Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and bitterly cold

Last night, I read Margaret Frazier’s The Bishop’s Tale. It was well done, but saddened me. I figured out the identity of the murderer, but kept hoping I was wrong. I wanted this character to get a second chance and another character to go down instead. Oh, well. I enjoyed the read.

I polished a couple of short stories. I have to figure out where I think they’d be a good match. I also found an outline I wrote several years ago for a rather unusual Western. Although it’ll be awhile before I can add any new projects to the list, I was taken with the outline – there’s some good stuff in there – and I want to keep it handy.

Eight pages on Ransagh. I didn’t think Shawndor would join them this quickly, but he has, so we’ll see what that’s about. I could always move his entrance to a later spot in a future draft. But there he was, so I scooped him into the action.

I decided that I need a retreat weekend, and hope to give it to myself the second weekend of February. I don’t know whether or not I’ll go away or just hole up at home with the phones turned off and staying away from the computer. I will only write if I feel like it and spend most of my time reading or doing whatever catches my fancy. I need some renewal. I want to read Thomas Mallon’s new novel, The Bandbox (I love his writing), and possibly Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White. I’ll probably buy a third book for the weekend, but have no idea what yet. I looked in bookstores on Sunday, not buying yet, but just sorting through possibilities.

Today, I carry Carol Shields’s collection Dressing Up for the Carnival with me. She is one of my favorite authors. I was so saddened by her death that it’s taken me months to be able to pick up one of her books again.

Although she won the Pulitzer for The Stone Diaries, my favorite of hers is the first book of hers I read, Happenstance. I bought it in London, when I was enmeshed in a troubled relationship and feeling terribly lonely, as I usually did in that relationship. The book helped, and Shields felt like a friend to me.

I dread this week and feel guilty for dreading it.

I have errands to run and then want to get some work done on The Widow’s Chamber before I leave. Today is one of the 14 hour days at the theatre.



At 1:37 PM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

I am so intrigued by Ransagh! It sounds like a wonderful tale. :)


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