Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Slacking, But Not

Slacking on the blog means lots of novel-writing, so I'm sorry, but not.


Holy cow--I'm on page 64 of my teen poetry novel. It's taken me up and run away with my brain. I wasn't going to work on this yet. And I thought I only liked fantasy, but I find I'm dealing with stuff like depression and rejection and physical abuse and it feels like a perfectly natural seque from fantasy-writing. Who knew? The worst part: sending this one out will be like walking onto a swimming pool deck in nothing but my flip-flops. We'll see if I can do it.

Hepzibah revisions--up to page 157. Going quickly, but I keep getting distracted by the novel in verse. Luckily, I'm not sure where I'm going next with that, so I'm back into revisions full time again.


  1. Congratulations, Elena! It doesn't surprise me at all that you'd be excellent at poetry seeing as how your words are so beautiful. Very, very happy for you!

  2. Yeah for Hepzibah and yeah for your novel in verse. I envy your productivity, but I can't wait to read them.

  3. This is so interesting Elena! I can't wait to find out more about this fascinating story of yours! Good luck and enjoy the journey!

  4. Congratulations.

    Walking on a pool deck with nothing but flip-flops, lol I so get that. You're brilliant so I'm sure it will be amazing.

    Excited to hear more.

  5. Happy Birthday, Elena! I hope you are having a great day!
    I am also looking forward to Saturday. It should be a nice day, just a little cold. Are you still in? What about Matt? Karl is just going to come watch with the kids. No swim+little running=no desire to do a triathlon. Are your kids coming?

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