I haven’t had much time for reading lately, which is why the “Currently Reading” section of my sidebar hasn’t changed in a while; I’m enjoying Virginia Woolf’s Night and Day, but I’m still ready for something new. Even though I like a book, I can still feel a bit bogged down in it. Well, this weekend will solve that problem somewhat, as I’ll have to read Frankenstein for my class. But I’m ready to pick up something new purely for fun.
The other thing I’ve been reading, though, is a friend’s novel-in-progress, the same friend whose earlier novel I described reading here. She’s been remarkably prolific this year. I decided to read through the manuscript once to get some initial impressions, and then to read it again writing comments along the way. I don’t consider myself to be much of an editor, but I do enjoy this kind of work now and then; as I was writing comments, I was mainly trying to pinpoint what was going on in places where I felt confused or uncertain, where I felt jolted or surprised by something that didn’t fit or wasn’t developed, or simply where I felt something was off. And I was noting places where I liked the writing or the ideas and places where everything fit together for me.
I do like having a little bit of a hand in the direction the novel will go, but at the same time, it’s a scary process — not because I’m scared I won’t like the book, which I know I will, but I worry my feedback will be frustrating or confusing or will get the writer off track somehow. I’m sure my friend won’t use any feedback that doesn’t seem right, but she still seems to take what I say seriously, and so I want to make sure I say very helpful things.
But to another topic entirely — Margaret from BooksPlease has tagged me for a meme: the “10 signs a book has been written by me” meme. Now I don’t think this book will ever get written by me, but, like Danielle who did this meme recently, I’ll play along. So here goes. My book will be:
- a novelistic type thing, although not exactly traditional
- character driven, not plot driven
- about consciousness
- with a female protagonist
- with long sentences
- set in the U.S.
- set roughly in the present
- in first person point of view
- influenced by Virginia Woolf, although (alas!) not nearly as brilliant as her work is
- influenced by Nicholson Baker’s attention to detail, although without the scientific/technological interests.
That would be my book, although thinking about it now, the list looks rather … boring. That’s why I’m a reader of novels, not a writer of them. I generally don’t tag people for memes, but this time I’m changing my mind. So I tag the following people, although if any of them don’t want to do the meme, that’s fine by me: Hobgoblin, Emily, Becky, Hepzibah, and Amanda.