I have always loved this story. Hopefully I can work it into something new and romantic … The Wild Swans
Throughout October, Untreed Reads is promoting some Uncial Press ebooks – including mine – as part of their Treat of the Week promotion. Titles will be 50% off the normal price for the week they feature.
A Glimmer of Guile, by Mary Patterson Thornburg, is the first Uncial title featured, from 5th October to 11th October. Click on the link below.
Untreed Reads is a great site for authors, readers and friends to check out and buy the latest books, and read and post reviews. Ebooks are available in various formats to suit most devices, and they also publish paper versions of some books. Well worth adding to the avid reader’s browsing list.
The King’s Gift is featuring from 26th October to 1st November. I’ll be posting updates each week of the promotion.
Lazy writer … backspace and correct, that should be lady writer. But maybe the fingers did the walking correctly the first time.
For ten years I wrote a semi-regular column in a local newspaper. Even though I knew the deadlines a year in advance, and only 800 words were required, I still would be frantically banging it out at the last minute and even occasionally begging for a day longer to submit.
It is always quite comforting in a naughty way to read a similar confession from A LOT of writers. As with misery, laziness likes company! I think we all love daydreaming and working up plots in our heads; but the physical discipline of sitting down and moulding those daydreams into a 50,000+ word narrative is a challenge that many of us just won’t rise to. Or begin but don’t finish. Or get through the first write, but don’t ever go back to knock it into better shape.
It’s why writing is called a craft I suppose. We are making something new from a plan we imagined, in the same way a builder makes concrete the idea of a client. Together they make an overall plan, a picture of the finished product. But then the builder has to break it down into do-able chunks. All the tasks must be scheduled the materials there ready to be worked with. Progress has to be checked regularly on site, and necessary changes made on the way, so the building will stand firm and be everything the client wants it to be. If there is a problem with the original plan or the client wants changes adjustments must be made to incorporate the changes.
In short, it is work, albeit stimulating and compelling work. Writers of first books are their own client, builder, tradies … we must initially be jacks of all trades in our aspiration to be master of one.
We in Perth often whinge about the two and sometimes three hour time difference between Perth and the Eastern States of Australia. It seems every business in the world works on Sydney time in matters Australian. But I have discovered a reason to love this phenomenon.
I picked up my kindle to read a bit last night AND IT WAS THERE. Yes, dear reader, I confess. I pre-ordered my own book. So by 10.30pm, (midnight EST) my book and Pat Dusenbury’s had downloaded onto my kindle.
Indescribable elation to see it there looking back at me from the screen. My husband and daughter who designed the cover were right, that cover picture works perfectly in greyscale.
Can you bear the suspense of wondering – did she or didn’t she read her own book again?
Of course she did!
Yours is next on the reading list, Pat.