Blog Update

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I’ve been terribly absent from this blog of late and I wanted to send a little heads-up especially to those of you who have been kind enough to wonder and worry.

I have been very busy with work and travel.  But, when I’ve had free time, I’ve finally been able to get in touch with one of the old novel manuscripts I am forever trying to finalize. It is a very old manuscript–first written probably at least fifteen years ago.  This has made it very hard to pick up again, as there are many things about the style–the pacing and scene choices–that I would not adopt if I were writing it fresh.

My embarrassment about the stylistic choices has been intense enough that for years it has been hard for me to even look at this particular manuscript.  At the same time, I could not bear the idea of massive structural revisions (though earlier on I did try some.)

But somehow now, I’ve just accepted the book, more or less, in its basic format.  Yes, it has an older-fashioned pacing.  Yes, it is very internal, probably a little static.

The content is also difficult.  It is about child sexual abuse.  No, it is not, thankfully, about me.  But, because one colors one’s writings with the palette of one’s life–and I have definitely used elements of myself and of persons known to me to make the characters more real–it has long worried me that readers will assume that the content is true, that it is memoir rather than fiction, and that the book presents accurate descriptions of the real persons who bear similarities to the characters.  (It does not.)  Of course, I’ve worried that publication could inadvertently cause pain.

So, it’s been a struggle–all these issues still make me very uncertain as to how I will handle the completed manuscript–but I am almost there.   The first five to ten pages are not quite right–probably the rest of the pages are not quite right either (!) but beginnings are always incredibly hard for me and especially here where the actual, true first pages were written before the story found its way.  Nonetheless,  I feel certain that pretty soon, I will either get these pages right, or just accept their current revised form.

Anyway, I want to thank all of you who’ve checked in to the blog.  I wish I had a little more mental space as I really miss the wonderful engagement of writing poems, and the friendly back-and-forth of the online poetry community, but for now and a little bit longer, I just don’t have that reach.

Thanks again.

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22 Comments on “Blog Update”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Karin…1st time I’ve touched into this with you so I’m not familiar with the blog, but I appreciate your courage and wisdom in allowing your writing to flow, no matter what. Of course, you will never be able to control anyone else’s reaction so why be concerned about that? You have always been a beautiful writer and I’m sure that the words will convey themselves just as they are supposed to do so.
    Betsey Kane

  2. mj Says:

    Very pleased to hear that you’re working on a novel – this novel – again. It’s ALWAYS hard and it’s never too late.
    xx

  3. hedgewitch Says:

    As you know, I applaud the courage and stamina of anyone who can tackle anything longer than three pages. It sounds like you are well on your way to achieving a final rapport with your old words and new. Good luck in the final stages.


  4. Oh I am happy you are doing such good work. I too have a book manuscript that has been sitting on a shelf for exactly that many years, too – in need of a major edit but when I have tried, it has not wanted to change and I always stopped. I have decided to do the same thing as you – let it be how it was written and stand on its own…..I will at some point, once I have my poems archived, focus some time its way. I am so interested in hearing what you are up to – yay! I am archiving my accumulated poems in book form (will take at least six books) – it takes a LOT of time and work and is hard to keep up online too. But it is important to focus our time and energy on these things.Never worry, we’ll be right here when you do pop in…..


  5. It was so good to see a post from you ping in by email, k. Like you, I’m a tad absent from my blog just now; still waiting to move house, but I get there when I can.

    It’s great to see you’re working on a project that’s important to you and I wish you well as you complete it and make your publishing decisions. x

  6. Steve King Says:

    Well, you have an adventure in front of you. I hope your readers will get to see some of the prose as your work evolves. Good luck with it!
    Steve K.


  7. Wish you luck with the novel. I love that photo. Maybe it’s that single branch or plant buried in the snow. 🙂

    Greetings from London.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      It’s kind of a crazy photo when you understand that there are about two feet of snow in the field. It is amazing to me that a tall stalk of grass can poke through it.

  8. lynndiane Says:

    Thanks for your update…your readers miss you as well but understand that you have other valuable work you must focus on!

  9. claudia Says:

    oh that is not an easy topic at all that you’ve chosen – really wishing you all the best for the book project – i can not even imagine how much work it must be to write a novel..

  10. brian miller Says:

    that is quite the tough topic to tackle…had to face it quite a bit when i was doing counseling and it always broke my heart a bit…i hope that you allow your emotions a chance to breathe as you go back through this….

  11. janehewey Says:

    good for you! I continue to stand ready to read anything you put your talents to.

  12. Glenn Buttkus Says:

    Thanks for the heads up; we’ve missed your strong voice, your elephant drawings, your input–but it is good to know that your creativity is still serving itself. I, too, have a couple unpublished novels to play with, a Western, BLACKTHORNE, that now I am rewriting as a move in my Cinemagenic poetry series, & a detective novel, BAERBAK; both finished like 35 years ago, but still whispering to me from their shelf.

  13. ayala Says:

    I wish you good luck , I know you will do great. A tough subject to write about.


  14. Karin, this sounds like such a timely and, indeed, difficult subject but it needs to be out there. I, for one, understand the need to sometimes be scarce on the blog. The most important thing is to do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself and to write! I hope you will have fun, even though dealing with a tough issue and look forward to read it when it’s out there. xo


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