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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah


IMG_5539Sometimes I feel like I should write about writing more often: drop hints about what I’m working on, offer advice for aspiring fiction writers, be honest with you about my insecurities and the potholes along the road to, through, and beyond publication.* That’s what other authors blog about.

But I don’t want to tell you about what I’m writing. I don’t want to spoil the surprise. I like to leave the man behind the curtain, where he belongs.**

I do, however, enjoy writing about the process. I’m always inspired by Nova’s blog posts, and when I saw her on Friday night I told her that my blog wants to be just like hers when it grows up. She pointed out that my posts on The Practice Novel and finding an agent were interesting and useful (yay!), so right now I’m feeling fired up to be more consistently so. I sometimes feel like I’m blogging just to amuse two people–my sister and myself–but I guess I can’t really say “oh, hardly anybody reads my blog” when what I’m putting up is often the cyberliterary equivalent of dancing a jig on a subway platform at four o’clock in the morning. It’s not a waste of time because I get to laugh at myself, but it isn’t much good to anybody else. (Is it?)

So if you are reading this, tell me: what do you find interesting? What would you like me to write about? I’m going to keep blogging about my travels and my knitting and vegan recipes and whatever else makes me happy, but I still want to know what else would be interesting and useful to you. I’m aiming for one writing post per week from now on…but what specifically, and what else?

* Actually, a post on this general topic is forthcoming at the end of the month–another guest blog for Nova!

** Funny thing–Sarah sent me a link to this NYT article, and in it a reader says the same thing in explaining why she doesn’t follow authors on Twitter.

2 Comments to Meta

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    January 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to know when and why the heck you took that picture. You know what I like to read about: TRAVEL! By the way, I had a dream that we were riding into Bogota from the airport and it was all misty with large crazy buildings, and I had this wonderful feeling of excitement. Get excited!

  2. Erica's Gravatar Erica
    March 23, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    While I’m pretty brandnew to your blog I really like it just the way it is. I like the annecdotes you share of people and their fragments of dialogue. You have a warm but not rose tinted take of humanity and I am enjoying delving into your older posts.

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.