I love the smell of books, the feel of them in my hands. I can turn pages back to a great turn of phrase or idea I marked with a satin ribbon.
Ψ 2022 April 30 Tattlings Update
Dear visitors and followers,
This last month I’ve been busy tweaking my synopsis and several chapters of my manuscript. Also I’ve been rearranging my writing room, that is, my Scribbly Den ready for moving back in for winter writing.
Something kept tapping in my head which set me to give my full manuscript to Carole, my beta-reader of earlier “first 50 pages”. At first Carole said she didn’t really like the main character because of her annoyance when two old friends show up. Reading on however, yesterday Carol reported of understanding the character’s annoyance. Over late-lunch, coffee, Chardonnay and Tatachilla Pinot Grigio we talked for many hours about books, people and my manuscript.
I’m so pleased with Carole’s comment and thought: that’s pretty cool for a reader to change her mind about the main character.
Word Count: 113,278
Other efforts this month have been focused on learning the ropes of Twitter. Yes I’ve done it. I’ve started to tweet. It’s set up of course regarding A Greek Matinée – the tag is @agreekmatinee
Within a month I scored 152 followers. Not 15k? you quiver with laughter. That’s right. I don’t bulk Follow. I first look at the profile of a would-be Follower and some of their posts before deciding whether to Follow. Do I hear a wee voice saying, She’s selective…? May be so.
I’m tickled that so many people have shown interest by Likes and Following. Thank you all, and thankyou to my loyal Followers here on my webpage.
Tweeting, Twittering and checking out stuff has been an interesting exercise. I’ve learnt curious things about quite a variety of things and seen some wonderful photographs, read lengthy articles and participated in small conversations. I’ve also had to block one person. Parents take note. Please be aware what your children may be exposed to.
Overall Tweeting can be helpful for a writer from tips for beginners through to moral support and insight into the publishing industry. And it gets your name “out there”, an important aspect for a writer.
Books I’ve bought this month:
Panthers and the Museum of Fire by Jen Craig
Flâneuse by Lauren Elkin
Grey Bees by Andrey Kurov
Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky translated from Russian by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.
(The last three came to my attention only through Twitter.)
Although I’ve had very little time to spare this month, unable to resist, I started reading Grey Bees by Ukraine Andrey Kurkov (first published 2018 in Russian; English 2021 with Foreword 2020). Could have been 2022. Today. The cover says “surprisingly funny”. I don’t. Yet (I’m 1/2 through). The only two characters left in village are touching.
Because I read the Foreword online before, I skipped it. Chapter 1 I thought, ‘that was mighty quick to get published.’ Datecheck: 2018. Not 2022. Forgot background. As now, Putin causing trauma. Since 2014.
Grey Bees is a wonderful book and reminds me of The Day Lasts More Than A Hundred Years By Kyrgyz author Chinghiz Aitmatov.
Oh, dear, earlier this April thoughts kept gnashing in my head, my pencil mark-making on paper. My feathers were ruffled. I thought: I’ve gotta stop this. It’s not the time to start my next manuscript. A Greek Matinée must be my focus. What say thee?
∴ PI Restart
∴ PII The Romance
∴ PIV A Writer’s Prescription
∴ PV Surprise Discovery
∴ PVI Clicks