I can't believe I haven't been here since February! But the good news is I did begin the novel I have been yakking about. I also want to thank all the people who wrote to me about their cutting experiences. Here's an update on the novel:
It's going to be shorter than The Shape of Water, which is 312 pages, and also shorter than Light Beneath Ferns. I'm not sure how long LBF is going to be since the galleys aren't here yet, but I do know that the story is going pretty fast.
The tentative title is Field and the goal is to write five pages a day and have a draft done by August.
What I've learned about cutting from all the anonymous comments on my blog and the longer stories you guys have sent to my email have proved to be invaluable "research" as it will help make the voice of the character that much more authentic.
As you guys have asked, I will keep you updated on my progress. And if you still want to add your comment here, please feel free to do that. As I read your stories, I understand something I knew nothing about a year ago.