bits and pieces
When you don’t have anything newsworthy or noteworthy to post about, just ramble.
I mentioned last week that I’d intended to go to a reading at a bookstore in a nearby college town. And I was all set to go, only hours away from making the (less-than-an-hour) drive when I mentioned it to a man I ran into. He happened to be a graduate of that college, and it also happened that that evening was a basketball game at that college against their rival team of the last one hundred-plus years. He said that even if the home team lost, the thriving commercial strip in the town would be thronged with people. And if the home team won, it would be much more intense. And parking? Forget about it! As I’m sure you’ve guessed, we did not go to that reading. It gave us an evening at home, and we subsequently learned that the home team did win, so madness evidently ensued. I haven’t checked, but I wonder if the bookstore even held the reading after all.
There is a launch party for a new novelist at The Writer’s Place on a coming Sunday afternoon. I’m now targeting that for the writerly hob-knobbing I’m after.
To be honest, I don’t know just what cut I made in the Amazon contest. I said last week that I’m a semi-finalist, but as I’ve read the rules there again, that’s apparently not the right term. Suffice to say that I’ve made the first cut (and I’m holding no illusions about needing to know any more terms).
I’ve decided that I’m not going to incorporate the backstory for one of my characters in Finnegans Deciphered. I visited several of the chapters where it would have been addressed and tried shoe-horning it in, but it felt unnecessary. And I think it added too much baggage to the story.
What this means is that I’m that much closer to having the novel “finished.” I’m actually starting to fret over how I might write a query for it.