Monday, September 21, 2015
Warning: Rough draft. Do not publish!!!
Like every reader, I always want more books by my favorite authors. I would love, of course, to hear that they had found more books by Dorothy Sayers and Jane Austen. But at the same time, the whole Go Set A Watchman controversy (plus Jane's juvenile works) makes me wonder about this impulse. I don't really want to read the work they never finished and never intended for outside eyes. I want to read more of their polished wonderful books. And if that isn't available, then so be it.
I have plenty of ridiculous unfinished writing projects that I've never thrown away. A gothic romance I started when I was twelve with a friend (believe me, you don't want to read it). Screenplays. The first 60 pages of novels that didn't have the legs to go any further. And my nightmare would be for someone to expose it to the light of day and publish it as my work. It's enough to make me go back and burn it all.
And yet... I like to save unfinished projects to read over, if only to see how far I've come. I've turned one screenplay (and may turn more) into novels. So I will just have to leave careful instructions to my family (and lots of threatening notes in the file folders) that they are not to do publish any of it. Oh--that and a link to this blog.