Novel writing update
I am still writing my novel Among the Birches. It is nearing its end, and since I never had a plan for it to begin with, its closing is unfolding to me just as strangely as it may to a reader. (I just hope that it isn’t a droll, cliched ending, though indeed it likely is… Ending is hard! Telling a story itself is easy.) I hope to have it done in a week or so.
That is all.
geeksaurusrex asked: Kristen, why must you post such sad things? WAAAAH. :(
It make’ah me cry, too.
But, in seriousness, I post sad things sometimes because I think with the way the world is, it is better to have certain sorts of sorrow— like losing a person you loved more than it seems you could— than not (never having anyone to love that much or anyone love you that much). Before I went to bed last night, I thought about how terrible it would be to have a person I loved so much die before me (as if death weren’t inevitable), and about the unbearable pain that must follow that. But then I thought about how deep a regret I’d have if I were dying and had the time for regrets that I never did love someone wholly.
These are so cool. Absolute classics reprinted pulp-style. See the rest at www.pulptheclassics.com. (Thanks to ShortList).
We’ll stick with our black spines, but A+ for spicing up the classics. Wouldn’t it be a cool thought-experiment to mix these in with a bunch of romance novels at an airport book store and see what happens?
I don’t like the Wuthering heights one! but cool!
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
On the 60th Anniversary of Nabokov’s controversial, sublime masterpiece, find more complicated protagonists and beautiful language in these…
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann for a writer’s escalating obsession with a young boy
She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir for an existential story of hedonism and desire
Tampa by Alissa Nutting for a modern reversal of Lolita, with a female narrator seducing a young teenage boy
The Round House by Louise Erdich for coming of age against a dark backdrop of family secrets and violence
(for thesaharaofbraindust, twatmakesyoubeautiful & homeboundace)
I am interested now in all of these.
My first gift for the Prius— a balsam fir scented air freshener!
When vegetarians at your school “like” a post on Facebook by a weird, local-meat obsessed student that the school’s meat hens have started laying and “hopefully we’ll be eating [the new chicks] soon!”
I have an interview at Macy’s.
I HAVE AN INTERVIEW.
Please, oh please, let me get it…
And also, a man is supposed to come buy my scooter and I sure hope he does. I need to pay back my parents the money they lent me.
What do you do when…
Your boyfriend’s parents suddenly seem to hate you?
(And in a way you are honestly not sure why but are afraid to actually know…)