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    professional dilettante Lakey's Avatar
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    *taps mic* is this thing on?

    Uh, hello. I've been lurking for a while, and have now stepped out into the light.

    I've been a writer by vocation and avocation for a couple of decades. I've done legal writing, technical writing, film criticism, and general essay-writing. What I have never, ever done is fiction. Until the better part of a year ago, at least. Some persistent, unaccountable bee got in my bonnet last summer, and since then I've been working on what I think I can now safely call my first novel. It is completely absorbing (despite a demanding day job), and possibly the most emotionally flaying experience of my life.

    The novel is - or rather, I hope it shall be - a literary historical, about lesbians in the McCarthy era.

    I have a 22-chapter outline, some of which is fairly rich with detail and some of which is in need of more. I also have a first draft of the first 10 chapters, 50,000 words, give or take. And, I have a list of ideas on how to rewrite, improve, or otherwise change what's already there. But I have pledged to keep moving forward for now, and save those ideas for the first comprehensive revision. Oh, and the research! There is so much lovely research.

    As for who I am, and how my brain works, I'll say this: I thought "dilettante" would be an apt choice of screen name, but it was already spoken for. So Lakey it is.
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    Love the story-- welcome

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    Excellent premise. Can't wait to read it!

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    Hi, Lakey. See you around the boards.
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    Well, thank you folks. Evidently being new to both novel-writing and the forum doesn't hold me back from having opinions and expressing them.

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    Hi, Lakey. Welcome to the forum (officially, since you say you've been lurking).
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    Tell that to the guy(s) manacled in her basement... - be frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian_Blaire View Post
    Hi, Lakey. Welcome to the forum (officially, since you say you've been lurking).
    Why, thank you. I am in love with your avatar.

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    Welcome to the forum, Lakey
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