News: two Bywater books are finalists for awards at the GCLS conference, one of them mine. Miss McGhee is shortlisted for the Ann Bannon Popular Choice award.
I just sent off the final, revised for the last time, ms of What's Best for Jane. A writer friend had the temerity to inquire "How goes the novel?" My answer:The novel. The novel. That thing which was once, in my head, such a lovely, sweet tale. It is now a thing of possession, of poison, of late nights and early mornings. Much woe and hand wringing, wondering how long it has been since I thought writing was fun, an avocation, not a thing spawned of the devil and Kelly Smith. To quote an old song, I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then. A little learning is a dangerous thing. When I didn't know anything at all about writing, I could write. Now that I know a little something, the damn thing tries to keep me up at night. Now we see through a glass darkly. . . and I wish I still did see darkly, dimly, what it is I'm trying to do. To answer your question, I sent the revised ms off to Kelly, and now I am free. I told her I wanted to write a short, sweet book before I begin a long, dark tome. It's the short and sweet that's killing me. It will be a pleasure to return to the dark and gloomy, dimly seen and barely understood.