Sticky pictures

For a few years now I've thought about writing a biography or historical fiction. I consider who I might research, who I might write about or develop a story about, and eventually set it aside. Next book, I think. But who? I recently read Penelope Fitzgerald's The Blue Flower, a novel about the poet Novalis--or rather … Continue reading Sticky pictures

The Queen with shock and awe

I recently finished Victoria, A Life, by A.N. Wilson. The first biography of Queen Victoria I'd read, I found it full of jaw-dropping surprises. She was not at all what I expected--only her taste in interior decoration fit the stereotype. More than a long-serving monarch and the Widow of Windsor, she was a fascinating personality … Continue reading The Queen with shock and awe

You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backwards. James Thurber

Yesterday I received a very pleasant query decline from an agent's intern. To date I've had "not right for our list," declines [as well as other types of positive responses] so this one, which made a comment I didn't understand, and may even disagree with, gave me pause. I wondered if some rewriting was in order. Not wanting to … Continue reading You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backwards. James Thurber