I have extensive notes from my agent (my agent, yay!) in hand and I am gearing up to spend the next several weeks in the Revisionland Hotel. A summer of tiki torch nights and umbrella drinks and writing writing writing.

And it will be writing writing writing, because more than “change this, take out that” which might be nice and simple in comparison, for this next round of revising I get to dig deeper and add more and elaborate on what I have already.


It is a combination of daunting and exhilarating. And I’m not sure how to do it yet, but I’ll figure it out.

So I am taking my own notes and pondering and mulling and trying to get things done while I note-take and ponder and mull, like the paintings I can finally start on because I have black paint again, and reading other people’s books (go read Rock Paper Tiger ASAP, it is marvelous and compelling and it will make you crave dumplings).

And today I got my latest BPAL order, which is always a happy occasion. I have moths & butterflies (bottles of Gypsy: Bourbon vanilla, Egyptian musk, tonka, white sugar, and cardamom & Paper Kite: Coconut, white sugar, angelica, and black pepper) and a Vanilla-based Chaos Theory, #95 to be exact.

Trying the chaos first. Beyond the clear vanilla the mystery notes are remaining mysterious. I think there might be white musk in there somewhere, but I’m not entirely sure. Overall, it is this gorgeously blended scent that’s bright and warm and creamy, even the vanilla that was so obvious in the bottle has calmed and faded into the background as a steady undercurrent.

And while I’m sitting here huffing at my wrists, I realize this is what the book needs.

The base notes are there. Maybe some of those bright top notes, too. But it’s those nuanced middle notes that take it from “that smells like vanilla” to “ooooooooh, what is that?” that it needs now. The in-betweens that tie everything together and make it richer as a whole.

Because I can make writing analogies about anything.

Categories: writing


Steph/seenonflickr · June 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Every time you talk about BPAL, I am so tempted to get more!!

clovia · June 11, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Your manuscript smells like caramel apples and spiced cider in my brain. When you’re eventually doing signings, you should use cider-scented ink.

I’m afraid popcorn scent would smell like feet, like movie-popcorn butter.

    Shveta · June 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    This. Except for the popcorn part.

      clovia · June 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

      Movie popcorn smells like feet.

      I said it.

    erin · June 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I actually have a BPAL blend that smells like caramel apples & rum that’s very circusy.

    Circus popcorn is more of a kettle corn, caramel corn idea. No fake feet butter.

clovia · June 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I was sure Circus popcorn was delicious–it was popcorn-scented ink I was worried about. Such can only end in tears.

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