ain't no Houellebecq girl (yiskah) wrote,
ain't no Houellebecq girl
yiskah

Realisation of the day: staple-removers are very good for removing tea-bags from boiling hot tea.

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Hot book recommendation: 26A, by Diana Evans. I saw her speak on Sunday, but she was on the same panel as Susanna Clarke and so went almost unnoticed in the wake of my squealing fangirliness. I bought her book because I felt bad at the signing, when there was a huge queue in front of SC and no one in front of DE; started reading it, initially decided that it was yet another tedious White Teeth rip-off (initial dismissiveness may have been partly related to my customary envy of anyone who is Young and Published), but by the end I was hooked, despite its typical first-novel-esque flaws (also annoying typos: 'teaming' for 'teeming', for example). Of course, it is being marketed as a shameless rip-off of White Teeth, which is sad because in my opinion it's far better. Also throws into relief how depressingly trend-following the publishing industry is - and it knows it, too, which makes it all the more frustrating.

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libellum told me off at the weekend for not updating enough, but I'm just not feeling inspired at the moment. I have a new job that I really like. Things are in motion for Sudan next year. An agent is interested in my novel. There is relationship angst (and no, I probably don't want to talk about it). I've received no reply to my PhD query letter, which I sent a week ago. Things are more good than bad, but for some reason whenever I sit down to write about it here, I end up feeling that the entry would be better placed in my personal journal, and so that's where it goes. Perhaps I just want to keep things to myself more. But I will try to be here more often.
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