DEAR FRIENDS, 12/19/2011

Dear Friends,

As promised, I sent the manuscript for PARK SONGS off to Tod Davies at Exterminating Angel Press this week, then turned immediately to my rewrite of BROKEN WING about which I talked last week.

My friend Katherine Williams, who lives in Washington, D.C., was kind enough to read and comment on a version of BROKEN WING I’d sent her in March of 2009. I am finally getting around to responding to her comments, making changes and working in other ways on the new version of this story. I first drafted BROKEN WING in 2001, which means I’ve been working on this story off and on for more than ten years. Typical.

I’m in the process of rewriting BROKEN WING these days. I’m incorporating most of Katherine’s corrections and changes and I’m also Babar-izing the story. In other words, I’m trying to put all the verbs in the present tense, just as they, usually, are in the Babar stories. I like the immediacy of the present tense. It changes the feeling of the story enormously.

It turns out this is an incredibly complicated thing to attempt. A lot of difficulties arise. It’s a slow process. I’m struggling through it now. I’m still at the beginning. And when I’m done, I’m not sure I’m going to like it, and if that’s true, then I’m going to have to go back and redo everything all over again.

I want to get BROKEN WING rewritten before January 1st–which I can see now is not going to happen–so that after the first of the year, I can go to work on SAMOVAR AND ZEEMAHOOLAH and spend the whole winter on that story.

It’s finally cold here. It’s 3 above zero as I write this on Sunday morning. Our woodstove is cranking away and we are toasty warm here in the house. Unfortunately we have only a small amount of snow, maybe an inch. We need a lot more than that–a couple of feet would be good–to insulate everything from our typical mid-winter cold.

Until next week, I remain . . .

Sincerely Yours, David Budbill
19 December 2011