Signed up once again for National Novel Writing Month. Am full aware that this signing up has no chance of resulting in a brand-new 50K-word novel, but am hopeful that it will help motivate me to add substantial chunks to one or more existing novels.
(In case you can’t tell, The Book is giving me fits again. I’m thinking it may need to be knocked off its pedestal for a while so I can dwell on other, potentially easier to write projects. Like the unnamed changeling story… that one’s pretty fun.)
Also: yesterday I bought–and read in full by bedtime–Graham Joyce’s The Facts of Life. A wonderful novel, inexplicably shelved in the fantasy section despite having little in the way of fantastical element (yeah, there are ghosts… but where aren’t there ghosts?), proving once again that it’s a rare and precious male author who can write female characters well. The blurb on the back, though, is wholly misleading. It makes it sound as though the book is the story of a young boy growing up in a crazy spirit-touched family, which it is, in part; but there’s no single outstanding protagonist, and the boy is in large part a foil for the complex family dynamics going on around him. The book is also the story of Joyce’s hometown of Coventry, its destruction in the Blitz and its by-half-measures and ultimately unfulfilling rebuilding. The city itself serves as a metaphor for the family at the heart of the story, torn apart and changed by war yet firmly resilient in the face of destruction and shifting moral values. Awesome book (and winner of the 2003 World Fantasy Award… rock on, Graham!), super-highly recommended.
Also also: while Karan was here last week, she helped me (well, she forced me just a little bit) to completely reorganize and re-store all my stamps. Which resulted in me making some cards the other day, for the first time since we moved; which resulted in my feeling happy, creatively satisfied and motivated to make more cards. Thanks, Karan! You rock! (And Jim says he’s going to put up my shelves today, perhaps. We shall see.)