So it's time to "get back to the drawing board" -- or in my case, the carpet! I do some of my best story planning on the pink and green and red and blue and yellow carpet in my littleoffice in Montreal.
I'm officially about halfway through the new manuscript and I think I "likey"!! (I think writers can never be sure about their own work -- it's like having a baby, you can't be objective about your own creation!! Is he handsome or does he look like a little bald man?) Anyway, I need to take some big steps back before I can move ahead into the second half of this manuscript.
So here's my plan for today: I'm going to settle down on the carpet with all my notes (Hilroy pages and torn scraps and old napkins...) and figure out how to GET HOME. Because that is what this part of the process feels like: I've been on a journey, I took some new roads, and now well, I need to plan how to reach my final destination. And when I get there, I know already that it's going to feel like HOME.
So that's it for today's blog entry. I've got notes to read and a carpet to see! Haven't had comments from you blog readers out there for a while -- so don't be shy, send me a note. I'd love it.
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Hey "MMarion", I LOVE HEARING FROM FORMER STUDENTS. And you have a daughter, now! How great! Yes, you must also do what you love to do. But you are so lucky to be raising a child and reading her Alice -- even if I scarred you for life with that Freudian interpretation. Stay in touch. Best regards from Monique
Just wanted to say I just figured out who the Monique is who wrote the first comment on this blog entry (don't want you to think I spend my days writing comments to myself)! I only had one student in all my years of teaching who was named Monique, too. And it's her! Very fun!