Am I doing my taxes? NO. I’m reading writer blogs. I so totally relate to this post on revising on C.W. Gortner‘s blog:

At times, I honestly thought the book would crumble apart and found myself ruing the day I decided I could tackle such a difficult subject. Catherine led a long, eventful, and unbelievably complicated life; the decision during this revision rapidly became one that often put me, as they say in Spain, between the cape and the sword. I had to make very tough decisions between what must stay and what must go; and when you’re writing a historical novel that covers an actual person’s life, that is not an easy thing to do. In fact, I had an agonizing few weeks when I wondered if I could even do her justice, given the constraints.


I’m very much looking forward to reading this novel, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici.