Happy Landings is getting a good polish on the way to its final form. Today, you can help.
So far, I’ve let the content and my own experience with Emilie Loring guide me, and I feel happy about the result. Some parts were written so long ago that they seem new as I read them, and I think, “Hey, that’s interesting! I like that part!” Sometimes, I wonder, “How did I know all of that?” It appears that I’ll have as much fun as the rest of you when the book comes out.
That’s what I’d like to visit with you about today, and when I say, “visit with,” I really do mean a conversation instead of a one-way presentation.
Until now, I have paid full heed to Emilie’s advice:
I can’t imagine anything more destructive to spontaneity and inventiveness than to create with one ear of the mind turned inward to listen to the imagination and the other outward to listen to the reading public.
I have also fully ignored commentary on the book’s genre, literary biography.
In The Impossible Craft, Scott Donaldson explores the rocky territory of literary biography, the most difficult that biographers try to navigate.
Penn State University Press
Oh great. “The most difficult,” and I take it on as a newbie.
It has been hard, for sure, but I’ve liked the challenge. I don’t mind taking “the road less traveled” in intellectual pursuits, and I rather enjoy navigating the tricky parts to come up with my own solutions for them. I’m a designer at heart, and it’s been fun to curate the elements and shape Happy Landings.
Now, though, as I am editing, I am curious about your hopes for the book. Many of you have read Emilie Loring’s books as long as I have, and you have followed this blog since its inception. Some of you have contributed comments, guest posts, or private messages. What do you hope to find when you open Happy Landings?
The book is written, and I’m not going back to change anything big (My family would have me committed, if I did!), but I can tweak it here and there. If you have particular questions you want answered, will you let me know? When Happy Landings sits on your shelf, what do you hope will be inside?
Write to me in the comments section below or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do. I’m so curious about what you will say!
Until next time, happy landings, everyone!