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A note from my chaise

And yes, I actually have a velveteen cheetah-print chaise longue in my living room in lieu of a couch. It's fabulous and glamorous and (best of all) the perfect spot for reading, as long as nobody's down in the family room with the TV blaring.

I've spent much of the day on the chaise, reading stuff. Mostly, I was reading and commenting on a manuscript for a friend, but I took a brief break to read emails and (for a half an hour) part of a novel I'm reading (a Lisa Kleypas romance, in case you were wondering - turns out I loved the Wallflowers as well as the Hathaway series, and now I'm reading Again the Magic, which is somewhat related to the Wallflowers, which are somewhat related to the Hathaways - I'm working my way backwards in time).

Turns out that I can rip through four to five chapters of a completed novel in that time, but I can't manage to get through a single chapter of the piece I'm critiquing in under an hour - and some chapters have needed upwards of two hours. It's a different sort of reading/thinking that applies, as it turns out, including the need to flip back seven chapters and re-read something to be sure that my recollection is correct (or to find out that it is, in fact, NOT correct, and that therefore no note is needed).

I love both kinds of reading, but reading in order to critique sure requires a lot more active brainpower. Still, it's a complete pleasure to read this particular YA fantasy. And yes, the irony in the fact that I'm taking a break from reading by reading has not escaped me.

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Apr. 27th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
Your critiquee is lucky to have you! That's an awesome amount of focus and attention.

(and I read your first sentence initially as a cheeto-print chaise lounge.
Apr. 28th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
It is tan with black spots, not fluorescent orange with black spots. Silly Dot.

Oh the notes I've been writing . . .
Apr. 28th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you loved the Wallflowers too! I read those first, now I'm reading through the Hathaways series (unfortunately slowly, just because they're not in my local library so I'm having to limit myself to 1 or 2 a month), and after that I'll start working my way backward too.
Apr. 28th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
I really did love the Wallflowers - especially Anabelle's and Evie's stories. And of the Hathaways, I especially like Cam & Amelia's story, although I so like all of them that it's hard to pick just one.
Apr. 28th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, a chaise longue! I am having furniture envy...I've always wanted one. They do, as you said, seem so glamorous and sort of indulgent. I love that you're taking a break from reading by reading but as you said, they are two completely different sorts of reading. It's like taking a break from power-walking by going for a leisurely stroll. Enjoy!
Apr. 28th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
I totally love my chaise. It's an especially pretty shape, in addition to being comfortable and in a fun print.

And I still have so much reading to do - of both sorts!
Apr. 28th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
You're so right - critique reading takes a long time, especially a novel because it's difficult to complete in a single sitting. I've been doing some crit reading too and I find it very stimulating to my own writing and analyzing my writing. I'm constantly surprised at how long it takes but I think that's because I'm trying to be thorough and as helpful as possible. Maybe I should get myself a crit chaise.
Apr. 28th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
A single sitting? HAHAHAHA! I'm lucky to get through more than a chapter or two in a single sitting!

I read your ms in two sittings the first time through, but the notes/comments is what's taking so very long. Not because the manuscript is rife with problems, but because the notes are taking me a while to think through and write (and, in many cases, to backtrack to double-check stuff).
Apr. 28th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to hear that it isn't "rife with problems." And I'm always grateful for your feedback. You are very thorough and give a damn good critique.
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Apr. 29th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
I'll have to put a gown on for that . . .
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