Michelle Gable, Writer

Michelle Gable, Writer

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Title Schmitle (Or, The Paris Apartment)

September 21, 2013 , , , , , ,

Once again I apologize for the continued silence! My first round of editorial changes were due September 15 and it  occurred simultaneous with busyness at work because of course it did. My job is very rarely not-busy, thus I don’ t know why I would’ve expected anything different. Also there are two small people in my home who demand love, attention, food, and to pitch softballs at me on a near-constant basis. It’s just weird. I don’t even know where they came from.

Thank you to my husband for the continued pick up of my slack. As Sheryl Sandberg says in her fabulous book Lean In there is no way for a woman to have success if her partner isn’t committed to being a true partner in the home. Indeed.

And so my days have involved all the usual stuff and my nights and weekends plowing through these edits. Here is me joyfully working during my cousin’s rehearsal dinner:

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But I did it! And it was extremely gratifying. And if I’m going to not sleep I’d gladly do it for writing endeavors. By the way, I slept 10 hours last night. The beauty of having older children who read when they wake up. And the beauty of “Fall Ball” for softball. Games are on Sundays. Although that conflicts with my beloved Chargers.

Anyway, in other news, April in Paris has a new title… THE PARIS APARTMENT! I know, how did we ever think of it? It’s so poetic! Ha!

Seriously, though, it was my favorite of those being bandied about and it matches my writing style, which is fairly clean and straightforward. I’d say my biggest struggle is describing things in detail about people, the rooms, etc. because I just want to get to the story. A friend and mentor once told me “write descriptions to the point you’re cringing and think it’s cheesy, and that is probably the normal/appropriate amount.” Maybe I should’ve written a screenplay. Dialogue is my thing. 😉

Another reason I like the title (and, to be clear, I suggested it!) is when I went back and looked at my favorite books, a large portion of them are THE [SOMETHING]. To wit:

THE HELP

THE  GOOD HOUSE

THE ENGAGEMENTS

THE LOTUS EATERS

THE KITCHEN DAUGHTER

THE BOOK THIEF

THE PARIS WIFE

THE SISTERS

THE SOLDIER’S WIFE

THE NINTH WIFE

You get the picture. So I am quite happy with the change.

And, speaking of titles, I read something with a really great title and an even better story this week. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Flower. This is one of the most unforgettable books I’ve ever picked up. Put down the computer and read it. Now.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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