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Off to write

I'm off to work on the Jane project. Hopefully one of the poems that's fully researched will decide to step forward today. When that happens, I can got a lot done in a short time. But sometimes, they step forward and I start writing, and then it turns out that they aren't quite ready, and need a bunch more research.

That happened with my last draft, "Elinor and Marianne", which I wrote last week about a story Jane wrote in 1795 of the same name. It was an epistolary novel about two sisters, and was later rewritten as Sense and Sensibility. No draft of the earlier epistolary novel survives, so its precise contents are a matter of conjecture. I've spent a few days narrowing the gap on speculation, and have found some excellent resources that enable one to look at parts of Sense & Sensibility to see where sections were probably lifted from an epistolary format (it wasn't exactly a seamless process), and I'm hoping to doctor that draft this week. But I'd really like to get something new on the page today, too.

I suppose I shall see.

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Mar. 11th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
You and me both.

Mar. 11th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I made some progress. And you?
Mar. 12th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
I started out with 450 words and ended up with 31.
Mar. 12th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
I'd call that progress, since you've made decisions on which words to keep, and that is something good. I think I wrote at least 3 times as many words as I kept today, which is par for the course with poetry.
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
I hope you're having the perfect weather for Getting Things Done. I am today as it is sunny, but chilly. Sunny enough to feel energized, to cold to want to go outside and play.

Happy Writing.
Mar. 11th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
It was much like that here as well. Although in the afternoon, it got warm enough to be outside and pick up sticks from the wind damage caused by Saturday night's storm. But by then, writing time was over!
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Have fun today!
Mar. 11th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
I did. Thanks!
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Mar. 11th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I needed that!
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Kelly, your project sounds fascinating and I love to hear about it. Hope it's a day full of inspiration and fun.
Mar. 11th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Today I:

-found something that I'd thought was a fragment, but that works on its own as a short slice-of-Jane's-life poem

-figured out that "Elinore and Marianne" is factually correct as is, but may still want a bit more tweaking to make it resonate a bit more

-wrote more than half of a new poem before time was up

It was both fun and a bit inspiring. Thanks for all your support and encouragement, Lorraine. You so rock.
Mar. 12th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Kelly, what a nice thing to say. :)
I'm a poetry ignoramus really, though I love good poetry. But I don't have much time to find poems that I enjoy, so I appreciate how you open up the poetry world to us on your blog. I feel like I often learn something from you. So thanks for your all your effort.

And some day, I can't wait to find your work in Powell's!
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Mar. 12th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I DO corral them whether they're read or not, but that doesn't usually work particularly well for me. Once in a while I manage to tame one that way, but usually they just run and buck and eventually jump the fence.
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