July 15th, 2007


Sitting on the Mountainside

Whoot, a day free for working - got four crits, a homework assignment, and my 2nd week submission to get through today.  Memories of the real world are receeding - surely I've always been here on the mountainside in a blur of crits and wrestling with prose. 

I have figured out the middlemost big scene of the novel, in one of those SHAZAM OF COURSE THAT'S HOW IT SHOULD BE moments, which is a tremendous relief, because I was starting to doubt that I had a middlemost big scene.  Today, I need to go through my submission to work on 1) suspense and stakes raising and 2) sentence-level stuff. Hopefully I can throw in a pinch of dramatic irony here and there too.

George R. R. Martin's visit yesterday was terrific - he talked about the purpose of fiction as well as some (depressing) industry news. Lots of funny stories and interesting insights. Afterwards we all caravaned down to Taos for splendid food. 

The sun is shining and from where I'm sitting, I can see a sweep of pines and aspens and mountainside. Time to work.