Don’t forget that How to be the Heroine of Your Own Story is on pre-order until 10 December. This is the best best best price at which it will ever be available, and I wouldn’t want you to miss it if you’re interested in taking the course.
Things I’ve (Gone and) Done
I’ve had 3 colds in 3 locations in 1 month, which may be a personal record, but one which I’m willing to forgo! I’ve also ridden in the front seat of an ambulance, and had much cause, once again, to admire and thank the NHS.
In the scant spare time I’ve had between nose-blowing and fangirling, I’ve almost finished the first draft of The (revised & greatly expanded) Female Correspondent. It’s been a new experience, working on a longer story, slowing down and really giving the characters a chance. Everything I’ve learnt through working on the Lady Writers League has come into play, and recently I’ve found it especially practical to use the concept of Stasis and Resolution characters when I need to introduce a minor character on the fly. This helps so much with fitting the character into the existing story, and giving them a sense of purpose, rather than creating a random person who I’ve hurriedly cobbled together from real life. Perhaps when I’m more experienced I won’t need the framework, but until then, I’m no Dickens!
I’ve also been consciously working on improving my depictions of characters’ thoughts and feelings. I’d like more subtlety and power. I don’t know if the objective-correlative/iceberg theory/cognitive bias ilk of techniques are the answer, but I think they’re a good start. My only worry is that it’s literary men making up these best practices, and I’m not sure how suited they are to a fairly feminine genre, or if there isn’t an underlying bias against expressing emotion, and if there is, what sort of implications that has. I think of myself as fairly unemotional (though not unfeeling!) and find myself drawn to characters with “quiet” minds, but I’m not sure this is a tendency I should encourage?
At any rate, I find that thinking about thinking has certainly made me think more. And that’s a good thing, I think.
Things I’ve Seen
Moths & Butterflies at Stratford Butterfly Farm
The Butterfly Farm is one of my favourite places to be. It’s the perfect temperature on a cold autumn morning, and the tropical greenhouse always reminds me of that scene in Angels and Insects, especially with so many frisky morphos around.
I was lucky enough to see a few of the gorgeous atlas moths, which only live for a few days. They are about a handspan in width but have no mouths!
I also found that butterflies make beautiful accessories…
… and that beneath their elegant wings, they have really funny expressions. Hi! :D
Yes, I’m one of those tourists! I paid my respects to the Bard, but not for one moment did I feel he was more present in his ornate resting-church than in his words.
I visited several other Shakespeare spots last month, and I’ll be posting a literary walk around Stratford-upon-Avon soon.