Yes, I completed the revision of Chapter 2 in Blessed By Light last evening and sent that and the revision of Chapter 1 off to NY to be re-edited by the editor!
I think I’m really happy with the changes. I’ll know for sure when I get started here this morning. But if I feel the same as I did last night, then I think the rest of the read-through will just be looking for stray typos and such.
Even though the last 5 chapters have not come back from NY yet, I know that I at least liked the chapters and they won’t need any major overhauls.
That makes me feel so happy, gang. Because now I can finally just take in the whole novel and see what the hell I’ve written! Finally. I have not read this whole novel straight through, ever. I was putting together the TOC last evening, writing out the chapter titles, and with some of them, I was literally thinking, Hm. I wonder what this chapter was about… I only have a vague recollection.
And the chapters are super short – the whole novel is super short. It’s only about 148 pages. And yet it still took me 10 months to write it.
I know I did a ton of script work in that time frame, too, but when I wrote Twilight of the Immortal, back in 2010, it only took me a year. That was a 600 page novel. And I was still writing a lot of short stories back then, too.
Blessed By Light has just been the strangest writing experience I’ve ever had. And, of course, it’s been my favorite.
When I think of the research that went into Twilight of the Immortal, and how I labored to capture every personality, every historical individual, spell everyone’s names correctly, make sure all the dates & places matched up with what history has documented about those people’s whereabouts at that time, etc. Put together the bibliography, and the “Cast of Characters” – short bios on everybody in the book, and that alone was something like 30 pages. And I did all that in one year, while meeting numerous deadlines for short story sales in France & Spain.
Blessed By Light is in that weird 2nd person POV. And there is no real place identified. Los Angeles is implied. But never outright stated. He does talk briefly about Paris and NY. He talks about experiences in London from 40 years prior. He talks a lot about growing up, but never says where it was. His best friend is named George, and when his sister was 15, she dated a guy named Joe. But no one else in the book has a name!
The main character has no name. The woman he’s talking to throughout the book has no name. His previous wives have no names, though he talks about each of them in great detail. His daughters have no names. There are parents, grandparents, siblings, previous love affairs, band members – no one at all has a name. And we don’t know where anyone’s from.
And yet the book is primarily about fame. Yet, no names.
And even though George is really the only main character who has a name, through at least half of the novel, George is dead. Presumably killed by an overzealous, unstable fan, but we never really know that for sure. She might have been his lover. She might have known him really well.
And it’s only about 148 pages total, and still took me nearly a year to write! Even though I didn’t have to document or research anything at all.
It has just been so strange. But so wonderful.
On an entirely different note!
There was a different suit in Nottingham last night!
Yes, Nick Cave was wearing a different suit.
At first, I felt sort of guilty. Like, somebody told on me, or something.
THEM: “There’s a 12-year-old writer in Crazeysburg who keeps complaining about the suit. Maybe you could wear a different color tonight.”
Anyway. It was funny – a little startling, but funny. It was definitely a brown suit. Or at least, it looked brown in the 2 color photos that were posted to Instagram last night. Some sort of dark color.
And then, me being me, I had to obsess for a little while over the validity of that, and check through all the photos I’ve saved of his Conversations in the UK to make sure that, yes, previously, he had been wearing the same grey suit every single night… And Nottingham yielded something entirely different.
God only knows why I get so obsessed about the weirdest, stupidest things! Leave it alone, Marilyn. That way, madness lies…
So I did some yoga, studied Italian. Tried to behave like (my version of) a normal person.
Overall, I had really just a great day yesterday.
So I’m gonna get started here, gang. It’s another gorgeous day but we are in the beginnings of a heat wave here. Nothing too severe (I hope) that will last for the next week. So here’s hoping that by this time next week, I’m still pleased as punch with my continuing decision to not get central AC installed in this incredibly old house! Even though the new furnace and all the new duct work is primed and waiting!!
Methinks I’m probably playing with fire to be so cavalier about repeatedly putting it off, but I guess we shall see.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, wherever you are in the world, gang. Thanks for visiting. I love you, guys! Ciao, baby!!