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The Casual Vacancy, Part 2

Well, I finished it.

I about vomited at the end.  Instead, I curled up and cried for half an hour.  I actually threw the book across the room when I finished it.  Totally threw it, chucked it against a wall …

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The Casual Vacancy

I am a Harry Potter fan.

That’s an understatement, and I’ll get into just what an understatement that is on another day. 

The point is, I got J.K. Rowling’s new book in the mail yesterday.  I avoided all press about …

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This is your brain on jumper cables.

In his book On Writing, Stephen King talks about the time he spent teaching, and how hard it was to write after coming home from that job.  He says that “by most Friday afternoons I felt as if

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390

9 pages.  2,700 words.  Blood from a stone.…

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399

I’ve got the book down to 399 pages.  It was 435 pages, when I started cutting.  I managed to cut the length of a couple of chapters, and I’m proud of this effort, though I know it’s not enough.  399 …

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The Cutting-Room Floor

I have heard nothing more about the status of my book.  Life has gone on, full as ever, but I feel like I’ve hit ctrl-A on my entire existence and underlined it with waiting.

The waiting is good.  Patience is …

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New Year

I’m a teacher.  For me, the new year starts when the kids come back to school in late August, and it ends when they leave again in June.  The hang time in between, the endless and unbroken weekend of no …

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