Just a few personal notes today…
On Monday afternoon I’m going to my first book club meeting for The Compass Master. See, a very small local book club read my novel after being urged to do so by an elderly friend of my parents. Advance word is the members enjoyed Compass, so here’s hoping they’ll be nice to me.
Sigh. We writers can be such fragile creatures when it comes to our books.
I’d really love to know if any of you have had the book club experience and what it was like for you. Good? Scary? Ever so grateful that these strangers read your book?
My friend Linda is reading my second-pending-manuscript, Charity MacCay and Holy Relations, and this last week when she was only about a quarter of the way through she called me up to rave about it. She even read aloud one paragraph.
See, the thing about Linda is that she’s extremely literary in her tastes. She has read pretty much everything ever written by Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, Isak Dinesen, Proust. You get the idea. And she thinks my book has real literary strengths.
Aren’t friends wonderful? I mean, I’m used to getting critiques from them (they take care to be gentle). But when they truly love what you’ve written, doesn’t that love feel fantastic? For a little while, before my insecurities set in again, they can make me feel like a real WRITER.
I felt just that way thanks to Hart Johnson (the glorious Naked Tart) when she generously read my first Charity manuscript. Hart darling, your insight and book smarts and professional experience mean so much to me.
I FINALLY went swimming on Saturday (first time all freaking summer!), and if I’d known that my thighs would look thinner the next day, I’d have gone swimming about a hundred times.
See, I don’t have a weight problem, but when I do put on extra fat it goes straight to my thighs, waist and butt. Never on my two little puppies up top, damn it. So even a couple extra pounds can mean that my clothes get too snug. Then I’ve gotta lose those pounds ’cause dieting is a lot cheaper than buying new clothes.
In case you didn’t know, swimming is especially good for losing weight because your body has to burn extra calories just to stay warm. Doctors have pointed out how Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has to take in a HUGE number of calories, more than other Olympic athletes do, simply because he spends hours every day in a pool.
So that’s my body tip for the day: Go swimming and have fun.