An hibernal dawn this morning, a porcelain sky, and I hear the birds hidden in the green of new leaves. Having set aside A Lamentation of Swans, at least for the rest of March, I’ve revised this month’s objectives:
Read-through and review of the November novel, Silk River. I completed the first read-through. Now in the “what I have, what I need” phase. I enjoyed the read-through, was surprised by the humor and the liveliness of the characters. Considering the pressure under which it was written, the novel is full of surprises of character and action. It needs a lot of work still; the narrative is inconsistent, the point of view vague, the action episodic, but the characters are great, and the story has good bones.
Prepare for writing a novella in April. . Michelle sent me the link for the Black Orchid Novella Award, a contest sponsored by the Nero Wolfe Society. It has to be an original mystery, “traditional” in flavor, and entries must be 15,000-20,000 words. The deadline is May 31, 2007.
Read Chapters 9 – 12 of The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte
Continue work on Swanology
Actually the only difference is adding the novella project and deleting A Lamentation of Swans.