-Up

Writing:

Well that was another trip to revision land! The landscape is more familiar now, but it’s still  unsteady ground. While I’ve written a number of first novel drafts, I haven’t ever taken any one of them this far through revisions. Every draft is a learning experience, and I’m working on a better editing methodology as I go. The only way to get better at the process is to go through it from start to finish.

So I turned it in to my agent and after a short break, hmm… I guess its time to dive into revisions on the Beasty novel. So its more revision practice for me. Just what I wanted, right?

P.S. There’s now a link to my Pinterest page in the sidebar if you’re interested in novel aesthetics, research links, or you just want a taste of what I’m currently working on.

Wondering:

Before having a child, I had no idea how much we inherit from our ancestors. I expected the physical things: my nose, his eyelashes, but I didn’t expect the behaviors. The kiddo likes to rub her feet in circles to sooth herself, which my dad always teased me about when I was a kid. She likes to rub her lips against certain textures, which I used to do with my childhood blanket. She also takes great satisfaction in cutting papers and playdough into small pieces instead of building things, and this is 100% her dad.

How many traumas and traits get passed down over the generations? For better or worse our ancestors live on in us, yet the end result is a completely unique person. We all contain multitudes, and the sum of our parts is something unknowable.

Reading:

  • The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (MG)
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena (YA)
  • House of Binding Thorns by Aliette DeBodard

4 Comments

  1. Oh man, the inheritance wondering… Yes, here too. Every day I see things in IB that are so clearly me, or so clearly my husband, or so clearly my mother… It’s surreal. And it makes me wonder how much I’m *not* seeing that belongs to other people too. And yet of course, all of it belongs firmly, uniquely to IB as well.

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