11/14/2022 0 Comments
When people ask me what I'm working on, I tell them I'm writing a novel set on the Maine coast that centers around a young protagonist pretending to assist Rachel Carson (1907-1964) with her research in order to impress a boy. Inevitably people ask me, who is Rachel Carson?
If you ever studied environmental science, as I have, you would know Rachel is famous for her non-fiction Silent Spring (1962) which upended the chemical industry, made people aware that the Bald Eagle was at risk of extinction, and is credited with STARTING the environmental movement.
And I've come to learn from reading one of the many biographies about her, she was a slow writer. Yay! Something to emulate. Because the idea for writing this story has been brewing in my mind for well over three years now. I've collected all of her books, read a tome of personal letters she exchanged with her best friend Dorothy and visited the Inn along the coast of Maine where her ashes were scattered. Yet I only just started writing the novel.
It's not like me to take this long. I've published five novels in the span of ten years and have three completed works, in draft form sitting on my laptop (one will never be published - it's that bad).
But for some reason, I'm only at 1600 words for this novel and the motivation to write it is paralyzed by my motivation to get it just right.
I'm embarking on this blog to educate and excite the reading public, to draw attention to this woman scientist, a quiet revolutionary, so I can procrastinate. Join me! And learn more about this remarkable woman and her work.
Source: Souder, William. 2012. The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson.
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Hi, I'm an author of contemporary and historical fiction. My next novel features a young protagonist living on the coast of Maine who pretends she's doing research for Rachel Carson to impress a boy. Join me as I procrastinate writing the novel by blogging about Rachel.
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