two murders, ice cream socials and

I have officially begun to draft a new novel, or rather I've picked up writing where I left off a year and a half ago, midway through the first chapter of a new novel. This will slow down my reading, probably. My plan for now is to keep this particular book (or this first draft, anyway) fairly short, maybe 70,000 words or so. It feels like a short book, at least today it does. I feel very good about this one: immigrants, madmen, two murders, ice cream socials and Shakespeare references. The usual stuff, if you're me. I think I have enough material gathered that I can get a draft out of the way by summer. In the meanwhile, I will be sending out a hundred query letters to literary agents in case someone wants to rep Antosha in Prague, my beautiful story collection.

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  1. pretty exciting! it must be a political novel? (referencing the part about "madmen")?

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  2. It's set in the mid-70s, so more cultural than political. But of course any time a writer makes a statement, he is declaring a worldview.

    My Antarctica novel, now, if I ever finish revising it, is definitely a political novel, though set in 1913. If by politics you include economics, anyway. It's a Gospel socialist novel. Like Moby-Dick. All power to the whales, etc.

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  3. does that mean Bible-thumping communists?

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    1. Not Bible-thumpers, just people who believe in putting others first. It's a pro-Gospel, pro-socialism novel. It also mocks the hubris of technophiles while not being Luddite, because I'm pro-science. The scientists are among the heroes. The scientists and the whales. And the penguins.

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    2. if i was capable of writing a novel, that's possibly how i'd do it... i want a copy!

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