I Live in Two Places: My Words and the World’s

These last few weeks I’ve been immersed in the final edits of my novel. It’s the slow time for my gardening day job. I sit for two-hour-long chunks (or more) and I read and type words. This has been productive. I’ve lived in the world of my novel: Paris, plants, the people I’ve created. I hear nothing else except the dog barking occasionally, the hum … Continue reading I Live in Two Places: My Words and the World’s

Your Best First Reader May Be Sleeping Next to You

Last month I finished my to-do list of edits on my novel. The next step? Ask my husband to read it. So we do what we always do. I send the chapters in email. He reads them on screen. Then we sit together and go through them, one by one. “These paragraphs about where they’re standing, on page 1, need to be longer. It’s difficult … Continue reading Your Best First Reader May Be Sleeping Next to You