2. I'm reading Swamplandia by Karen Russell and though I'm digesting it in small bites, I love how she describes the flora and fauna of swamp ecology and blends in historical swamp tackling facts. She's sort of a literary Carl Hiaasen with a magical realism bent. Reading adult books seems to be the way I'm working this revision.
3. Today is sassy hair day and, no, I doubt I'll do anything crazy different. I'm comfortable with my "do" but my stylist, Frankie Bolt, is also a writer and currently enrolled at VCFA and it's great to chat writing while taking my cure for the grey.
4. School starts next Wednesday, which is later than it ever has, hallelujah. Students don't return until the 19th but I'm feeling behind the eight ball this school year. Why?
5. Revision, that's why! I'm still tackling my second edit letter but the finish line is in sight. Amber's story is completely the same (girl has dreams of leaving small town, finds out about high school to study vocals, falls for her best friend's brother, gets mixed up in her brother-in-law's illegal business, risks her dreams) and completely different. I've added entire new chapters, deleted scenes I never thought would leave, lost characters, and honed, honed, honed. Hopefully, once I'm out of the thicket I can write a post about the intensity of Big 5 revision. This business is not for people who think their words are precious. New motto: Words are cheap. If they don't work, lose them and move on. (I liken it to shooting with film - I think the standard was one decent shot out of a roll of 36 images)
That's my five. How are you?