After finishing a bunch of stories for the Clarion West challenge, I’ve returned to working on revisions of my novel Chameleon in a Mirror, a time travel romp revolving around my literary idol Aphra Behn. While the novel needs a lot more work than I had hoped, unfortunately, I’m having a great time returning to the English Restoration and the figure of Aphra. For those who are unfamiliar with her, she was the first professional woman writer in the English language. A contemporary of John Dryden, she made her living writing plays for the Duke’s Theatre, the rival company to that of Dryden. If that wasn’t unusual enough for a woman in the seventeenth century, she was also worked for the British government as a spy in the Netherlands, and spent time in Surinam, South America, where her father was to have been appointed governor — if he hadn’t died on the voyage. She also wrote the first epistolary novel in English, Love Letters Between and Nobleman and his Sister, decades before Samuel Richardson supposedly founded the genre.
Now if that isn’t enough to make a gal enthusiastic, I don’t know what is.
Didn’t get as much done this week as I had intended, since for the last couple of days I’ve been suffering from a summer cold with a slight fever. 50 pages of revisions on Chameleon in a Mirror and one more collab story finished for a deadline. Once my foggy brain clears up, I need to get back to some marketing, ebook and web page work in addition to the novel revisions.