Friday, March 19, 2010


24 DAYS TO GO!!!!!!!!
I've always thought it peculiar that Harper Lee only wrote one book. Mind you, it's brilliant, but it's strange that after To Kill a Mockingbird she stopped. I can't stop. As much as I love The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, the first thing I do when I finish a draft of one novel is start another one. I have a book, some 500 pages, sitting on a shelf in my office. It will never see the light of day because as I wrote it, I tried as hard as I could to write how I thought I was supposed to write. (As if there's such a thing!) I tried to write from point A to point B, and I don't write that way.

Bits and pieces of that shelved book went into my most recent text, All Things Beautiful. As a matter of fact, I am finishing ATB's umpteenth rewrite this weekend. I have written the "two" climactic chapters (you know me... nothing is terribly linear, don't like straight lines so much... need more than one climax...) so I think the rest of the book should be like cake. The last chapter will be the frosting. Take my time, whip up the perfect texture and lay it on thick, but not too thick.

Wish me luck. And if anyone knows why Harper Lee only wrote one book, explain it to me.

XXOO *Above: My sister and I in our matching Easter dresses, Holiday City, NJ; my mom made most of our clothes, but the matching Easter dresses were the best.

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