19 September, 2010

I'm back...

...from time at the beach, up the country and visiting family. While I was away I finished one short story, realised that the back end of another needed chopping off and rewriting, and eyed another drafted one from an amiable distance.

I also received an email from my two wonderful editors at Allen & Unwin, with extensive-but-not-frighteningly-so notes on The Brides of Rollrock Island (possibly not to be called that any longer, but we'll see—bloody titles...). And when I got home, an annotated MS was waiting, along with 5 pages from my Knopf editor, who is also wonderful and full of very useful suggestions. The upshot of it all is that the novel starts and ends well, but needs a bit of surgery in the middle. Which I'll have to conduct while juggling the remaining umpteen short stories due in the next four-and-a-bit months. It'll require some close scheduling.*scowls at diary*


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