|Books read in July|
Writing in July
Redrafting is a s-l-o-w process but I'm enjoying it - new ideas for the novel pop out of nowhere, chapters start in different places or are completely different from their original draft.
Chapter seventeen has had at least five beginnings, and several more middles but I think I have worked out the shape of this chapter. It's still going to need lots more work but I think I have finally cracked this chapter.
Books read in July
The Seed Collectors - Scarlett Thomas
dysfunctional families, surrealism, affairs, drugs and gardening are all mixed into Scarlett's latest novel. You can read my review here.
Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
I bought this back in February with some birthday money after reading The Strange Library. I really enjoyed this book and I know I'll probably be looking to read some more Murakami - any recommendations? Just like The Seed Collectors, this book also explores the concept of consciousness, the things we do to find internal contentment. This book combines utopias, buildings with no concept of physics and its surroundings, and characters who are lost in their urban environment.