Notes in November 2018

This month, in reading about writing, I’ve just finished reading Startle and Illuminate, compiled by Anne Giardini and Nicholas Giardini from Carol Shields’ personal and archived papers.  Also, in Mid-October, I posted my thoughts about John McPhee’s Draft No. 4 (2017).

In writing about writing, I continue making notes about my experience juggling the voices of seven characters, as I sink into approach the final stages of revising a book-length manuscript. Which aren’t so final, as I am still discovering layers of characterization to solidify those voices.

In reading about reading, I am revisiting Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night (2006).

And, in writing about reading, I have recently finished a review of Lauren B. Davis’ sixth novel, The Grimoire of Kensington Market, which considers the work in the context of her oeuvre (2 story collections and 5 other novels). Spoiler: it’s a great read and the writing is top-notch.

November 1, 2018


  “I love the fall. It’s the time of year I have well-being, hope, even a kind of intoxication.”
James Salter to Robert Phelps Sept10, 1975

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