Boy, am I late with this one! Weeks! AGH!

MD Cozy ClassicsBut, hey! I finished Moby Dick! Okay, so I’m referring here to the “Cozy Classics” picture book version I took out from the library for my son. But still. It contains spoilers! (From the pictures, it seems things don’t go so well for the whale men…)

I apologize for not keeping up with my regular Big Bad Books Posts (especially since this will not even *be* an official Big Bad Books post). I have an excuse–I have been deep in the trenches of a first draft of my new work-in-progress. I thought I could do both, and still be a parent, and have fun with my family. I thought wrong.

And so, my reading pace has slowed to a trickle.

BUT! I am almost done with my first draft (hooray!) and after that I need to put it aside before revising, so I will rededicate myself to the cause of Moby Dick!

For those interested, I’m on page 211 of my version, which is Chapter 54: “The Town-Ho’s Story.” This seems like a kind of random addition to the novel. Ishmael frames the story, which he heard during a gam he experienced on the Pequod, as him telling it in a bar in Lima, Peru at some point in the future. This seems like some unnecessary complication to an already complicated narrative. I’m hoping the bizarre scene setting makes sense by the end of the chapter…

Charles-W.-Morgan2-640x423And for random Moby Dick in the News stuff, did you know there’s a real, live old-timey whale ship sailing right now around the coast of New England? And I have a friend who is on the crew! It’s apparently the last wooden whaling ship on the planet. Here’s a link with a video about the voyage of the Charles W. Morgan whaling ship.

I’m aiming to get back to my regular weekly posting schedule–fingers crossed!


3 Responses to “Moby Dick – Blog 5”

  1. Thistle

    Hello! First off, I wanted to say that I’m loving No Safety In Numbers so much! I have about 10% of the first book left to read, and it’s getting to the point where it’s hard to go to work in the morning because I’d rather stay home and read!

    The ‘subscribe’ link for your blog posts doesn’t seem to work. I tried it on both Firefox and IE, as well as allowing popups for this site, and nothing seems to make it work. (Just as I was about to click Add Comment, I noticed the “Notify me of new posts by email” click box at the bottom. Maybe you could take the link from there and replace the ‘subscribe’ one at the top?)

    I’ve enjoyed reading your Moby Dick posts. I hate to admit it, but as much as I love reading, I’ve not yet read a number of classics, Moby included. Unfortunately, sometimes they don’t stand up. I remember loving Lord of the Flies as a kid, but I reread it last year and it just wasn’t very good at all. Same with Flowers for Algernon (can that be considered a classic?). I wish I had let my good memories of them stand as the only thing I knew of them.

    Anyway, thank you! No Safety is such a great book! I read a lot of YA, and so many of them fail at a basic thing: Making their teenage characters likeable. I love all of yours, along with the plot and everything else about it.


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