Sunday, 24 May 2009

A Postcard from Hiati

The weather is lovely!


I have been quiet a little longer than planned. But the experiment has proven that, in the case of this novice novelist, less time online results in an increased production of fiction.

In other words, the writing is going really, really well. At the moment, I’m busy with further ‘tweaks’ of the novel I now realise will never be ‘finished’ until it is a) published, or b) shelved.

I’m not quite sure when I will return to more regular blogging, but I’ve just signed up to Twitter! And because any funny, cool, cute, or even vaguely acceptable plays on Mary are already taken ... I am using my real, full name. (I feel so brave!)

In reading news:

A novel I had been meaning to read for ages but only recently got round to is A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. It completely blew me away! It is the story of a ghost who falls in love, possessing a living body in order to be with her lover. It is unique, and beautifully written.

Continuing the spectral theme...

I am just over halfway through Katie Alender’s debut novel, Bad Girls Don’t Die. It is a gripping YA thriller, and yes, I did have to sleep with the light on after one particularly creepy moment. Katie has a gift for characterisation, and the protagonist’s scary little sister is especially well drawn.

9 comments:

Whirlochre said...

Glad to hear your foray into the coconut wilderness has borne fruit.

Twitter, btw, is the most peculiarly disturbing waste of time this side of stalking guys with maths degrees who know the precise rate at which every known brand of gloss paint dries.

But it's an odd form of occasional fun, I suppose.

Natalie L. Sin said...

I just saw you following me on Twitter! Welcome back to the electronic world : )

Mary said...

Whirl - Recalling my days as a maths dept. groupie, I realise you are right about Twitter.

Too much time hunched over a portable desalination unit -- hoping against HOPE it would finally work -- must have tipped me over the coconut.


Natalie - It feels great to be back in civilisation! I think I made it just in time. :)

Catherine J Gardner said...

Welcome back, Mary.

Mary said...

Thanks Cate. :)

laughingwolf said...

of course you meant 'haiti'?

Mary said...

LW - Hiati as derived from hiatus. Which of course sounds like Haiti, and that’s the joke. Credit for which belongs to our dear friend, Whirlochre. :)

laughingwolf said...

ah, ok... thx for that :)

Mary said...

Whoops! I meant to say “sounds similar to Haiti”, not “sounds like”. :-/