Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Revisiting the Past

I'm not generally someone who looks back, but sometimes it's unavoidable. At present the impetus to revisit the past comes from the need to make revisions to Pelzmantel that my editor has suggested. I must admit I winced a bit at the thought of having to look at something I wrote so long ago; would it be too painful?

Fortunately, it's not. My editor has pointed to a number of useful improvements which will definitely strengthen the story, but it remains something of which I can be proud. I know it will be a frustrating process because I am impatient with things that I consider "done" but it's also true that this will be a much better and more engaging story. Not that it was bad before -- I am still proud of this tale penned while I was writing my dissertation (and got done first, too!). However, I am a much better writer now that I was then.

Kind of give you hope, right? It's good to know that improvement happens.

Hectic times: not only is the semester drawing to a close (not quite counting the hours, but definitely the days) but there are a number of administrative things I have to attend to while juggling all the writing, grading and revisions needed before the end of the month. Somehow it will all get done, my ever present mantra. Let us repeat it together.

5 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Loved WIXEY. Thanks for pointing me to it. A perfect flash story-actually inspiring. Still need to read the other but we will always have WIXEY.

K. A. Laity said...

LOL -- thanks! I wonder how many stories (apart from the obvious like Small World) MLA and its counterpart conferences have inspired. Hee.

Bridgett said...

I love the woman in the Georgiana Spencer hat -- is it her or just a rival who liked the Devonshire look? Not very medieval, though....

K. A. Laity said...

It's Gainsborough's portrait of the actor Sarah Siddons (a familiar name to All About Eve fans). I have Regency on the brain as I happened on an obscure Georgette Heyer title in a used bookstore in Las Cruces and devoured it on the flight back.

Bridgett said...

That explains why it looks like the Gainsborough portrait of the Bad Duchess. She is more familiar to me as a really famous Lady MacBeth and as Fanny Kemble's aunt.