I feel like I’m treading water with my novel. There are some transition sections that require drafting. It’s like swimming pool-laps while editing the drafted chapters and then finding myself in the middle of “What Happens Now?!” Ocean.
So, instead I’m enjoying word-play while writing my poetry in the morning and afternoon between reading sessions, which is akin to jumping in, splashing around for three-to-four-poem stints, and then soaking in the rays.
(This is truly a symbolic picture because there is still plenty of snow on the ground from last week’s blizzard. Any sunshine I am getting is reflected off the snow drifts while I sit in my cozy chair.)
Just keep swimming (a.k.a. writing), everyone!
I loved the historical perspective about the Dutch art world in The Girls with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. The first-person narrative was especially effective in conveying the possible story behind Vermeer’s painting. Highly recommended!
The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie tells a saga through the history of the Singer sewing machine to connect her characters. It is an intriguing, well-told, clean story that can be recommended to anyone. Another interesting fact about the book is that it is published by Unbound, “a crowdfunded publisher.” Check them out!
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn connects characters from both World Wars with historical integrity and fascinating fiction. This is a must-read for anyone interested in women’s roles during wartime and what they risked to save lives including their own.
Finding the key is only the beginning to unlocking the compelling story of these in-depth characters. I can’t wait to read more of Hughs’ books!