Saturday, September 29, 2007

earning my MFL

I feel the terror of idleness, like a red thirst.—Mary Oliver, from “The Deer”

It’s a bit tricky for the workaholic in me to let up. (As faithful readers of this blog probably realize…) I list, goal, and plan myself to death. I think it’s out of fear, though. Especially last year—I was afraid that I might see this writing stint as one gloriously long summer vacation. And then slip into idleness… sleeping in, slouching around, forgetting to put words on paper.


Posted by Jenn Langefeld on 09/29 at 02:15 PM
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

something rewritten this way comes

No language stands still.—Chicago Manual of Style

By the end of last week, my draft stood at 26,631 words—roughly a fourth of the book. ...And then on Monday, I lopped off a few thousand words—over two chapters!—and am rewriting yet again. I feel like this goes against all the writing advice I’ve received: aren’t you supposed to press on, get to the end, and then turn around and rework it?


Posted by Jenn Langefeld on 09/19 at 10:46 PM
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Friday, September 07, 2007

there and back again

The distance is nothing, when one has a motive.—Jane Austen

And so I’m back from a whirlwind week—my grand tour. Up to Gaylord, Michigan and then down to Nashville, Tennessee, and two days ago, back home. By the end of it, I felt like I had truly seen a chunk of the Midwest—the dried cornfields through Illinois, lakes and pines in Michigan, and the dark hills of Kentucky and Tennessee.

trying to catch a picture of the fields


Posted by Jenn Langefeld on 09/07 at 05:07 PM
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