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26 October 2009 @ 09:16 pm
Les Semaines October 25, 2009: 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:

Late tomatoes.

Three cats! Together! Titus looks a little nervous, but Sophia and Atia are reading the news.
amiable_catamiable_cat on October 27th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
I would like to take you up on this syrup deal.
Neile Grahamneile on October 28th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
You bet! What part of town are you in! I can't believe I haven't seen you yet.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on October 27th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Three cat rounds! That suggests that your summer is over, at least.
Neile Grahamneile on October 28th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
It has definitely cooled off in the last week, and we've had lots of rain.
pamrentz on October 28th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
I've got late tomatoes, too. Piles of them. I need to do some cooking creativity this weekend. I couldn't bring myself to pull the last plant, it was still producing new growth: crazy thing. I don't have hopes it's going to do much, though.