Welcome! It’s so nice to see you again. What would you like? Coffee? Tea? Lemon water? Some witch’s fingers? Rotten cake?
I had my annual Halloween bash last night. Everyone dressed up. I was a skeleton, although the costume wasn’t very practical so I took it off after a while. You have to forgive me the awful pictures, the lighting in our apartment is ecological, which means it’s bad for picture-taking. Also, my husband thought it would be fun to take artistic pictures of me, hence the cobwebs.
I served several dips such as monkey brains with fried onions (black beans), bat hearts (roasted beets with pumpkin seeds), and pureed frog lungs (pumpkin, pear, sunflower seeds), as well as rotten cake, witch’s fingers, ghost crackers, and other delicacies you’d find in a house inhabited by skeletons and swarms of spiders. We had a lot of fun.
If we were having coffee and eating witch’s fingers (obviously), I’d tell you this has been a tough week. I’ve felt major insecurity and fear about my writing. It’s not logical and I can’t exactly explain what is making me feel like this. I keep rereading things I’ve written and I like some of it, but I just keep feeling this unexplainable fear. Do you ever get that?
I read through the first draft of my novel, Native Landscapes, and it’s not as bad as I thought the first time I read it through. Although I admit I’ll scrap a majority of it. Today I’ll be going through the first draft, cutting out fragments and scenes I like so I can use them in the second draft. This second draft is not really revision, but more rewriting and I’ll be updating my progress next time we meet for coffee.
If you’re interested in finding out more about my novel, I share more in my monthly newsletter, you should consider signing up. I only send it out once a month and it’s usually a fairly short email with some updates and inside scoop. The last newsletter included an interview with the main character, Milena.
Monday Inspirations posts coming up this month: Sarah Brentyn tomorrow, then Charli Mills and Allison Gammons. This might be the end of the series as no one else has come forth as a contributor. Maybe you’d like to consider? If you’d like to write about your favorite book(s) or author(s), email me at uhumienik[at]gmail.com
My posting schedule this month
Other than the Monday Inspirations guest posts, I’ll be posting weekend coffee share posts regularly. This Wednesday is Insecure Writer’s Support Group, so I’ll be posting then. On November 17th, I’ll be posting about the film Hiroshima Mon Amour for the Criterion Blogathon. At the end of November, you’ll find me on Part-Time Monster, where I’ll post about the Slavic myth of Sirin and Alkonost.