I usually don’t share work until it’s done. Again, I’m not sure why I’m suddenly doing this. Probably because I’m no longer teaching and feel the urge to speak. (Would a person’s larynx stop vibrating properly if he stopped speaking altogether?)
I’m writing the book by hand, which feels retro and satisfying and right. I highly recommend the purple Uni-ball Signo. That baby has flair. Not capital Flair.
One other new aspect of this project: I’m envisioning this as a YA novel, though I’m not quite sure how to articulate what that means. I haven’t lowered my standards; I haven’t substituted words that I believe might be difficult; I don’t think I’ll shy away from adult concerns and situations. I do envision the chapters being shorter; I do feel a greater sense of playfulness, maybe because I can envision former students reading this; and I have refrained from cussing, but this doesn’t feel like a restraint.
Let me know what you think! Thanks.