or, why can't I seem to put "finis' on Emma?
The Read: Finished Jane Haddam's Living Witness and felt disappointed -- even with Demarkian and Bennis getting married in the epilogue. (Being a fan makes you think/do strange things sometimes. Like stare at your overstuffed bookshelves and wondering if the first Demarkian novel where Gregor meets Bennis, in the midst of solving a murder, is somewhere behind the Anita Blake books.)
Why disappointed? Well, for one thing, I didn't guess the culprit soon enough ... or the motive. Part of this was because I don't think Haddam gave enough clues -- or maybe, buried the clues in the polemics, and I missed them when I scanned. We got the message that a sizable part of the population was against the secular humanists taking "God" out of the schools in the prologue. -- I put "god" in quotes, because even the various Protestant sects can't decide on one interpretation of "god". And, I don't even want to get into the goddess or hermaphrodite arguments. -- I didn't think Haddam needed to spend such a huge amount of space repeating the same arguments over and over again. What's wrong with a 300 page book?
Overall, I found the book a reminder to keep it sweet (or sour) and simple. Less sometimes really is more.
Progress: I think I'm going to get to the end over Emma's everlasting revisions. I'm somewhere in the middle of "20s" chapters out of 33, I think. Actually, it's going really fast (except when I think about Maren). I even have a new query to send out ... with an emphasis on emotions rather than plot. We'll see what happens when I send out another batch of queries.
So far, no one seems to responding to any of my submissions, and I can't do status queries until March.
Maren. I've got a weird opening started. I like it, and that worries me. Whatever, I signed up for a critique class (sponsored by the Northern Colorado Writers) taught by Victoria Hanley, a young adult fantasy writer. First I thought I'd learn more about doing useful critiques -- since I noticed my comments seem to get stuck in a pattern.
Now, I'm glad I did because I have some new writing to play with. There are three people signed up so far so I'm looking forward to some really good discussion.
Trivia: We are going out for lunch to amuse the old man -- Thai curry.
Yesterday, I went to the Northern Colorado Writers coffee where we discussed time management and social media at length.
Tonight, I'm going to my lackadaisical critique group. I don't mean this as a put down, but it consists of women who have a lot of stuff going on in their lives, like the deaths of a parent and husband. It's more they think submitting four pages is a big deal.