on a more inspiring note (“There are no vampires in this novel”)

Let’s change the subject. One novelist’s advice for when you feel confused, while writing:

If you’ve ever traveled, you know what it’s like to be totally lost and slightly panicked because you don’t believe you have the skills (language, a good map, lots of money) to find the place where you think you need to be. The thing you don’t do, is sit on a street corner and wait for the place to come to you. You know that will never happen. Instead, you start walking.

– Jessica Blau, author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and Drinking Closer to Home, as part of the Writer’s Digest “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” series.

I’m not going to keep ranting about how much I hated a certain movie (see previous post): but I will say that the review of DCtH I’ve linked to, in the Nervous Breakdown, does make this astute observation: “There are no vampires in this novel, no portals to other worlds, or crimes to be solved, nothing to prop up the narrative except truth, and emotion, and love.”