the two of them would meet here when vita would come to london. a pre-visit before the actual visit. they would also send private letters inside ones that might be read by others. since the hogarth press was in this basement, I imagined vita bringing a manuscript, a ruse that, at this moment, is no longer necessary, and so, down to the business at hand.
Carry the One has been shortlisted for the St. Francis College Literary Prize. The prize is for writers at mid-career and is $50,000. Just making the shortlist is an honor. The winner will be announced at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sept 21. I’ll be there. Here’s a link to the announcement: http://www.sfc.edu/cf_news/view.cfm?newsid=387
Carry the One has a new cover for the paperback edition. Hope you like it!
on the paintings page, I’ve put up a couple of new canvasses in my series on vita sackville-west, with more to come. I’m trying for something like a biography in paint. it’s all narrative to me—the writing and the painting.
my least favorite parts of writing a novel are:
a] the very last go-over when I’m alternately weary with the manuscript and jolted with electric fear at seeing a character wearing yellow socks when a few pages earlier I’ve had them pulling on red ones
and where I am now, which is
b] the early roughing out when all my characters look like claymation figures and I’m still wondering where they’re all going.
at least I have been able to do a good bit of this here in amsterdam, looking over a canal, leading a much smaller version of my regular life.