Last week was rough on an illness front. This week has featured an abundance of work and quasi-work obligations. I’m looking forward to the weekend!
Some good stuff this week:
I love me some Jessica Lange. This article says she’s Minnesota’s greatest actor. I concur.
Some non-traditional ways to land an agent and a book deal. I’ve heard of Pitch Wars and recently had good luck pitching at a writer’s conference – this is some good advice for people to get above the slog of email queries received by agents.
I just discovered George Saunders. Holy hell.
Listening: Tired of hearing about Lord Huron yet? Fine. I also listen to a lot of Gregory Ivan Isakov and Iron and Wine during my work day.
Reading: I read “The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty in one night. Yeah … don’t recommend that if one wants to have a restful night of sleep. But man – it was good. I can see why it has stood the test of time (40+ years after its release.) Also reading George Saunders’ “Tenth of December,” a collection of his short stories. <– Incredible.
Fiction Update: Working on my short story. My submission is limited to 4,000 words, so you’d think that would be easy. Not so much. Right now, I have about 1,700 words and 2,000 in notes / fragments in my manuscript. The main character is tricky. The narrative feels too linear (i.e. – the detective ushered him into a conference room. The man took a seat in a too-small chair. He waited.), but you can’t edit something that isn’t written, so I’m letting the spool unwind and will slice and dice to make something that’s more palatable to the reader.