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Nothing profound to report (not that I'm profound, at best, but usually I have a point).

Met my writing group at the LA Times Festival of Books. I'd rewritten a scene, which worked much better, and while I'm normally not a first draft rewrite sort, it made sense to fix this scene to see if it altered the momentum or structure of what followed. I feel like, no matter what the novel itself ends up being, that I'll have learned so much from the process. Every piece is different, you know? In some ways, I almost feel like this whole story could be condensed down into 40 pages, and maybe that's what it'll be, but right now it feels like a novel, and I'm running with that, and if it's 40 pages at the end, then it's 40 pages. I keep asking myself, "What's the story I'm trying to tell," and it gets clearer and clearer and yet I'm not sure if it's the story I'm telling. (And I wonder how much of it I'm trying to tell like it's a visual story, like it's something that exists in between moments which isn't necessarily the way you want to tell a novels story, but I don't know how to write a script, and I don't know that I want this in script form). I need a week's devotion to it, I think. Nothing else in my head.

How many of you have had all these words, forming into something, but not something that goes the way you think it will? What do you do with it, how do you follow it? Have you ended up with something different, better, unexpected, or does it crash and burn?

The Festival was crowded, and hot, and kind of beautiful in the way that the UCLA campus filled with people can be. We went to Tim Gunn's panel (yeah, yeah, I know, but I adore him) and then listened to James Ellroy interview Joseph Wambaugh which was a trip in of itself as Ellroy adores Wambaugh, and yet his ego took up the entire room, and he was more charming in person than I could have guessed, and did that thing of telling a whole story before asking a question and half the time the question was relevant, and half the time not, but always something interesting so you forgave him the blowhardness. Wambaugh is sort of smart and unassuming and not jaded, but wears the old school long time cop demeanor that we see on TV, but wears it like a real person.

Also, the number of you who thought I should become a cat wrangler? Y'all are hysterical:)


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