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All about the novel (part 124)


My friends that I mentioned, Bianca Zander and Rachael King, both have books coming out this year. I’m super-excited – they are going to be great. Bianca’s The Girl Below is about a young woman who finds herself slipping back into her childhood to solve the mysteries of her dysfunctional family. And Rachael‘s book is all about selkies – how cool is that?

Today is the anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake. For readers from abroad, it has been a hell of a year for Cantabrians, with their city in ruins and subsiding into the mud. They’ve had to deal with aftershocks, as well as exhausting wrangles with insurance companies, government, and utilities providers. Many of them haven’t known where they are going to live. I don’t know how they’ve managed it, and my thoughts are with them. I posted Roses for Christchurch last year soon after the earthquake, and it has remained my most visited post.

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  1. 22/02/2012 12:08 pm

    Love surrealist jaunts – and the appearance of Bill Murray was so unexpected yet perfectly made sense…..

    Thinking lots about C’CH too – thanks for the links.

  2. Ange permalink
    22/02/2012 1:01 pm

    Hilarious! Love it!

  3. Kirsten McDougall permalink
    22/02/2012 1:45 pm

    I feel sad you must lose your ghosts. My book has a ghost in it. I support books with such things in them. Are you sure they’re right about the ghosts being wrong? Is there another way to integrate them better?

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      22/02/2012 2:38 pm

      Maybe… I don’t know… I will let you know! Perhaps you have to start out writing a ghost story, not just have them barge in halfway through.

      • Kirsten McDougall permalink
        22/02/2012 5:39 pm

        Maybe… I have just been reading Kelly Link too. She is fun, though not always successful, which in itself is interesting. For surrealist lessons I always turn to Calvino, though. He weaves it in so cleverly. and always entertaining.

      • Sarah Laing permalink
        22/02/2012 6:39 pm

        Oh yes, I have read Invisible Cities a couple of times now for inspiration! Must get onto The Complete Cosmology, which has been sitting in my bookshelf for 2 years now….

  4. 23/02/2012 7:39 am

    Good luck with the rewrite and the new write of the graphic novel bits, Sarah! x

  5. 23/02/2012 5:36 pm

    Oh, it must be catching. I’m lately obsessed with, and considering writing, about all sorts of things from mythology… My sympathies!

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