Weekend reads and sabbatical soon...

A grey and steamy Friday here in Boston. And another few weeks without reviews -- shame on me! (Especially as I've sped through a number of great reads.) I'm going to try to catch up this weekend, but I find reviewing -- or at least, nailing down my thoughts on my reads -- a bit elusive these days. Exhausted is my new normal, and work is wildly crazy, and I just want to read if I have a few free moments.
A room of my own, from 2013
But...the second half of my sabbatical begins next Tuesday (!) and I can't wait. My goal is to write a second draft of my historical novel, and having finished my fabulous writing class with the equally fabulous Tim Weed, I feel better equipped to do so successfully.

So, for the next seven weeks, I plan to bang out about 10K words a week, and see if I don't end up with a slightly less embarrassing draft.

I'd really been putting off this second draft because, and I'm embarrassed to admit it, I wasn't sure exactly how one created another draft of something. In school, I was a first-draft-is-the-final-product kind of girl, but I know that's not the best work I do. In the writing class, I learned a few techniques and styles for rewriting a draft, and I've been doing tiny prep work in anticipation of really diving in. (If you're curious, I clumsily summarize my novel at the end of this interview with Lynn Cullen, after she asked about it.)

My reads this weekend are crazy ambitious, but in addition to writing, I hope to get a good chunk of reading done over sabbatical.

This morning I started Nuala O'Connor's Miss Emily and I know I'll finish it tonight -- it is that good, and that inhale-me-right-now readable. Yesterday I started Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me which is gripping, but a less zippy read.

What are you reading this weekend?

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  1. How exciting! Good luck on the next draft!

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  2. I'm reading Shall We Not Revenge by D.M. Pirrone, picked up at HNS2015. It's a murder mystery set amid the ruins of fire-razed Chicago in 1872.

    I've learned to embrace rewriting, as in quite literally re-writing each successive draft. Cutting & pasting doesn't work nearly as well. If I thought a scene in a previous draft was strong I might have it in the bottom pane (yay Scrivener!) but I still find the rewrite brings out new depths. Happy sabbatical!

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    1. Oooh, sounds awesome, Jane! Can't wait to read your thoughts.

      I'm doing the double pane in Scrivener, too! It was a real "ah ha" for me when I discovered how much I enjoy rewriting that way. Scenes got better, and sometimes changed! Really excited to see where my novel goes now.

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  3. I'm happy for you that you are writing your novel.

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  4. Good luck with your novel! I am reading "Bone Box" by Jay Amberg this weekend.

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  6. I know you can get that second draft out. I have Miss Emily too and cannot wait to start it.

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  7. Best of luck on the second draft.

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  8. Good luck on the second draft. You'll do it well, I'm sure. Good idea to keep reading during the time, too. I didn't read anything this weekend, but I'm back on track now and flipping through a couple of books.

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