Notes in April 2019

In reading about writing, I’m dabbling in Benjamin Dreyer’s Dreyer’s English. For grammar-related stuff. When I’m feeling more crafty, I’m reading Carl H. Klaus’ book about creating a persona for non-fiction writers. (Review to come later this month.)

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 dipping into Bruce Handy’s Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult (2017).

And, in writing about reading, I am working on a review of Nilofar Shidmehr’s Divided Loyalties. Revisiting Marjane Satrapi and Azar Nafisi, along with some other Iranian short stories. And finalizing a creative essay on Ian Williams’ new novel Reproduction, which was a great excuse to reread his earlier books. (Both pieces will be published in a few weeks.)

April 3, 2019

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Soon enough the woods would begin to get dressed for spring.
Cherie Dimaline’s
The Marrow Thieves

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