Cutting

Wednesday I will talk for the first time with a professional author consultant about my manuscript. The first 50 pages. And, I have 22 pages left to edit. Editing has mostly been a process of cutting.

There’s been very little visual work going on — for long enough that it feels as though something is missing. The garden looks gorgeous, though.

Yesterday I played with cloth that was next to the couch on the floor. Finished Season 3 of Longmire.

A friend with a huge aloe plant gave me a few pieces yesterday. The mother plant looked like something from a science fiction movie — as if it might lunge and scuttle away.

13 thoughts on “Cutting

  1. RainSluice

    I hope it is a great consultation/talk about your writing! Best of luck! You are so good at cutting and growing new greater things from those cuttings and piece-ings!

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Thanks Maggie. And congrats on launching your website! Maybe you want to link to your comment-name so people can tap through?

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  2. Joanne

    Your fabric collection and the way you use it (abuse it) fascinates me. I usually WANT every fabric that you show on the blog- thinking-“if I had that….” that my work would be more fascinating. to me. Bon Chance on the consultation.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      It’s so funny. Your recent post with house motif cloth in purpled? I have two of those very fabrics in my bins! I did try to comment that day, BTW, and the day after, and the day after that. Michelle’s blog doesn’t take my comments either.

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  3. Liz A

    I swear I had an adrenaline jolt just reading about your consult … can’t even begin to imagine the real thing … hope you find you have someone worthy of your work

    and yeah, cutting … have finally taken loppers to the monster bush in our new front yard …

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    1. deemallon Post author

      The first year in this house I pulled out an entire bed of monkshood, thinking it a weed! But given its poisonous nature and given that in short order two boys would join our two cats, it’s probably just as well.

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  4. Nancy

    Ah, to have gotten so far to need a consultant…great! May it be productive and enlightening. We had a monster aloe at our last place. It began as a scrawny thing that the neighbor didn’t want. I love how the green slips in on this cloth, joining in.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      It’s a landmark, being at this point. But where in the process of finishing? I have no idea.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      I have been working hard. And believe it or not, I’m much more interested to hear what she thinks isn’t working than what she found moving (“bowled over” is how she put it).

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  5. Marti

    Speaking with a professional author, having a consultation, knowing that your words will be read and taken in…When the pages of your novel are reviewed and discussed, I can only think that this professional author will smile in recognition of an author who has much to say, much to give, much to connect, and who has dedicated herself to the hard questions. Positive, constructive, meaningful exchange of ideas and suggestions, affirming, and stellar, May this consultation today hold all of these for you Dee.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Thank you, Marti. I can claim being dedicated etc., but can she tell a story? Because it really and truly comes down to that.

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