Notes in July 2019

In reading about writing, I’m engrossed in Natalie Babbitt’s Barking with the Big Dogs: On Writing and Reading Books for Children. Collected from 1970 to 2004, these are mostly speeches delivered to other literary folks. Not only is what she has to say about writing of interest, but it’s inspired me to request all the books of hers which I haven’t yet read.

In writing about writing, I continue making notes about my experience juggling the voices of seven characters, as I sink into approach the final stages of revising a book-length manuscript. Which aren’t so final, as I am still discovering layers of characterization to solidify those voices.

In reading about reading, I have been enjoying the Summer 2019 issue of World Literature Today, which has a focus on cli-fi (and its usual awesome interviews, reviews and recommendations). It sounds like hyperbole, but I want to add nearly every book they cover to my TBR.

And, in writing about reading, I have been working on a series of essays inspired by rereading books that I loved (and didn’t) when I was a girl: Revisiting. Like this one about Harriet the Spy. (There are a lot of ads embedded in the article, but their revenue contributes directly to writers.)

July 10, 2019

“It was midsummer then, as it is now as I am writing. The most magnificent time of the year had arrived.”
Selma Lagerlof’s
Saga of Gosta Berling

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