Do you know that when self reads a book, she mines it for every possible use? Like, in her own writing?

Right now, she’s 316 pages into writing a very dense novel that she hopes will allow readers to see what the Philippines was like in its natural, unspoiled state, before the friars turned the islands into dioceses. (Her manuscript used to be 319 pages, just an hour ago. But — really, the plot is just there so she can say something important. Hopefully. She also realizes she’s probably shooting herself in the foot by admitting this on her blog, but anyhoo! It’s not like the world is beating a path to her door!)

After castaway and the narrator get past the introductions, they first talk about cheese, and then:

“Well, now, Jim, I’ve lived that rough as you’d be ashamed to hear of.”

(Self wishes he would just say, she’s sure it can’t be that scandalous because there is literally NO ONE ELSE on that island. In other words, we are not talking Lord of the Flies here)

“Now, for instance, you wouldn’t think I had had a pious mother — to look at me?” he asked.

“Why, no, not in particular,” I answered.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


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