I posted on a social networking site to see if any of my friends, acquaintances, or colleagues had a connection to Twin Valley, our local state facility. And you know what? One of my friends was supervised by a guy who did his postdoctoral work at Twin Valley. So she put us in contact with each other. (Katie, you're the best!) He and I have emailed back and forth a few times, and we're going to meet next Thursday to talk.
Let's see, what else can I tell you about my visit last week. Well, I know I told you how they'd suicide proofed everything. One thing they had done was use piano hinges on the doors instead of regular hinges. Regular hinges -- especially on big, heavy institutional doors -- stick out (see top picture at right), and someone could loop a sheet or something over it and hang themselves. (Hanging seemed to be the big concern.) There's no way to loop something over a piano hinge (see bottom picture at right), and the hinges go from floor to ceiling, so there's no gap between the door and the jamb, either.
I'm working as steadily as I'm able on the edits my friend Mary gave me on ToM. They're really good -- I keep thinking they're like what an editor would give you. I do have a problem, though. As I cut out scenes that aren't adding anything to the story, and trimming other things, the story is getting shorter...and shorter... Normally I write things that are too long, but this novel has always been short (relatively speaking, of course), and I'm well into the red zone in terms of length. Like, I'm at 66,000 words. That's just not enough for an adult contemporary fantasy. Eighty thousand would be good, but there's no way on this earth that I can figure out how to add that many words.
Occasionally I feel like giving up on it completely. Not on writing, just on this particular novel. But I keep telling myself that I know there's at least one place I need to add a scene, and I'm hoping it will get longer. (Like one scene is going to fix my length problem? Ack. You can see why I'm having thoughts of digging a hole and burying the damn thing.)
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