Chapter 10: The Alien Plumber


Monday saw the first draft of my novel-in-progress off to my PhD supervisor.  Well, I say 'first draft' but it's a draft that has had many, many incarnations over the last couple of years.  And it wasn't exactly the whole novel, just about two-thirds of it (58 682 words or 161 pages to be precise, but who's counting!) Still,  for probably the first, and hopefully not the last, time in my writing life, I can honestly say I could not have worked any harder and I am pleased with what I've done. Though I do have a sneaking suspicion it is nowhere near 'literary' enough for a PhD... watch this space!

Two interesting off-shoots though.  First, Simon's language is clearly developing in too specific a direction.  As well as: 'party biscuit', 'big boy pants' and 'a minute, mummy; I'm busy', he can now say clearly and in context: 'copyright', 'edit' and 'genre'.  How can this have happened?  The literary mantle has fallen far too close to him.  Never fear, I am now working hard to teach him: 'U-bend', 'inlet valve' and 'there'll be an eighty quid call out charge, love'.  And his name will go down for plumbing school as soon as I have checked out the league tables.

Second (interesting off-shoot) is that the novel's temporary departure has given me space to prepare properly for this week's Comm. Ed class and in doing so has reminded me to stay open-minded and try new things, or in this case, genres (thanks, Simon!).  The topic is Science Fiction.  As the tutor, I shouldn't really say that it's only now I've actually realised that science fiction is, obviously, based in science fact. It's really not my thing, although one of the best books I've ever read is Marge Piercy's 'Woman of the Edge of Time' that is partially set (or is it?) in an altered reality.  Oh, and I love Star Trek, but only because I really, really, REALLY want a Mr Data of my very own. Anyway, research has already taught me a lot and - should I ever get time to read - given me a list of SF novels that might well be an education.

So, I can hear you all wondering, how on earth am I going to tie these random thoughts together in a scintillating conclusion?  Obvious.  If the novel doesn't pass muster as is, I shall simply introduce an alien plumber into Chapter 10 and call it experimental fiction. End of.

Anne x






Chapter 10: The Alien Plumber
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Guest - Bryan Potter on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 07:22

Hi Anne,Zero antipodean writing going on, sadly. I work and look after the baby and sleep.Of course that's what you do as well and you seemed to have found the time. Hats off to you - well impressed. The literary life is within your grasp (provided you have no need of money or 'stuff')Not sure about giving Gavin et al a down under redux - I'd have to add compulsive gambling on the 'Pokies', drunk driving and some casual racism just for the sake of accuracy.Gavin would have to meet Josie on the beach in his 'Smugglers' leaning against a surfboard. That's just not Gavin either. In fact Gavin could be the least Australian literary character ever conceived.

Hi Anne,Zero antipodean writing going on, sadly. I work and look after the baby and sleep.Of course that's what you do as well and you seemed to have found the time. Hats off to you - well impressed. The literary life is within your grasp (provided you have no need of money or 'stuff')Not sure about giving Gavin et al a down under redux - I'd have to add compulsive gambling on the 'Pokies', drunk driving and some casual racism just for the sake of accuracy.Gavin would have to meet Josie on the beach in his 'Smugglers' leaning against a surfboard. That's just not Gavin either. In fact Gavin could be the least Australian literary character ever conceived.
Guest - Anne on Friday, 31 May 2013 21:35

Thanks so much, everyone, for all of your comments! I still get such a buzz logging on and finding that somebody has looked at the blog - and even taken the time to write something back.Anne

Thanks so much, everyone, for all of your comments! I still get such a buzz logging on and finding that somebody has looked at the blog - and even taken the time to write something back.Anne
Guest - Anne on Friday, 31 May 2013 21:33

Hi BryanGood to hear from you - yes, still taking microscopic steps on the ultimate literary life! Any writing going on Down Under? A resurgence of Gavin & Wendy with an Antipodean slant maybe...Anne

Hi BryanGood to hear from you - yes, still taking microscopic steps on the ultimate literary life! Any writing going on Down Under? A resurgence of Gavin & Wendy with an Antipodean slant maybe...Anne
Guest - Bryan Potter on Friday, 17 May 2013 05:54

Awesome news on the new novel, Anne.

Awesome news on the new novel, Anne.
Guest - Kendra on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:55

Congratulations Anne! I look forward to reading it when you are done.

Congratulations Anne! I look forward to reading it when you are done.
Guest - Emma Bolger on Sunday, 24 March 2013 22:08

I'm getting Simon a toolbox and overalls for his next birthday. Excellent output on the words front from both of you. x

I'm getting Simon a toolbox and overalls for his next birthday. Excellent output on the words front from both of you. x
Guest - katie200 on Monday, 18 March 2013 15:18

Hi AnneWell done - looking forwards to reading it! Hope your all well.

Hi AnneWell done - looking forwards to reading it! Hope your all well.
Guest - Ruth Hunt on Monday, 18 March 2013 11:40

Hello Anne,A huge well done from me. Looking forward to reading it!

Hello Anne,A huge well done from me. Looking forward to reading it!
Guest - Wendy's Writing on Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:38

I wondered how you were getting on with your novel, Anne. I shall look forward to reading it when it's finished as I loved 'A Blonde Bengali Wife'. Hope it's got more of your great dialogue in it!

I wondered how you were getting on with your novel, Anne. I shall look forward to reading it when it's finished as I loved 'A Blonde Bengali Wife'. Hope it's got more of your great dialogue in it!
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