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Jan. 14th, 2015 01:36 pm
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Back to awful computer problems, which resulted in the loss of 5000 words. Nothing to do but rewrite them, so I did. This is a new book, called Butterfly Winter, and is a kind of Somerset magical realism - some of Milford have seen it. I am, now, beginning to move forwards. My father's illness and death, and my mother moving in with us, took up most of last year and the process is still ongoing, as we have to clear and then sell their house. This in itself is an experience: it initially seemed a huge and daunting task, then became increasingly broken down into stages, and then slowly and now suddenly we are in the final stage, organising furniture vans and valuations. This was the house in which I grew up, happily, and it is hard to let it go, but also exciting to know that the house itself will be moving into its next incarnation with another family. It's an ordinary house, but not far off a hundred years old now (it being, alarmingly, not far off a hundred years from the 1930s) and its history is ongoing. My mother, who will be 87 on Friday, has adapted astonishingly well to moving, again slowly then suddenly, out of the house which has been the whole of her married life for 50+ years.

I don't have a publisher for Butterfly Winter, though I will be looking once it's done. I'm enjoying writing out of deadline, and taking my time with it. I'm at a point where writing it is the important thing, rather than what becomes of it; my mother stopped being published by Robert Hale in the early 80s, but is still writing. You reach a point where the internal process, and the compulsion of the world building, is more important than its external reception. Perhaps this is making the best of a bad job, but I don't think so in this instance. Maybe it's paralleling the house? One's narrative changes.

Date: 2015-01-14 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/la_marquise_de_/
I am so sorry about the computer issues. That blasted laptop. And having read some of Butterfly Winter, I am looking forward to it -- and I hope you find a publisher.
I'm glad things are slowly stabilising, although I can imagine how difficult it must be to let go to the house in some ways. Very good wishes to you and your mother.

Date: 2015-01-14 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
It's not your fault! I should have emailed it to myself.

Date: 2015-01-15 09:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] klwilliams.livejournal.com
Dropbox is your friend.

Date: 2015-01-15 11:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kjn
While I do like and use Dropbox myself, it's not a backup system, in fact, it's very far from a backup system. It's a syncing-and-sharing system, and an excellent such. But it's not backup.

For cloud backup, look at a dedicated service like CrashPlan instead, but also at having local backup that's done often and regularly. The 3-2-1 rule is quite good:

Have THREE copies
In TWO different formats
Have ONE copy away from the house (or equivalent)

Date: 2015-01-15 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Very probably!

Date: 2015-01-14 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] expelle.livejournal.com
It's great that the whole house move/sale has gone so smoothly. May it continue to do so until completion!

Good luck on the new book! Sounds intriguing!!

Date: 2015-01-15 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Fingers crossed! I just arranged to meet up with the valuer.

Date: 2015-01-14 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] birdsedge.livejournal.com
Looking forward to Butterfly Winter, having seen chunks of it at Milford.

Date: 2015-01-15 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
It's taking a while...

Date: 2015-01-15 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] birdsedge.livejournal.com
It doesn't matter. It's not a race and you don't have a deadline.
Go you!

Date: 2015-01-15 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-wing.livejournal.com
What sort of thing did your mother write?

Date: 2015-01-15 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
She wrote about 12 Gothic horrors for RH in the 70s - Kari has some of them.

Date: 2015-01-16 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-wing.livejournal.com
I will enquire, the next time that I am in the neighbourhood.

Date: 2015-01-15 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jess-ka.livejournal.com
You reach a point where the internal process, and the compulsion of the world building, is more important than its external reception. Perhaps this is making the best of a bad job, but I don't think so in this instance. Maybe it's paralleling the house? One's narrative changes.

This--thank you for verbalizing (well, you know what I mean) it.

Date: 2015-01-15 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mevennen.livejournal.com
Thank you - it's getting increasingly important for me to focus on why I'm doing this, because it isn't for the fame or the money. It's because for me, it has to be done.

Date: 2015-01-18 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizardqueen.livejournal.com
It's because you're a writer. And just like haters gonna hate, as the saying goes, writers gonna write. In fact, writers GOTTA write. It's not just what we do, it's who we are. I find it physically distressing when I go for days without having written anything; it's like needing desperately to exercise. And yes, one's personal narrative does change, but some things remain constant. You have done brilliantly over what I know was a most terribly difficult year for you; both you and Trevor, and your amazing mother as well, deserve all the praise and all the wine and all the chocolate.

Date: 2015-01-20 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizcounihan.livejournal.com
Oh losing all that work. Disaster!

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